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0:00 Intro 3:23 The Questions 18:39 Team Questions 19:18 Settings 22:27 Results 25:53 Results Expanded 36:40 Outro
Are you building the right thing?
I’ve seen many times where teams are spending time on good features when they could have been working on great features. A few select reasons from many reasons you may see this are:
The developer has limited exposure to customer benefits
Team could use greater understanding of the target experience
Poor communication between or from stakeholders
Less focus on building for customers
It is a passion project for the team
To be used as a meeting exercise, I created a calculator to show how valuable a feature, maintenance, infrastructure or pipeline work is for a project. The calculator does a good job showing if the work:
Is too large
Is better to buy or license instead of building ourselves
Is potentially a distinctive competency
Has good ROI
Has a workaround that is better than the feature
Is something we are confident is
What priority number it should be
The intent is not to have this calculator actually pick what we should do. The intent is to ensure we have thought through what we intend to do, have the ability to answer all of the questions about it, and have had a chance to talk about it.
In the next video of this series I’ll start stepping through exactly how the calculator determines everything.
Lastly, A note for the eagle eyed of the bunch, I’ve squished the small bug that you might see.
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