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An Overview of Guardrails: Keeping Aligned and on Track

Introduction

Solution delivery is a complex process. However, it is possible to see if one is on track in a relatively straightforward manner. In essence, lean-agile methods are about achieving the highest level of business value realization in the shortest amount of time in a predictable and sustainable manner. This requires working on the most important business value requests within the proper capacity to implement them quickly. This is often complex and difficult; however, it is less difficult to assess if you are staying on track. To help with this, we have defined a set of guardrails.

These guardrails take the form of non-negotiable agreements made across the organization. Each agreement has a set of questions to consider to ensure that everyone is doing what was agreed to. The guardrails are grounded both in the intention of realizing business value and in following known principles of lean-agile software development. The purpose of the guardrails is both for alignment and to keep people on the right path. They provide guidance to ensure that you are on course and to allow you to make decisions at a local level while ensuring you are still aligned to the rest of the value stream.

View the full white paper here at AITS: http://aits2018.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Alan-Shalloway-GuardrailsOverview.pdf

 

Al Shalloway will be presenting a free webinar with ITMPI on January 25! Sign up here: Using Guardrails to Tie Business with IT

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