schedule Oct 24th 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM place Executive Boardroom

In the simplest of terms, software development decisions for commercial organizations can be reduced to a calculation of whether the cost of developing the software will be outweighed by the estimated revenue generated or costs saved by the software.  However, as Mark Schwartz points out in his book, “The Art of Business Value Paperback” this simple explanation is insufficient for commercial organizations, and not applicable for government and other non-commercial organizations for whom the impact of software isn’t primarily measured in terms of revenue.  

In this session participants will experience a simulation that has been created to explore these question of how to make decisions about investments to deliver mission and business value by examining the impact of these decisions on the performance of organizations in changing environments.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Introduction and Simulation Setup (8 Minutes)

We split the participants into groups.  There will be one group per table, and each table will simulate an organization.  As part of the setup, each group will pick three measures that their organization will use to assess their mission.

Round 1: (7 minutes)

Participants will have 5 turns (or until the time is up) of a dice-rolling simulation in which the performance of their organization will be measured and charted using several different metrics. We have devised an approach using poker chips to measure and create a chart of their results.

Round 2: (10 minutes)

Participants will have the opportunity to select from one of several different capabilities to try to improve their organization's performance.  After selecting, they will continue the simulation for another 5 turns (or until the time is up)

Round 3: (10 minutes)

Participants will have the opportunity to select from another capability to try improve their organization's performance.  After selecting, they will continue the simulation for another 5 turns (or until the time is up)

Since nothing goes as planned, the facilitators will introduce some events that will alter the simulation as it progresses.

Wrap-up (10 Minutes)

Discuss the lessons from the simulation and how they can apply to their non-simulated organizations.

Learning Outcome

Participants will be equipped to prioritize investments in government and other non-commercial settings and to assess the impact of those investments.  Participants will be able to see how investment decisions can be viewed as hypothesis that can are tested by their operation.

Target Audience

Folks who have a role in prioritizing work from a business point of view in government and other non-commercial organizations. Folks from commercial organizations can also gain insights from the workshop, but they are not the focus.

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    I think the word "paperback" is extraneous in your description.


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