The formal Rigor Test consists of a 30-60 minute discussion, around 22 questions, among key stakeholders— the initiative sponsor, Roadmap owner (the person accountable for implementing the roadmap), two or three of his or her key team members, the program management office, and often representatives from finance, HR, and IT. The discussion consists of a set of seemingly obvious questions, clustered into three groups:
- Is the Roadmap clearly defined, logically structured, and readily implementable?
- Have we clearly identified the target impacts, their sources, timing, and leading indicators?
- Are critical interdependencies, risks and concerns clearly identified and addressed?
Essentially, the Rigor Test significantly strengthens communication and subjects the Roadmap to more upfront scrutiny. It’s a systematic way to make sure the organization is looking at all aspects of a plan and anticipating how it will flag potential issues.
This website has simplified the formal Rigor Test into 12 key questions to assess your Roadmap. These questions will provide your initiative plan with a strong approximation of success. To Rigor Test your initiative, please use the assessment below. (Note: the outcome of a Rigor Test factors in both the complexity of the Roadmap and the answers for each of the 12 statements.)