Alexander Nowak of the Microsoft Community of Practice of Cap Gemini Belgium has written a description of the tryout of the “Agreeing on Business Value with Systems Thinking” that will be re-run on April 1st at Mini XP Day Benelux.
In his post he describes the following main points:
- Business Value is multi-dimensional and not always easy to express. The key lies in the measurability of things.
- The “Business Value Model” is a technique to set the context of the “big” why and communicate this across the organization (small or big).
- It is built around the concepts we are mostly familiar with (and borrowed from other techniques).
- The “Systems Thinking” part comes into play to discover relationships between goals, capabilities, stakeholders and measurements and risks. When you turn a knob here, something will happen on the other end… and vice versa.
- A business value model is not carved in stone. You must always evaluate if what is described (or better drawn) in the model actually reflects reality.
- This visualization is important for communication. Doing the value exercise can be an eye-opener for the people in the project and/or organization.
- The “Business Value Model” should be the origin for all user stories.
Yes. That’s it. Couldn’t have said it better myself 🙂
Hope to see you at the conference!