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Projects and Features: Keeping Reality From Batting Last

July 14, 2012

I recently read a blog on the Harvard Business Review Website titled: A Better Project Model than the “Waterfall”.In it, the author describes how projects get sidetracked by specifying too many technical features and not necessarily addressing the customer problem to be solved to development teams.  He describes his business partner saying, “in software development reality bats last.” How often does communication of a business problem get lost in too much technical detail sent down to a development team.  At the product launch, it could be a perfect product was created by the team that has nothing to do with a customer need.  Get the team on board, work a little harder to communicate a customer problem and ask to help them build a product to solve it.  The features will flow from there.

Model waterfall

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