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Stakeholder and Risk Management with SoDIS
Authors: Carol Boughton and Clive Boughton
Format: Available in paperback or electronic format
Publisher: Softimp Publishing 2010
Language: English
ISBN (Paperback) : 978-0-9807871-0-8
ISBN (Electronic) : 978-0-987871-1-5
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In Stakeholder and Risk Management with SoDIS™ the authors explain the theory behind the SoDIS Process® and present information to justify undertaking a SoDIS™ Analysis as part of project management. Also provided is practical guidance on the application of SoDIS™ Project Auditor (SPA), as well as how to use SPA to maximise the benefits of undertaking a SoDIS™ Analysis, including as part of a SoDIS™ Inspection Process. The section titled 'History of SoDIS' captures the 'SoDIS journey' through which the value and on-going application of the SoDIS™ methodology has been demonstrated. Although SoDIS™ has arisen in the context of software development, the methodology captured in the SoDIS process® and reflected in SPA is equally applicable in other project domains.

The SoDIS Process® expands on the generally applied software development risk analysis methods by explicitly addressing a range of qualitative questions about the potential impacts of a development from differing stakeholder perspectives.

There are many valuable practical project management tools available to aid managers in tracking their projects but none address what the fundamental pre-requisites to aiding the identification of potential problems in advance, recording that information, identifying possible solutions and recording and tracking implementation of those solutions. In other words providing a mechanism for guiding managers, recording their thoughts and analyses, checking progress, and generating an audit trail, which becomes the basis for learning and improvement for subsequent projects. The SoDIS process® and the associated SoDIS™ Project Auditor tool are that mechanism.


  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Preface
  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgements
  • History of SoDIS™
  • Chapter 1 - SoDIS™ Why bother?
    • Backgroud: Project failure and risk
    • Risk Definition
    • Identifying Project Risks
    • The SoDIS Process®
    • Benefits of SoDIS™ to the Stakeholders
    • Managing Qualitative Risk with SoDIS™
    • So - Why bother?
  • Chapter 2 - Estimating 'program' value
    • The value of catching problem early in the life cycle
    • The challenge of creating a business case for SoDIS™
    • Legal concerns
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3 - Defining your project
    • Project Type and Stakeholder Roles
    • Project description
    • Identifying Stakeholders
    • Project Tasks
  • Chapter 4 - Which analysis is needed?
    • Preliminary Analysis
    • SoDIS™ Analysis
  • Chapter 5 - SoDIS™ Inspection Process
    • Phase 1 - Context scoping
    • Phase 2 - The SoDIS™ Audit
    • Phase 3 - Concerns Clustering
    • Phase 4 - Cluster Guided SoDIS™ Review
    • Phase 5 - Inspection Analysis Summary
  • Chapter 6 - Applying SoDIS™ with different project lifecycles
  • Chapter 7 - Examples
    • Tasman Town Traffic Control System
    • First Automated Refectory Campus Environment System (FARCE)
  • Appendix A: Quick Start Guide
  • Appendix B: Menu Choices
  • Appendix C: Navigation Choices
  • Appendix D: Screen Reference
  • Appendix E: Reports
  • Appendix F: Linkage to other tools
  • Appendix G: Sample Interview Questions for the SoDIS™ Inspection Process
  • Appendix H: About the Software
  • Glossary of Terms, Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Bibliography
  • Index