Should We Have Deadlines?

  1. To inspire a sense of healthy urgency
  2. To inspire ruthlessly cutting down scope (“don’t gold-plate!”)
  3. To prevent a team from “going rogue”
  4. To encourage goal setting and focus
  5. To coordinate dependencies (“because I said team X would start Y on #####”)
  6. To coordinate with other teams (“so you can sell X on #####”)
  7. To have “something people can be held accountable for”
  8. To inspire a sense of predictability and calm with “the business”
  1. Focusing primarily on flow while considering ways to inspire frequent integration (e.g. if an item has been open for +14d, do an immediate retrospective). In this model, you can generate forecasts by looking at actual throughput vs. point estimates and deadlines, etc.
  2. In cases where we need deadlines for coordination / dependency Tetris, be very transparent about that, and consider alternative approaches. Is the Tetris playing and 3d chess really paying off?

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John Cutler

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Multiple hat-wearer. Prod dev nut. I love wrangling complex problems and answering the why with qual/quant data. @johncutlefish on Twitter.

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