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Prioritization, the Dilbert way

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imageThis strip had me LOL, because it is such a true description of the way most customers want to think.

I am dealing with this issue by telling the customer that if they don't give me a priority scale that I can work with, I am going to implement the system using my own prioritization method, which is based on the technical fun factor of a particular feature, and that I don't consider UI to be fun, ever.

That tends to get me a list of features for the next week or two :-)

More seriously, though, I am posting this mostly as a way to remember to send this to the next customer that tries to take this approach.

My last customer was a pleasure to work with, because he was the rare combination of a technical guy with a good sense of the business, so we could discuss anything from implementation strategy to feature prioritization based on internal dependencies and the business need.

I think I need the non PHB award.


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Todd Snyder

There are some days I really think Scott Adams works at the same company I do. Unfortunately most of the places I have worked; have a much worse system.

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-- Todd S.

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