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Nesting Easter eggs show each layer of the process improvement architecture

One of my children owned a (Russian nesting doll) that is now somewhere in our attic.  I was always struck how one piece fit within the other and how getting the assembly out of order generated a mess. I think I learned more from the toy than my children did.  The matryoshka doll is a wonderful metaphor for models, frameworks, and methodologies. A model represents the outside shell into which a framework fits followed by the next doll representing a methodology placed inside the framework. Like models, frameworks, and methodologies, each individual doll is unique, but they are related to the whole group of dolls. (more…)

Beer System

Frameworks, methodologies and systems are tools to create value.  They provide guidance for practitioners.  It is easy to become convinced that you need the newest, shiniest framework, methodology or system.  The means becomes as, or more important, than the end.  While having the right framework is important, in the end, it is the product that gets delivered that is important.

As you begin a project remember that the goal of the project is to deliver value to the organization that is funding the project.  When delivering a project the ends and the means are clearly related, however the means can’t become the goal.  Focusing on the end product, business goal, makes delivering value much more likely.

FYI – The picture today is a close friend’s new brewing system.  The beer is great and that is what really counts!

Note that the Software Process and Measurement Podcast features an interview this week with Bob Ferguson on Product Development  – check it out!