Step 3: Creating and Reviewing the Draft Design Document

There is a real temptation on the part of businesses and perhaps even networking professionals to start the design process at this stage, skipping the previous stages. It seems so much easier to begin by identifying the solution to be implemented and to start talking about where to place it, how it will perform, and how much it will cost.

If you engage in a large number of projects over a long period of time, there will be a few where you will be able to get away with this approach. For multiple reasons, the pressure is always there to cut corners. However, skipping the identification and validation of requirements stages drastically increases your chances of designing a wrong solution ...

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