Last blog post from our Director Development Christian Kaas and his series of articles talking about “The way we do things around here” at LORENZ.
Responding to change
“Humphrey’s Law” says that customers never know what they want until they have working software in their hands to actually work with. To illustrate the point, let’s say we plan our April 2016 release with a list of features that was previously agreed in October 2015. We finish the project on time in April, delivering all of the features promised. But there’s still a high probability that a customer won’t be fully satisfied, simply because what we defined back in October is not necessarily what the customer needs in April. If customers aren’t exposed to working software before the end of our release, it’s then too late to incorporate their feedback.
Follow up from Christian Kaas, our Director Development, and his series of articles talking about “The way we do things around here” at LORENZ.
The LORENZ Heartbeat
What does this expression mean? Broadly, our development teams have created an easy to use and repeatable process for managing our release projects, a rhythm that some people call the “heartbeat” of the development teams. The major beat is manifested in our promise to our customers that we will deliver two major releases per product per year – one in April and one in October.
Today our Director Development Christian Kaas starts with a series of articles talking about “The way we do things around here” at LORENZ.
I recently read an interesting definition of organizational culture. Deal and Kennedy (1982) describe it quite simply as ‘the way we do things around here.’ This formulation appealed to me immediately because it seemed so straightforward. But at the same time, would it be easy to describe if someone actually posed the question to you about your own organization? How do you actually do things around here? In this post, I’ll try to answer this question and describe how things are really done at LORENZ.