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Re: [XP] Petition the King might actually work

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  • Ron Jeffries
    Thanks, James!! ... Ron Jeffries www.XProgramming.com Resistance may or may not be futile. It is for sure not productive.
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 17, 2004
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      Thanks, James!!

      On Tuesday, August 17, 2004, at 3:00:02 PM, James Cloughley wrote:

      > I'm not sure when but several months ago, I read about "Petition the
      > King" (see http://www.xprogramming.com/xpmag/PetitionTheKing.htm). I
      > brought it up at a meeting because we found it difficult to achieve a
      > balance between servicing new requests from Sales, servicing existing
      > clients and paying down Technical Debt.

      > Anyhow, at the end of the article Ron mentioned that if someone ended up
      > trying it, to let people know.

      > After several iterations, it seems to be working. Now prior to each
      > iteration, we decide on a list of things to accomplish based on current
      > requests from Sales/Marketing, our Account Managers and we save some
      > resources to address Technical Debt issues.

      > A direct result of "Petition the King" is that it allows us to build
      > features into the product that are needed now. This provides excellent
      > focus and trims the enhancements that although may be a great idea to
      > implement some day, are not necessary to deliver the most business value
      > today.

      > We still keep a repository of outstanding enhancements but the
      > petitioners are responsible for logging the enhancement and they must
      > remember to petition the king, not us.



      Ron Jeffries
      www.XProgramming.com
      Resistance may or may not be futile. It is for sure not productive.
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