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Re: Agile and the Enterprise Part 1: Project and Portfolio Management

Robert Biewolf

Dear KateD,

 

Indeed you touch an interesting point, not just from an execution and management control perspective. The biggest questionmark right now that I have, has to do with the phase prior: the bid phase. How does one then bid and size a typical few 100M dollar project in case it is to be based and executed with Agile in mind. Any examples to share? it might not be an issue at all of course, assuming there is at such instance sufficient granularity and in depth understanding of what is all takes, such that Agile just boils down to a seqeuencing execercise. However, I figure it isn't that simple. Hence the question.

Regards,

Robert

 

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Robert Biewolf

Dear KateD,

 

Indeed you touch an interesting point, not just from an execution and management control perspective. The biggest questionmark right now that I have, has to do with the phase prior: the bid phase. How does one then bid and size a typical few 100M dollar project in case it is to be based and executed with Agile in mind. Any examples to share? it might not be an issue at all of course, assuming there is at such instance sufficient granularity and in depth understanding of what is all takes, such that Agile just boils down to a seqeuencing execercise. However, I figure it isn't that simple. Hence the question.

Regards,

Robert

 

KateD

Hi Robert, 

 

You raise an interestring question. 

A fixed bid contract requires upfront estimate of time, budget and scope, however it is not news that in reality scope creeps and changes. It may in fact be more predictable and beneficial to plan for regular reviews of the scope to control for this.

You're right, it is advisable to have a good idea of deliverables and some history of velocity to understand the required timelines. But it also requires a cultural shift on the customer side to recognize that they cannot envision the entire scope upfront, allow room for movement, and be prepared to work closely with the vendor.

 

 

KateD

 

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