Black Hole No. 5: Lack of visibility and out of date information
The Emperor: You’ve paid the price for your lack of Vision: If you will not be turned you will be destroyed.
Understanding the current project status, the trends in the progress and the implications for resources, target dates, and costs are vital to making the correct decisions. The information also needs to be available instantly.
If gathering status information across all the project disciplines takes a week, the number of hours potentially burnt in the wrong activities becomes alarming. This could destroy your chances of keeping the project on-track, making your doomed project just another statistic on next year’s CHAOS report!
To help you to keep your finger on the pulse of your development lifecycle, you need instant access to key information by the most appropriate and powerful device.
Printed reports should be at the bottom of the pile given that they are out of date the moment they are created, PCs and web access are better, and personal devices such as smartphones or Apple iPads at the top of the heap.
This is the fifth in a series of ten lessons from Yoda, on the topic of Application Quality Management. 10 Black Holes to avoid for successful Application Delivery.
Missed the first four? Read them here;