Dr. Blip's PC-Doctor Blog
#1 - Andy Koch 2008-05-27 13:33 -
well I feel better knowing there's a theory
Not sure if this was included in the theory, but I would add that if a project is perceived by others to be of a low priority then they will be reluctant to spend attention on L.
Thus, the few working on the L will find getting others attention difficult.
But, this is a problem of perception, because it may turn out that L has a critical impact on H. Not until H comes to a grinding halt due to L does L get the attention it should have had all along. Which is generally not good for L, since spikes in attention are usually a bad thing.
#2 - fred.bertsch 2008-05-27 13:46 -
Oooo. That's an interesting addition to the theory. You're saying that you were working on L and could have used resources from H, but, because they were such a pain to get, you made due without those resources. It seems obvious that the quality of the product at the end will suffer from this.
This is an aspect that I hadn't thought about when writing the article. Essentially, we've got the classic tradeoff between time to market, features, and quality. (E.g.: http://www.stanford.edu/group/scip/sirp/pilotsurvey.html) You're gaining time to market by sacrificing some resources that you can't easily get. In the end, you'll sacrifice some quality.
That's an interesting point. Thanks!
#3 - Andy Koch 2008-05-27 14:16 -
I would go further with that conclusion. Not only do you sacrifice quality, you also sacrifice time to market.
The inevitable result is that the workers of L must make decisions in order to keep working. Often these decisions are made with incomplete information, and these "best guesses" lead to delays as some percentage of them are incorrect.
Which creates a cycle since L is still low and still suffers lack of resources.
#3.1 - fred.bertsch 2008-05-27 14:36 -
That's very true. In fact, the trade off between time to market, quality, and features is a fallacy, anyway.
This is a great summary:
However, it's fun to talk about it as though you can sacrifice one for the other without any repercussions.
#4 - colin 2008-05-28 13:49 -
I find it rather amusing that your referenced "L" project actually refers anxious customers that cannot wait for it, to another "L" project.
#4.1 - fred.bertsch 2008-05-28 14:33 -
Isn't that great? But, you see, I've got a ton of work to do on this H project here. I can't do anything!