Planning for Value – Allan Kelly – Agile on the Beach Conference 2017

In this session from Agile On The Beach 2017 Allan Kelly discusses how to consider value rather than cost when feature planning.

Agile or waterfall? Which feature first? Which feature do we do next? Answering these questions becomes a lot easier if we consider value rather than cost. After all, there is always someone, somewhere, who will offer to do it for less – but will they deliver the same value? Once you get onto the value side of the equation deadlines become elastic. Cost-of-delay shows how different delivery dates result in different returns. Postponing high value work and building something less valuable first can actually increase total value.

In Allan’s presentation he takes a quick swing through cost-of-delay, introduce time-value profiles, show how applying “best before” and “use by” dates to your backlog items can help you maximise the value delivered and of course estimate value. He looks at turn to end-dates, and why how value estimates rather than effort estimations can help determine completion dates.

Allan makes digital development teams more effective and improves
delivery with continuous agile approaches to reduce delay and risk
while increasing value delivered. He helps teams and smaller companies
– including start-ups and scale-ups – with advice, coaching and
training. He specialises in product and engineering companies.
Managers, product and technical staff are all involved in his
improvements. Allan is the originator of Retrospective Dialogue Sheets
and Value Poker, the author of four books, including Xanpan – team
centric Agile Software Development and Business Patterns for
Software Developers and more recently Continuous Digital: An agile
alternative to project. On twitter he is @allankellynet.

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.

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