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The heart of the matter in this engagement was ensuring that technical debt stories would not become ‘second citizens.’ We proposed treating technical debt as a strategic investment theme. To our way of thinking, technical debt is no different from customary budget allocations to growing market segments, tactical sales opportunities, cost reduction and the like.
Allocation Flows in the Data Structure of the Enterprise
InformIT has just posted my interview with Jim Highsmith. While the interview naturally focuses on the the new edition of Agile Project Management, Jim makes quite a few observations on deep truths. For example, in response to my asking him to do a quick “retrospective” of the period since he signed the Manifesto, Jim gives both perspective and retrospective. Here is an excerpt from his answer:
If the Agile movement is to continue, we have to better understand what the core Agile principles really are, and not just our personal interpretation, and then find ways to incorporate thoughts and ideas that may seem in conflict with our own ideas. Just because some Agile camps may have a more widespread audience, that doesn’t make them the source for all things Agile. The essence of change is tolerance for new ideas that conflict with our own.
Enjoy reading the full interview!
The Standish data are NOT a good indicator of poor software development performance. However, they ARE an indicator of systemic failure of our planning and measurement processes.
Jim is referring to the standard definition of project “success”:
One time, on budget, all specified features
Jim elaborates on this key point in the forthcoming second edition of Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products. Stay tuned…