Monday, June 1, 2015

Excuse me, but what job did you say?

Agile Principle 5: Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.

Trust them to get the job done. What job?
  • Is it the job described in the business plan and in subsequent project plans, albeit lean plans consistent with the Agile Manifesto?
  • Is it the job that has been estimated and scheduled?
  • Is it the job as interpreted in near real time by the functional user?
  • Is it the job that evolves over several iterations and is adapted to the emergent value proposition?
Trust them to get the job done. What’s the definition of “DONE”?
  • Is it done when time/money runs out?
  • Is it done when the backlog is fully exhausted?
  • Or, is it done when the customer says it's done, or someone else says it is done?
If you can't give a 30 second elevator speech on each of these to the satisfaction of sponsor, product owner, and customer/user, you are not ready for prime time

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