Solutions Architecture Framework (SAF) - (a KM Design Thinking Framework) #design-thinking
For those of you interested in topics like Design Thinking and KM frameworks, the article “Solutions Architecture Framework (SAF)” provides an overview of the framework used by Solutions Architects, Enterprise Architects Business Architects, Management Consultants, Engineers to identify complex problems, analyze them, and get to viable solutions.
[Direct article address: https://www.if4it.com/solutions-architecture-framework-saf]
Variations of this type of framework have been successfully used and validated by Management Consulting firms for many decades. What makes this type of framework different than most other Design Thinking Frameworks (DTFs) like IDEA and Double Diamond are things like:
Why this is important to the KM Community and KM Professionals: The KM community is constantly looking for frameworks and tools that are considered highly repeatable and that lead to high confidence decisions. There are very few frameworks and tools that will achieve this. Due to its high levels of use and validation, over many decades, the SAF is one of the rare few that does achieve these things (assuming it is properly applied).
NOTE: While they haven’t been “polished” for final release yet, I will happily share our SAF Templates with anyone in the KM community who might be interested in them. Warning: The bundle is very large.
I hope you find the materials useful and worth sharing. I’m happy to discuss any opinions, thoughts and feedback you might have on the topic.
Frank Guerino, Managing PartnerThe International Foundation for Information Technology (IF4IT)