All your Projects are Red until you deliver something working

When we decide to move from big batch, plan driven long dated constructs of change, so projects and programs in the traditional sense, to more agile methods, we need to rethink a whole raft of stuff. Assume for a second, if you will, we are using the historical program and project construct to identify and deliver change. Initiatives are bundled into a sequential approach and governed through stages of largely documentation production accordingly. As long as you are on track to the stages, your documents are reviewed and signed off, you are Green.

Then we disrupt this. We want more agility on how we identify, plan, deploy and release change. We want to deliver outputs to our customers and ultimately value or outcomes earlier and more regularly, which is one of the significant advantages of an agile delivery model. So we get an ROI uplift. Projects can be self funded.

So lets start a new theory and trial it. EVERY project is red until your first release to a real customer. No more debate, hand wringing, angst or arguments. Recognise and accept that until you have delivered something that tests your theories, is validated and works, and your customers are using it, you have done nothing. Use the RED as it is meant to be - a call to action to pay attention, provide support , facilitate and break through barriers, provide resources and time. Help the team get to done.

My goal is for the attendees to use this session to actually crowd source and  develop a model that people can take back to their business and propose, from scratch using design thinking and agile techniques. 

 

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. Quick Ice breaker that can be conducted in a large room, depending on what stage of the day we are at. Add some energy to the group. Will use a key question to drive thinking about project delivery- how many words can yo think of in   sixty seconds
  2. intro to the structure of the day and our outcome of crowd sourcing  a framework to replace the current traffic light system for project ratings. 
    • begin with what a project is about and why we use the construct.
    • talk about traditional project stages and the colour rating systems evolution 
    •  Talk about the Agile values and how we value working stuff over comprehensive documentation 
    • Introduce the idea of rsting everything red unto its delivered and validated the idea
    • bring in some basic design thinking practice techniques and how we will  apply them
  3. Frame the problem statement : "we want to create a new paradigm where every project is Red until it deliver something working" - create an hypothesis to test and learn against 
  4. Group to diverge around ideas to develop a framework
  5. Affinity map and converge on some key items
  6. create a pilot to test
  7. Test and validate with sample user group - outside the room?
  8. prove or disprove the hypothesis
  9. develop the framework 
  10. close with a call to action.

Learning Outcome

the move away from thinking your project is green and progressing well when you have actually done nothing other than produce documents . Validated no assumptions. Reduced no risk. .

use design thinking in a practical sense on  a real world problem

Crowdsource a new operating paradigm for rating projects  

Develop a framework people can take to their business 

Target Audience

People working at the intersection of agile and project delivery frameworks

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