What software development best practices can teach retailers about focusing on getting fast and frequent value from their systems
The retailer representative is the domain expert on the business and cannot be absent from the deployment conversation. Here are the 4 questions to ask to get the best out of your deployments.
Some previous blog posts have discussed the importance of a clear backlog for the development of effective business value on your software (or other) project. Constructing a backlog can be a time-consuming and at times overwhelming process. As a result, some teams (especially those less familiar with software development practices) struggle with getting started. However, … Continue reading The 5-Minute Backlog
My hands-down absolute favourite moments are when there is significant disagreement on the effort involved in delivering a user story to the definition of done.
The success or failure of any project hinges on the ability of the project team to communicate and collaborate effectively. The RACI matrix is the perfect place to start creating a truly collaborative team.
When I speak to retailers one thing that strikes me over and over is the limited perspective on the value of their POS system. The answers I get tend to focus on the who, what and when. What was purchased. When. At what price. At what profit or margin. This is, of course, the core … Continue reading Are you collecting “How” and “Why” at the register?
As I discussed in the recent Building up your store POS System: The Agile Approach post, the small deliverable chunks of an agile backlog are ordered, and for the most part executed, by the concept of "Business Value". So it seems time to share the secret recipe for "business value". Are you ready?... There isn't one. … Continue reading Prioritizing “Business Value” for your Systems
Recently, a retailer reached out to me looking for a solution to a problem. Their POS software support developers were ready to roll out a long-awaited solution but had just informed the owner it might interfere with a scheduled task, the exact purpose of which he was not certain. They knew what the task did, … Continue reading Is your store your POS Software test environment?