Business Value

27
Jan

Is Value More Important Than Velocity?

value-v-velocityWe’ve all heard the ‘promise’ that Agile done properly can result in reduced costs, higher quality and quicker times to market.

But what exactly does it take to realise those benefits?

And should managers/teams be focusing on velocity or business value delivered?

In this video, Agile coach Jeff “Cheezy” Morgan shares a number of effective practices and strategies for cutting costs and delivering high quality products/software faster on Agile projects.

Jeff is Chief Technology Officer and a cofounder of LeanDog. He’s been coaching teams on Agile and Lean techniques for over 10 years now, so it’s safe to say he knows what he’s talking about.

Have a watch and do feel free to share your thoughts. Read more

14
Jan

Epistemic Arrogance on Agile Projects

In the book ‘Black Swan’ Nassim Taleb introduces the concept of epistemic arrogance: where what a person thinks they know exceeds what they actually know.

On Agile projects, epistemic arrogance is evident when there’s a mis-match between what we think the customer needs and what the customer actually needs – something David Hussman refers to as ‘Product Arrogance’.

Although one of the key goals of Agile is to deliver value to customers early, it’s not uncommon for ‘agile’ labeled projects to end up delivering the wrong thing on time and within budget. From a Lean perspective, anything that does not deliver value to the customer is waste; and according to Taiichi Ohno, father of the Toyota Production System, “waste is a crime” – as well as bad for business!

In this video, Product Anthropologist David Hussman shares some valuable tips, including: Read more