Supply chain? Value chain? They’re interchangeable right? What’s the difference and does it matter?
Recently, someone told me they wanted to ‘identify where they sit in their value chain’. While this sounds reasonable, it really makes no sense at all.
Waterfall projects are more successful than agile projects. Wait! What?
For a university paper I am currently writing, I revisited the 2013 Chaos Manifesto. This report marked a watershed moment in the long history of the Standish Group and their biennial Chaos Reports that chart the factors that make projects successful.
What stood out for me, on this reading, was the diagram on page 25 that shows 49% of waterfall projects were successful, against 46% of agile projects.
You know when someone pulls out the packs of planning poker cards that you’re about to enter into a parallel universe where the normal rules of working life are temporarily suspended and we use a form of game-play to get us past the awkwardness of not wanting to estimate our backlog items.
I will be writing separately, soon, on how gamification makes Scrum, and other variants of agile projects, possible. For now, I would like us to consider those times when planning poker goes bad.
When we start out on a venture, of any kind, we hope things will run smoothly, we expect the ‘happy path’ / ‘sunny day’ scenario to be true. In designing our software, though, we know that we need to allow for alternate paths and exceptions. In the same way, when thinking about our projects, we should expect to be hit from left-field with surprises, and have ways of coping with those.