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Despite the fact that I agree with David that design by committee is sarcasm [and a real phenomenon, I agree with Michael Hogan too :-)], question is about examples (not about "design by committee" term). So, take a look at this article. There is a list of projects designed by committee in the "Case Studies" part: Design by Committee: The U.N. ...


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I can see why the devs have balked, as the current approach doesn't sound constructive. I also don't see an issue with their request as they are basically asking to refine the stories with the right team members or subsets of the overall dev group. From a BA perspective, and having played the role myself, I do understand the challenges of holding multiple ...


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Design-by-committee is a real phenomenon, especially in government projects where a committee of elected representatives establish and control budget decisions. University of Southern California course SAE 550, "Systems Architecting and the Political Process", is a survey of engineering efforts that have been heavily influenced by design-by-committee. The ...


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Is a Business Analyst supposed to have domain knowledge? Yes, a BA needs to have domain knowledge, otherwise they won't be efficient in interacting with stakeholders, creating business analysis and requirements, or identifying problems, opportunities and solutions for the business. It's not very different than developers needing to understand the business ...


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First of all, I will assume that this migration is the only project that any of the teams have to work on currently. In order to maintain a Scrum mentality, you need to find "Epics" that can be dealt with in their entirety by a single Scrum team, and allocate the Epics evenly around the teams until the project has been delivered. If there is absolutely ...


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1) International Software Benchmarking Standards Group (ISBSG, http://www.isbsg.org/) collects this data, you can buy their report. 2) There also used to be (still is?) Chinese Software Benchmarking Standards Group (CSBSG) that collected this data for Chinese projects. I believe I saw their data some years ago, but I can't find it anymore, and their site ...


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Nice question. The distribution of labour for software development across labour types varies per project, project approach and organisation. It has challenged me quite a lot in the past as an R&D manager. For current project we always work with some kind of FPA and in our case 15% for analysis unless reasons to deviate. But that's not your question. ...


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I am trying to find an example of the failure of design by committee... Design by committee is not actually a serious method. It is sarcasm. Typically, that phrase is used to describe a design process that is extremely inefficient and is leading to feature-bloat. It is inefficient because it takes longer than necessary to make decisions. It leads to feature-...


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SWOT analysis from published data Here is a sample SWOT analysis of a well known company - Coca Cola. Opportunities and threats are external. They are in the marketplace. Research the market for the sector your company is in. Opportunities are, typically, unfulfilled customer needs. Threats can come from not only competitors, but also from replacement ...


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I would say that you should prepare a RFP (Request For Proposal) for the same including sections (but not limited to):- Project Description: Write few lines about the project to start with, as introduction is required for every document Project Scope of work Project Timelines and Milestones: Mention here milestone of deliveries that are planned before the ...


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At present the BA invites all developers from all teams into a single Refinement session to start discussing stories in detail. The devs have, rightly, balked and 19 of the 21 devs just opened their laptops and started coding again. If you have a couple of mid sized scrum teams, this may work. With larger teams, this becomes very tricky to manage, even by ...


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Who Owns the Solutions? In Scrum, the team owns the solution. You mention in the question that the PO is doing a lot of technical assessment. I expect that the BA is then doing some more as they prepare the backlog items. If the team is expecting to just receive ready-to-go solutions, then it should be no surprise that they don't see value in spending time ...


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We have a similar problem here. Our IT department has too many masters who don't understand that if we have to work on EVERYONES projects it's going to take longer than if we only needed to THEIR project. Basically it wasn't sufficiently visible for them what the schedule impact of additional work is. I think the same applies to your situation. Who decides ...


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SWOT Establishes a Business Case, Not Comparative Value In general, (S)trengths and (W)eaknesses in a SWOT diagram are about the company itself, while (O)pportunities and (T)hreats are usually about the market. A project often presents an opportunity or mitigates a threat. Likewise, companies have strengths and weaknesses that can make a given project more ...


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Regressions look at the relationships between variables. For any dependent variable “Y”, what set of independent variables “Xs“ contributes to the variation Y. From your explanation, it has broken down: but in basic statistical model Y is the dependent variable, X1–Xn represent a set of n independent variables and A1–An are the coefficient constants ...


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Most KPIs, if not all, are related in some way to other KPIs. What you would have to establish, which is likely impossible, is that one KPI is necessary and sufficient to move another KPI in a very tightly controlled way. Firstly, you can only establish that kind of cause and effect with a very tightly controlled, randomized trial study. In most cases, you ...


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There are a lot of other knowledge and skill requirements a BA, or any role really, needs to have besides some degree of expertise in the domain. Every individual who claims a job role will have varying degrees of expertise in those knowledge and skill requirements. Depending on the demand of that BA job, you may require someone who presents with deeper ...


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An investment alternative or project alternative itself does not have strengths and weaknesses per se. What it produces as an outcome would have strengths and weaknesses. From an evaluation standpoint for selection, you would perform a benefit / cost / risk analysis, which is sort of way to predict its outcome SWOT, I suppose. I think in most cases, when ...


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I personally do not believe there is an answer to this question. All predictive models have a predictive validity of something less than perfect. Certainly, some models or techniques are better than others but of those indicated in the OP (original post) I am not sure that is the case. In PM, I run several models because each would provide a datum that, ...


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You need to total the weighted score on each project. Assuming the non weighted score on each factor means the degree each project met that factor and the higher the number the better, then your total weighted score will reveal the priority of your projects. The higher the weighted score, the higher the priority. EDIT to answer question in comments: The ...


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This greatly depends on the complexity of the thing you want to analyse. The sessions should be long enough to focus on real issues and not just the symptoms. Keep in mind that you do not need to solve the root-cause during the analyses, this can happen afterwards by different people or a smaller group. There are three group sizes that are common for the ...


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I think there are two main misunderstandings in situations like this. 1. The past won't happen again Looking back at delays on a project, we tend to think of them as "one-offs" that won't happen again, and the future will be smoother. Part of this is that past obstacles are explainable in hindsight: "oh, we were delayed because we forgot to send weekly ...


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I believe it's because the people who learn the methods are not those who have to realise the consequences. Due to work share / specialisation this is usually not possible. But why does the non domain experts do not trust the domain expert? Because within the field of PM even the non domain PM expert might be successful. And therefore, lots of people have ...


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The only answer is research. You gotta study the company, and you are limited to only those things that are public. But for every public company, there is tons of information out there. If you are having issues about where to begin the research, start with questions: What does the company produce? How does that product compare to its competitors, and ...


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