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Cutting features or processes

The other week, I was participating in a process modeling workshop. We’ve been struggling a bit with project scope and objective, but now I think we’re getting there by focusing on cutting processes rather than cutting features.

In most projects I’ve been involved in, we’ve cut features. I’ve actually been part of two projects in which we added features, but this is as you all know not the normal scenario. When it comes near the project end, the ax is produced and we start cutting trees.

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Or in some cases, we take out the lawn mover instead, making everything smaller.

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But what is often the case is that the cut feature has some perhaps unexpected consequences. By cutting feature A, feature B and C becomes pretty useless, since they depend on feature A. Or if you use the mover, slimming everything down makes a lot of things useless since they don’t take the reality’s complexity into consideration.

But if you instead clarify the processes, you can see these dependencies and  cut processes instead. This in many cases means that you instead of cutting one feature, cut more. This is more like closing off a road.

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It also becomes easier to communicate to stakeholders: what processes we should support and which processes are not supported. This does not make it easier. People never like their stuff being cut.

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