ESF/3 is a framework that can combine multiple methodologies, best practices and other frameworks in one integral (holistic)
approach, for:
– Identifying and decomposing problems,- Finding the “best fit for purpose”- solution scenario(s)
– Supporting an organization in successfully implementing the identified solution (=change).

Next to this ESF/3 captures the solution in such a way (solution blueprint) that it can be made available to others
who are in need of the same or comparable solution (e.g. it creates a common language for capturing and transferring knowledge and/or lessons learned).

The ESF/3- approach to Solution Blueprinting takes into account that industry solutions are individual and unique, and,
therefore, a Solution Blueprint (SB) is not a “solution in a box.” It is instead a comprehensive framework and approach
that includes a collection of past experiences and knowledge so that the focus is not on starting from scratch or
duplicating other approaches, but rather communicating to make things better, on-time and on-budget. An SB is a
dynamic and a fundamental part of an ongoing process.
ESF/3 is comprised of the following compartments:
  1. Knowledge & Best Practices Domain:
    This compartment deals with the method of identification of the appropriate knowledge sources, applicable
    best practices (if any) and related standards and methodologies in relationship to the problem that needs to
    be solved.
  2. Common Problem-/Solution- Definition Structure:
    This compartment contains the holistic structure to capture the problem (architectural decomposition) and the
    potential solution(s). The structure is partly based upon Enterprise Architecture (EA) frameworks (which in
    essence are able to describe an enterprise, its structure and its components and the relationships between
  3. Solution Blueprints:
    The output of the ESF/3 structure (engine) is contained in a so called “Solution Blueprint” (SB)
  4. Change Delivery Framework:
    Describing a solution is one thing. Actually delivering it is another. Implementing a solution can be seen as a
    form of change an organization needs to go through. Solutions cannot be achieved without any form of change.
ESF/3 utilizes these control domains to execute and deliver the (contents of the) Solution Blueprint within agreed upon
time-, budget- and quality restrictions. It is the combination of the Solution Blueprints and the control domains which empowers organizations to be more in control.