At our last meeting...
Prioritizing features based on relative cost
During our February SofTech event, Steve Bockman lead us on the journey of feature prioritization and for those of you who were at his team estimation presentation in 2013, yes....fruit consumption was prioritized.
The Fantastic Features workshop highlighted several key principles:
- Identification of a process bottleneck is essential to calculating relative costs
- Relative costs of features are proportional to time spent at the process bottleneck
- Time estimates need only be made for the process bottleneck—estimates for non-bottleneck operations are unnecessary
- Prioritizing features in “bang for the buck” order can be done simply and methodically.
Steve Bockman is a software developer turned productivity consultant. He is the founder of Agile Unlimited, a company in Northern California that focuses on helping organizations enhance their effectiveness.
Steve is the originator of Team Estimation, a technique for collaboratively estimating work effort. He is also the author of Predictability, a business novel about creating reliable project schedules.
SofTECH is a non-profit trade organization committed to fostering communication and cooperation for business and technology professionals in Northern California's Marin and Sonoma counties. Its goal is to identify and showcase technology leaders and support the technology user community.
Established as the North Bay Software and Information Technology Association in 1994, SofTECH hosts monthly networking meetings featuring guest speakers from the bay and beyond. All meetings are open to the public and members attend for free. If you are interested in developing and presenting a program for SofTECH, please contact our Program Director, John Melendez.