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January 17, 2013, Sponsored by RMC Project Management, Inc.

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Assessing Readiness for Speed
by Geof Lory

Geof Lory To try to create a single set of practices that epitomize the perfect parent or the perfect agile project team comes across to formulaic and equally out of touch with reality. In fact, at some level, agile is a revolution against this institutionalization: People over Process.

That being said, I do think that in the early stages of team development, adherence to some tried and often true behaviors, sometimes referred to as "best practices," can provide the necessary boundaries and guide posts by which a team can empirically gauge its readiness for speed. While these practices may not all apply or be appropriate for every team in all circumstances, they can be used as a call to consciousness, where deviation or adherence is a deliberate and acknowledged choice.

So, at the risk of being considered either pompous or out of touch, I'm going to take a shot at identifying and assessing readiness for speed. Starting with this article and over the next several articles, we will virtually and collaboratively create a Speed Readiness Assessment. Each article will focus on a specific area. Each area will be primed with a preliminary set of empirically measurable questions that I will post to get the ball rolling. Then, after each article, anyone who wants to make a contribution with additional questions or ideas can respond through the blog comments. Each week I will collect and consolidate the ideas and repost the updated assessment on the site for all to use or comment on. So, let's get started.»

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