I’d like to share with you what we ended up with when selecting some checkpoints for our projects at Inspera and hope you will find it useful. These are, more or less, the mandatory checkpoints we ended up with:
- Starting work on a proposal
- Delivering a proposal
- Project initiation/kick-off
- Periodical reporting of progress and budgets (here it was monthly, YMMV)
- Project sign-off, with a simple client satisfaction survey and handover to maintenance
I guess one wording of this tip could be:
Establish checkpoints that you follow in each of your projects, even if operating in an agile way
“Even in an agile way” might sound strange, but while the almost automatic checkpoint built into many agile processes (such as the sprint review) can be combined with commercial ones, that does not happen automatically.
That was my tip #7, written at Bremen airport in Germany - traveling to Belgium this weekend with my wife who currently works in the Netherlands. If you don’t agree or have something to add, please leave a comment.