Sunday, September 18, 2016

How about some Wiscy in product development?

Lean and Kanban (as in David Andersons Kanban) focus very much on value to the customer – but in practice a lot of software development efforts are not quite there yet.

A humoresque (I hope) approach to increasing the productivity of software development was put forward once by the webcomic xkcd: the so-called "Ballmer Peak" Ballmer Peak

But since product development does not only consist of developing software there is more to delivering value for the customer.

And ever since 2011 when my friend and esteemed colleague Tom Breur introduced me to the concept of wiscy (yes it is an acronym, not the drink) I am torn between my instinct to urge people to flee analysis paralysis and to find out, what it is the user really really wants

You wonder what wiscy is? It is the question Why Isn’t Somebody Coding Yet?

And even though I strongly encourage early feedback through early delivery of working software, you should always make sure that you don't overdue it as depicted in this cartoon.


As they say in Zen and in tightrope walking – it is important to find the right balance.

till next time
  Michael Mahlberg

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