The Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF), using a series of models, helps guide an organization through the process of moving its technology systems toward its overall objectives. MSF has five main phases, which are envisioning, planning, developing, stabilizing, and deploying. Its structured approach to project management helps a supervisor keep team members on target.
In the MSF model, team members are generally considered equal peers during the project. No member is designated the “boss.” The overall manager does divide the project and assign certain tasks to each member. This prevents important project parts from being left out. It also allows every team member to know his or her responsibilities without constant reminders. The MSF model can be adapted to teams both large and small. These features, combined with definite milestones, help move projects toward their successful completion.
Rao Chalasani is a risk management professional and programmer with over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Currently residing in New Jersey, Rao Chalasani developed his expertise working with major New York banks such as Merrill Lynch and Bank of America.