Value by Andrea Provaglio

Speaker Andrea Provaglio
  • talk
  • 45
  • coaching
  • management
Presentation language
  • English

In Agile we like to deliver valuable software to our customers on a regular basis. However, while it’s pretty clear what “software” means, we cannot really say the same about “valuable”. The definition of Value in a project (with an uppercase “V”) is frequently fuzzy and confused.

Even within the same project, asking different stakeholders what Value means to them produces different answers; and the same stakeholder will likely provide different definitions of Value, depending on their perception and role in the project.

Most stakeholders will naturally associate Value to money, sometimes through surprisingly creative correlations; but there are other dimensions, equally valid, such as strategic positioning, company image, innovation and learning, and so forth.

Understanding the multidimensional nature of Value becomes therefore critical to drive the project to success.

However, the traditional approach to defining value stems either from a financial mindset or from and engineering mindset, and both may turn out to be incomplete or inadequate to address the complexity of the Agile projects we face and of the ecosystem in which they exist.

In this talk we’ll address what Value means in Agile for different stakeholders; how to map and categorize the stakeholders; how to describe Value on different dimension and how to track it; how to bring system awareness to your project’s definition of value. We’ll also see what happens when we don’t do that.

  1. The Agile definition(s) of Value
  2. Who are your stakeholders?
  3. Hierarchical representation of stakeholders' needs
  4. Systemic representation of stakeholders' needs
  5. Practical approaches to mapping value
Constraints and Class Arrangement
Session History

This talk was presented as:

  • Keynote at Scrum Gathering Prague 2015
  • Keynote at Agile Slovenia 2015
  • Presentation at Italian Agile Day 2015
Last Updated 07 Feb 08:50