Project management teaches five phases to project delivery, which are widely accepted. In the software world these don’t translate well, however. If you build a product to offer a service, projects rarely are closed out fully. Instead, product development’s happens one initiative at a time.
One of my teams was so obsessed with velocity; they constantly stressed about doing ‘more.’ Yet, at the same time, they were not even able to get their velocity to a stable point. It turns out they cheated themselves out of good results.
Let me tell you a story about one of my teams that fell apart. And all it would have required was some amount of planning and focus to give people perspective and purpose.
Daily stand-ups. Most of you have seen and participated in the usual 3-question stand-ups. Super simple, classic, outdated, missing the point.