Atlanta, GA

Portfolio WIP: Too many projects, not enough people


  • Submitted: Tue, 2016-05-24 20:42
  • Updated: Tue, 2016-05-24 20:42
Presenter: Joseph Vallone
  • Topic: Process
  • Type: 7 Minute Pecha Kucha

This is a common complaint of most enterprise executives. We have too many projects and not enough people to get the work done. I would argue that most organizations have enough people. The problem is there is too much WIP (Work in Process) and not enough focus on the most valuable items. As a result, we are not getting our projects to done. This lightning talk addresses the issues of getting to done by focusing on the work rather than the worker, by addressing some of the following questions:

How are projects or products being prioritized?
Are you considering sunk costs?
Do teams understand what they are working on but why?
What is the business value being delivered?
Is it aligned with corporate strategy?
Are your developers and testers multi-tasking because they believe you can deliver twice as fast?
Are you a victim of HIPPO (Highest Paid Person's Opinion) prioritization?


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