Archive for September, 2008

My community team has had a problem lately trying to convince the product manager that certain features proposed to enhance communication and community should be placed earlier in the development schedule. But in defining the term “groundswell,” Li and Bernoff give a simple litmus test that may show which proposed features to prioritize. “The groundswell” they say, “is a social trend in which people use technologies to get the things they need from each other, rather than from traditional institutions like corporations” (Groundswell, 9). Whenever our scrum team prioritizes new feature requests to see which ones we’ll develop first, we need to ask ourselves of each feature “How helpful will this feature be in helping users get what they want from each other?”


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