Stage 0: Feasibility
At the completion of Stage 0 consideration must be given to the ongoing feasibility of piloting the innovation. This will be summarised within the preliminary business case confirming the overall strategic fit and its business need. The extent and depth of this review will be appropriate for the scale of the innovation under consideration. For larger pilots this may involve an OGC Gateway 1 – Business Justification Review. For smaller pilots this may not be appropriate but the review should demonstrate that options have been identified and appraised and also affordability, achievability and value for money established.
Checklist 0 – Feasibility provides a summary of issues that should be considered, addressed and reviewed by the completion of this stage.
If an innovation is not considered feasible at the completion of Stage 0 the pilot should not be progressed. This could be for a number of reasons, for example the innovation may not be appropriate at this time or the potential impacts may be considered to be excessively detrimental. An exit strategy to provide a smooth completion of the pilot at this stage will need to be developed and implemented. Whatever the reasoning, lessons can be learnt from this feasibility stage and it is essential that these are collated and disseminated in accordance with the guidance provided in Stage 5.
If at the completion of Stage 0 the review concludes the innovation is feasible, it will progress to Stage 1.