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Field Notes

Posts by Jim Hayden

It’s All Relative

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smaller batch sizes

Often when working with clients I am asked about smaller batch sizes…mostly in the context of “How is that even possible? Look at what’s on our plate already.” Admittedly that’s a tall order. Everyone is working as hard as they can; unfortunately, nothing is fundamentally moving through the system. Typically the result at end of […]

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Agile Specifications

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The Problem with Agile Specifications We’ve all been there. Sitting in an uncomfortable feature review where each point of feedback is being taken as an attack on the Delivery Team, who promptly retorts with, “The specifications weren’t clear.” After the meeting, the Program Team and Delivery Team each retreat to their respective corners and discuss […]

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Smaller Batches Increase Value Potential

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Smaller Batches Increase Value Potential

Imagine this… You’re living in a “perfect” world and you have a number of features/projects you’ve committed to do this year.  Since we’re living in a perfect world they will all finish On-Time, On-Budget and with 100% of the requested Scope. Which of the scenarios would you prefer (and why)? Scenario A – All projects start January […]

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Cost of Delay. What Does It Mean?

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Oftentimes when I ask Product Owners how they choose which projects their teams focus on first, they don’t have a technique for prioritization.  Cost of Delay is a concept that a lot of organizations are using and that has gained traction over the years. Unfortunately, many people are still struggling with the concept of Cost […]

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Going Agile

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I coach for a living. I coach companies through the journey of their agile transformation. I love what I do, and I love seeing the joy people experience when their transformation journey yields meaningful results. However, people’s joy can be lost when their expectations, e.g. I thought it would happen easily or more quickly, don’t align with reality. Often the “WHY?” for […]

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