47055RE: [scrumdevelopment] Prioritization of Stories in Business Productivity Automation
- Jun 1, 2010
I was unclear. We will deploy every two weeks to what we are calling a user experience test environment. The entire user community will be able to see, test, play and give feedback. We just won’t deploy to the production environment until the whole process or at least one path through the process is complete.
Tara E. Santmire, CSM, PMP
I would like to make a quick comment on the matter of deploying.
There is a significant risk in waiting to deploy until the whole product is finished. A 'big bang' deployment can come unstuck very easily, as we have seen many times. It is an all or nothing scenario, with the potential to be very disruptive.
I do not see deployment of part of the system as necessarilly deploying into a production mode. There is a lot of value in deploying parts of the system as they are developed, assuming, of course, that the parts being deployed are a reasonably complete and exercisable sub-set. But even a single report can be usefully deployed.
Doing it this way gives the users an opportunity to train on the software, to exercise the software, potentially finding bugs that always seem to occur when a user uses the software in a particular way, unforeseen previously. It also gives the opportunity for feedback about changes, and new requirements that using the software elicits.
So there is a little-by-little flow of training, feedback, familiarisation etc. that is extremely valuable.
Also, the mere fact that users see progress, manifested by usable parts being given to them regularly and frequently, keeps the project visible, giving users more confidence (and the developers) that things are on-track. The old feeling of 'we'll never see anything from this long, drawn-out process, that is invisible to us anyway' is overcome.
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 20:07:41 -0400
Subject: RE: [scrumdevelopment] Prioritization of Stories in Business Productivity Automation
Ron – Thanks for taking the time to reply.
On business value – I think that the PO is taking the point of view that she does not want to deploy until the entire process is deployable and so there is no business value in partial process so just do it in order. Do you have any suggestions about how I might disabuse her of that notion? Or might she be correct? Even if she is wrong, if she is so engrained in thinking this through in terms of the process, might there be value in proceeding in this order?
On risk – the team has reviewed the process and the associated user stories and their estimation of technical risk is that they are all in the same bin. The team feels that they have done something fairly similar, for the various pieces of the process. I can try and go back and elicit more granularity.
On amount to learn – you may be right. I don’t have good ideas about how to elicit more information about prioritization in terms of “amount we need to learn”. Do you have suggestions? Even if you are correct, if the PO and users are so engrained in thinking this through in terms of the process, might there be value in proceeding in this order as this is the only way they can think through all the ramifications of decisions?
Tara E. Santmire, CSM, PMP
Hello, Tara. On Monday, May 31, 2010, at 8:23:52 AM, you wrote:
> The product owner wants to prioritize these stories in the sameIt seems unlikely to me that the business value of the stories is
> order that they occur in the business process. I don't see any problems
> with this, but I have a nagging feeling that I am missing something. Does
> this seem like a reasonable way of prioritizing the stories? Does it have
> any potential drawbacks?
decreasing with ordinal position in the business process. It seems
unlikely to me that the risk of the stories decreases with ordinal
position in the business process. It seems unlikely to me that the
amount we need to learn decreases with ordinal position in the
Therefore it seems unlikely to me that priority is in same order as
the position of the item in the business process.
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