Friday, April 17, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Defer your decisions!

Are you familiar with the principle of delaying decisions to the last responsible moment (AKA defer commitment)? The idea is to not make a constraining decision until the last possible moment so that information can be gathered up to that point - making a decision early on may seem, to a PMO adherent, like a prudent course, when in fact it is the opposite of what one wants to do.

I've seen, in many cases, where everything should be laid out in detail before a certain amount of work begins. These decisions are made based on perfunctory designs or shallow analysis - not good. When should these decisions be made? Later - when needed.