Harvard Partners' Scan-Focus-Act-Confirm methodology was specifically design to meet the needs of IT Infrastructure and Operations projects. Rapid assessments, opportunity and risk identification, detailed analysis, and confirmation are at the core of the S-FAC methodology.
Scan - Rapid, high-level, holistic assessment identifying areas for further research. During the scan phase, conceptual models are established, risks and opportunities are identified
Focus - Targeted analysis detailing opportunity and risk areas. Areas are scrutinized and evaluated thoroughly.
Act - Execute action plans delivering solid results using client's staff, vendors, and third-party consultants.
Confirm - Assure deliverables achieved the desired business impact, reentering the process if needed.
The S-FAC methodology originated with MG Taylor's Scan-Focus-Act model with a goal of a swift assessment, followed by a focused effort and action. Harvard Partners added the Confirm step as we believe validating results achieving the intended business goal is critical.