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Showing posts from October, 2012

The prickly parts of project inception in an agile world....

One of the key themes at many organisations on their agile journey is how to start a project. One of the questions I often hear is how much information is enough to get started? What is required is a flexible method of defining enough information to start your project journey and at times redefine what is required.

I came across a technique in the interestingly titled The Agile Samurai by Jonathan Rasmussen (a man who takes his craft very seriously). The Inception Deck is a toolbox of exercises, designed to tease out information of the project stakeholders and the development team. I've used these in a multitude of different ways, the whole deck to kick off a project in its entirety and selected exercises to tease out information for individuals features. This has proved extremely affective for the latter, where consensus regarding individual features/epics has been harder to build.

So, my first experience was using it for a high level project kick off. I wanted to achieve a real …