The Editorial Independence of ‘what’ and ‘how’

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After a small stint working for a media company I’ve seen a little of editorial independence in action, I think it has benefits for freedom of press. I mention this by way of analogy as I think there is also a benefit to separating out ‘what’ you want to achieve the product goal, and ‘how’ you want to achieve it and having the best possible ‘how’, the architectural approach, at least initially not constrained by the pressure of also defining how and when it will be delivered.

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Agile Delivery Metrics

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Applying a consistent measurement approach to teams can be a contentious issue, I believe the foundation of any attempt to measure a set of teams in the same manner is to use this as a tool for the teams to reflect on how they are working and discuss with other teams, rather than any sort of ranking or absolute value comparison. So as a senior manager I might use a comparison to ask a question like “why are this team having such high variance in delivery?” or “are we taking too much risk in this area?” As opposed to team x are not as good as team y.

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