Value Vs Calendar

Which is more important, meeting the date or delivering a solution that thrills the customer? The answer is never as straight forward as we would like. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could take all of the time needed to build the perfect process?  Of course there are deadlines and promises to deliver that might place constraints on your improvement project.

Agile techniques such as short time-boxed deliveries provide an avenue for letting your stakeholders see the value that is being built and delivered.  Demonstrations and iteration planning sessions gives the product owner and other stakeholders a feedback loop to keep the process improvement team focused on what is valuable to them and by proxy, the entire organization.

The goal is value but if you promise to deliver on Tuesday you need to make sure you have something to show on Tuesday.