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18655how/why to use big-picture measurements when making schedule promises

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  • Michael James
    Jan 10, 2007
      Excessive management attention to micromeasurements (tasks, daily burndown,
      intermediate design artifacts like UML, SLOC, etc.) leads to micromanagement.

      But customers are entitled to a better answer than "it will be done when
      it's done."

      Here's a radical idea: make schedule and scope commitments (i.e. release plans)
      based on how fast your teams actually work, instead of how fast someone
      thinks they should work. Use big-picture measurements (or "macromeasurements")
      instead of misleading metrics that inhibit team self-organization.

      I've uploaded a paper describing one proven approach to this:


      Michael James, CST
      Danube Technologies, Inc.