Agile Business Change for December 2006

  1. Book review: "Assumption-based Planning" by James A. Dewar
  2. Agile Business Conference 2006
  3. On Hotels and Kano Models

1) "Assumption-based Planning" by James A. Dewar

Assumption-based Planning (ABP) is the standard work in how to reduce the effect of unintended consequences when planning. Although the technique has its roots in high-level strategic activities such as military planning, it is also directly applicable to systems development activities. There are also interesting links between the techniques in ABP and between scenario-based software development. Read more...

2) Agile Business Conference 2006

Agilier was very pleased to attend the Agile Business Conference 2006. Some of the highlights were:

  • A workshop on an agile version of Earned Value Analysis (EVA). EVA is the industry-standard technique for measuring project budget and schedule variance. One of the criticisms of the technique is that is heavyweight to use, with thirty-three indicators. The agile version of EVA that was demonstrated used just a handful of key indicators. Although in the research stage, it looked very promising - one of the criticisms of agile technologies is that they lack heavyweight credibility with senior executives. This approach may go a long way to ameliorate this.
  • An open-source version of one of the most popular software development processes - the Rational Unified Process (RUP). The new version is called the Open Unified Process (OpenUP), from IBM. This is a free version of RUP; much simpler and with fewer documents – all positive things in my opinion. They are various plug-ins planned for different agile methodologies. More details at:

3) On Hotels and Kano Models

As I have been staying in hotels rather often recently, I have noticed that Internet access varies widely from establishment to establishment; varying from almost-nil (“we’ve got dial-up”) through pay-as-you-go up to free wireless access in all areas. This started me thinking about Kano analysis... Read more...

All best wishes for the month ahead.

Kind regards,
Marcus Price

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