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According to various unsubstantiated historical reports, 20 years ago we had BIG up front analysis and design done by architects and analysts working in ivory towers, stroking their beards and doing lots and lots of diagrams.
Now beards are back in fashion - but nobody wants to go back to those days.
Iterative approaches like agile (I’ve heard) sometimes tell us to throw away our diagrams and embrace more emergent analysis and design techniques over up front work. But hang on a minute! I like diagrams! If we plunge straight into story writing and task board shuffling, aren’t we in danger of losing sight of the big picture? Stories blow up in your faces, dragons reveal themselves and you end up stuck in a giant ball of mud, desperately trying to refactor your way out of it. BDD techniques help with this, but it’s still hard to get the right balance .
In this session, Jenny will explore the many different heartbeats of iterations and collaboration you have within our organisations, and the different levels of decomposition that happen as you move from the problem to the solution domain.
You will discover a model that might help you plan more effective collaboration and join up with other team activities so that you and your teams are all aligned and working on the right thing at the right time. Jenny hopes you might try a collaboration-driven approach in your own teams and see if it helps you start small and get the balance right between up front and iterative activities.
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Jenny Martin coaches in Agile delivery, quality improvement and innovation gaming. She has a deep appreciation for business goal segmentation and the visualization of what she labels ‘horizons of value’ within business strategy.