Agile PM Process Grid-1.9 Product Demonstrations


In John Stenbeck’s book “PMI-ACP and Certified Scrum Professional Exam Prep and Desk Reference”, he creates an “agile project management process grid” which describes 87 processes used in agile project management.   These processes are divided into five process groups (Initiate, Plan, Iterate, Control, and Close), which are analogous to the five process groups in traditional project management, and seven knowledge areas which can be mapped, more or less, onto the ten knowledge areas in traditional project management.

I am now writing about those processes that occur during the Control process group.    The first process is one that deals with the first knowledge area, that of Engaging External Stakeholders.

In process 6.7 Review Meetings are done at the end of each iteration.   Product demonstrations are, like review meetings, product-centric presentations of completed work products.   However, they are done not at the end of each iteration, but prior to a Release.    The purpose is get feedback from the stakeholders that validates the value that the team has created for the end user.

Like the review meetings, features are demonstrated that were actually completed, and any features that were not completed are documented, along with the reason why they were not completed.

The purpose of the meeting is to align the team and the stakeholders so that a sense of trust is fostered which allows the team to remain focused on the goal of the Release.

The next process is actually part of the same Product Demosntration, but done for a different purpose, for value-driven delivery.  That is process 2.11 Product Feedback.

 

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