Start and Structure

An AgileSweet project generally starts with the project manager or software producer meeting with the business for a briefing. The business may or may not have completed a business case at this stage but regardless it can be assumed that the business does potentially see value in producing a system.

In this initial meeting the AgileSweet project manager (‘APM’) aims to get five questions answered, or at the least, considered by the project stakeholders:

  1. Who is the business?
  2. Why is the project being funded?
  3. What is the current project status?
  4. When are the important dates for the project?
  5. Where will the work be done?

Who, why, what, where, when and how is simple practical framework to get a project up and running by providing details that determine the objective function and optimisation constraints. The questions also give the project an agile framework and highlight to the business the importance of the project’s ecology and setting.

Depending on the answers provided the APM should be able to go away and put together rough but relatively robust estimates for the how’s the business care about in order to get things going:

  • How long will it take?
  • How much will it cost?