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Suzanne Robertson

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Suzanne Robertson is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Agile Product & Project Management practice and is a principal and founder of the Atlantic Systems Guild. Ms. Robertson is co-author of Requirements-Led Project Management (Addison Wesley, 2005) a book that provides project managers with guidance on how to use the work done by requirements analysts as input to steering projects. Read more ...

Apr 102012
 
Keeping the Innovation in Agile

Quite a few clients report that agile is anti-innovation. The developers have a vested interest in developing whatever they can produce within the allowable time. They are rewarded for maintaining the velocity of the project, not for their innovative solutions. Note that innovation, as we use the term here, means fresh thinking. We do not mean that innovation is the same as invention — it’s not. Innovation is thinking differently about the business problem with the intention of finding more beneficial things for the business to do. User stories that are not based on real business stories will struggle to be innovative. The user story describes what happens at the interface and is mostly what Read more