Scaling the Mountain, One Step at a Time - High-Level Feature Planning for Large Scale Projects
Every organization, large or small, has a complex project that seems impossible to address. Significant tech debt, substantial impact to the business, risky to tackle – we all have behemoth systems that take the backburner, and we hope outlive their necessity.
When a large system overhaul is initiated and funding is a primary focus, high-level feature planning provides a way to inform the team, as well as management, an understanding of scope and complexity. It also helps set direction without committing to a firm end date. High-level feature planning allows teams to collaboratively identify groups of deliverable work, assumptions for completion, and high-level effort estimates for each group of work.
On our teams, high-level feature planning enabled us to take a +25 year-old system and deliver a new system on an updated platform - something we’ve tried unsuccessfully to both rebuild and outsource previously. It’s been a multi-year, multi-team effort, but has since delivered hundreds of hours of business time savings, cost reduction for business and IT, lower support requirements, and newly automated features. The team took the impossible and made it possible, with smaller, concentrated deliveries.
Attendees will walk through the process of how feature planning works. They will leave with documentation of the process, and an understanding of how to execute feature planning in their own situations.