In my experience as a former COO, a practitioner of Scrum, and today, as one of Belatrix’s founders, I’ve seen countless projects succeed. But some have had their challenges. Reflecting on some of those challenges yields valuable lessons.
What are some possible indications that your project may be on a collision course?
Even given all of Scrum’s inherent benefits, as a highly interactive and iterative framework, success still depends on people. And that factor drives the potential for success but also for failure. There is always the chance that an individual practitioner won’t execute Scrum well. S/he may not commit fully or be able to invest the time and effort Scrum requires. In some instances, there may be strategic misalignment. The client’s firm may have decided to take a different course but failed to alert the Product Owner.
The mere potential for these kinds of cases calls for a risk mitigation strategy, a forum to maintain and improve support for the project, as well as, ensure proper alignment. Belatrix’s “Project Governance Committee” serves this purpose. Governance is a pretty simple idea but one with a profound capacity to increase projects’ chances for success.
The Project Governance Committee is composed of the following roles:
The mandate of the Governance Committee is simple — ensure the project meets its goals. The group meets for brief calls periodically. Initially, calls occur every two weeks for the first six to eight weeks of the project. The frequency then transitions into a monthly call, then eventually to quarterly calls.
Each call has a simple agenda: a review of the following:
The most critical item is the one regarding impediments. Overall, this is an opportunity for the combined team to identify challenges jointly and determine ways to remove or minimize them. We’ve seen great success in the Governance Committee being able to proactively identify and address project needs. It’s a critical part of our strategy in working with our clients.
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