Between three different sessions at the Agile Open Northwest 2008, the author and another software professional developed a cost-benefit charting scheme that:
This collaboration amounted to about 15-20 minutes total and produced a diagramming technique that can be used in bleeding-edge agile shops and in shops using more traditional methods. The chart is a basic Cartesian plane with Cost (Points) on the x-axis, Value on the y-axis, and something other than dots at the intersections. We call this technique Analyze This as it focuses analysis where it is needed.
My collaborator is a noted agilest with direct control of his teamâ€™s practices: I am a software quality practitioner with influence in a more traditional plan-driven shop.
A quality evangelist, Ian is a veteran software developer, quality assurance engineer, and manager with experience in the manufacturing, financial services, construction estimating, and security domains. For more than 30 years, he has worked to improve productivity and software quality through rigorous development methods and processes and now through the pragmatic application of Agile methods.
Ian serves on the Software Association of Oregonâ€™s Program Committee. He authored the SAO Quality Assurance Special Interest Group charter and serves on the SAO QASIQ Steering Committee. He has contributed to American Society for Qualityâ€™s certification program for software quality engineers and the Software Engineering Instituteâ€™s Software Engineering Process Group conference. He is a member, and supporter, of the Agile Alliance.
Ian attended the very first Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference in 1983. Since then he has served on PNSQCâ€™s board as President, Vice President, and Secretary. He has also chaired the PNSQC Software Excellence, the Strategic Planning, and the Program Committees. Ian is currently serving as the PNSQC Program and Conference Chairman.
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