Up till now, when interested by dangers, I defaulted to the dangers within the mission pyramid. That is as a result of every mission gives completely different worth over the product’s lifetime. (See Product Roles, Part 4: Product Orientation and the Role of Projects for photos of why we would like ever-increasing product worth, however why we would house the tasks out.)
If we perceive our boundaries and constraints, we will commerce off the assorted dangers within the mission. (See Manage It! and the Project Boundaries: Drivers, Constraints & Floats series.) And we will select a lifecycle that works for this mission’s dangers.
BTW, I like product improvement groups that keep collectively, ideally on one product at a time. That helps to handle the dangers of the individuals and their capabilities a part of the pyramid. Nonetheless, that doesn’t at all times work. In that case, I optimize for the group that (principally) stays collectively, the place they discover ways to study collectively.
I take advantage of tasks as containers. That approach, individuals can select their groups, and the group stays collectively. Then it issues much less when the group works on its subsequent incarnation of this product.
Nonetheless, immediately, I spotted there are additionally product dangers. In my earlier books, I assumed the 2 have been linked by the place the product was in its journey throughout the chasm. (See Product Planning, Information Persistence, & Product Lifetime to see what I imply concerning the product lifecycle.)
My danger considering was incomplete.
Undertaking Dangers Differ From Product Dangers
The extra modern the product is (or we imagine it to be), the much less we will plan at anyone time. That is as a result of we have to iterate extra ceaselessly, each over options and after we ship increments of worth. That is all in service of acquiring buyer suggestions.
The much less modern the product, the extra we will plan at one time. We do not have to fret (a lot) concerning the altering nature of the product or what the shoppers anticipate.
These product dangers are somewhat extra refined than the tradeoffs between options, defects, and time to launch. And these dangers have an effect on our lifecycle decisions.
Which Lifecycle to Select?
We will use a serial strategy on all issues which are completely deterministic, these on the left of the continuum. These issues are typically defect fixes or very brief tasks. These tasks can not even be six weeks lengthy, as a result of issues will change the longer the mission continues. Some will need one thing else.
And we should use an agile strategy for all the issues on the proper of the continuum, the place we want recursive discovery and supply.
However all these issues within the center? That is the place groups must make clear the dangers of which items of which function units the shoppers must see now. Which items can the shoppers see later? That is the place the innovation dangers require extra refined lifecycle decisions—and doubtless, extra combos of lifecycles.
After we select which items when, we will additionally change find out how to manage the following piece of the mission. That is how we will use product dangers to assist the group handle its mission dangers.