In my last post, I described the simulation I use to teach Cost of Delay (CoD) and Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF). This often provides the impetus to begin, and one of the beauties of the model is that you can adopt it before you’ve even begun to change delivery method. Beginning your change with a shared definition of value and a rich supporting discussion is a great launch point!
The first step is to make sure you know your vision and overarching strategy. This need has usually emerged in the debrief on the simulation. One group will mention how they paused with 10 minutes to go to say “what kind of city are we really building here?” Every other group will look around and say “aaah, if only we’d started there!”. Pulling it back to SAFe terminology, we are looking at the workshop(s) to define the strategic themes and portfolio vision.
With a sound strategic vision in place, we look next at adapting the model to the organisational context. Three key questions need to be answered:
- Do we use Dean’s components for CoD?
- Do we weight the components equally or otherwise?
- What specific factors contribute to each component?