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Network development planning

Is there any formal or de facto statement on network development planning similar to the software engineering development life cycle (example: waterfall method) that simply can list out every item or stage to drawing on it for the entire network design posing to technical (team basis in project management)and non-technical people (the organization council).
As far as I know, there is no such formalization currently available. We (Apparent Networks) have been developed a high level "straw-man" proposal that we reference – we refer to it as the Network Life Cycle (NLC) composed of eight major phases:
  • Business Case
  • Requirements
  • Request for Proposals
  • Planning
  • Staging
  • Deployment
  • Operation
  • Review

We have not released it in detail although there an abstract is available (see the NLC introduction to the Network Performance guide.)

I would strongly encourage an appropriate standards body to pursue the development of the Network Life Cycle or something comparable. It is long overdue as the network industry needs a common vocabulary and alignment, similar to the software development industry.

This was last published in June 2004

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