Tying risk models together with class of service

Posted on February 15th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean by siddharta || 1 Comment

The previous three posts talked about three dimensions of product risk:

Based on the category that a feature falls into, it makes sense to handle it differently. Kanban uses something called a Class of Service to abstract this idea. The concept can be applied in any project – Kanban or Scrum.

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Incorporating cost of delay in feature prioritization

Posted on February 14th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean by siddharta || 5 Comments

When it comes to backlog prioritization, there are many factors to consider. One factor is the “cost of delay” of the feature.

What is cost of delay? And why is it important?

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The three types of features in your product backlog

Posted on February 10th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean by siddharta || 5 Comments

One of the big mistakes that an agile team can make is to create a backlog of features and then treat every feature in exactly the same way. From a business point of view, features are not all equal. Some features are very important to the success of the project, whereas others are extremely unimportant. I’m not talking about business value – you can have unimportant features which have a high business value, for example. How? Read on.

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Product Owners – What kind of product risk are you dealing with?

Posted on February 7th, 2011 in Agile, Kanban, Lean by siddharta || 5 Comments

I often meet Product Owners who don’t really understand the product they are building. This is sad because it means the product is doomed for failure right at the start. This is a single point of failure. All the benefits of agile software development and agile project management rest on one critical assumption – that the product owner understands what is being built. If the product owner doesn’t do a good job with managing the backlog, then it doesn’t matter if you have a the best agile team doing continuous deployments and one week sprints – you’re just doing to deliver the wrong product faster to market.

“What kind of product risk are you dealing with?”

This is the first question I ask when talking to a product owner. If you don’t understand this, then the project is in deep trouble right from the start.

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Webinar: Leveraging Enterprise Kanban

Posted on January 19th, 2011 in Kanban, Lean by siddharta || 2 Comments

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been posting on business agility and enterprise kanban.

Today, I’ll be doing a free, 45 minute webinar on the topic which will expand on the series of blog posts.

Join the webinar here: Leveraging Enterprise Kanban

And for those of you who missed some posts, here are is the complete series:

  1. The need for enterprise Kanban
  2. How queues impact business agility
  3. Multi-tier Kanban
  4. Using the enterprise kanban board to coordinate multiple teams

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