Thursday, October 23, 2014

Agile Customer Rights & Responsibilities

When we start working with stakeholders who are new to an Agile process, there's often a big mismatch in expectations. One of my clients (thanks Aaron!) suggested we create a Customer Bill of Rights. What do you think of this? I'll update this post as I learn from responses below.

Rights & Responsibilities
As an Agile Customer, I have the right to:
  • Get what I want when I want it
IFF I've answered questions about the request, helped decompose it into actionable chunks, prioritized those chunks, explained why we want it, accounted fro IT-supplied estimates, remain open to negotiation on scope, and have verified that external dependencies have been met.
  • Change my mind, and/or clarify intent, and/or insist defects are fixed
 IFF I review work-in-progress regularly and give feedback (at demos, some stand-ups).

  • Decide if something is DONE
IFF I review the team's work that has met their definition of done and state that it's Accepted.

  • Receive high quality solutions
IFF Acceptance Criteria and examples are defined.

  • Predictable & reliable delivery (accurate estimates)
IFF I co-create a roadmap and share my vision.

  • Mitigate Risks early
IFF we create spike cards.

  • See progress demonstrated in a way I understand, with words I use 
IFF I teach the teams about the business.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lean Startup Snowflakes slide deck

This year I've run the Lean Startup Snowflakes game at several events (instructions to run the game are published at; it was run at: RallyON, Agile, and Agile Tour Philadelphia. Here's the slide deck I use.