Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
Here is an example of a simple, but surprisingly effective way to test your product success. Around patterns & practices, a few of us affectionately called this a “consumer reports” view. Whether your product is prescriptive guidance or code, the concept is the same – you’re testing your product against user scenarios.
To create a Scenario Scoreboard, simply put together a matrix of scenarios. Next, add criteria. Next, test against the scenarios and rate the criteria. Note – There are two keys to making this successful: 1) have a useful collection of scenarios, and 2) get agreement on the criteria. You want agreement on the criteria so that people can stand behind the results. Tuning your criteria can help you tune your product success. You’re basically creating a feedback loop to measure the success of your product against user scenarios.
Example of a Scenario Scoreboard What’s important in the example is the simple frame: scenarios and criteria. The scenarios are grouped into buckets.
Scenarios / Tasks
Best Practice Compliance
Time to Implement
Arch / Design
Auditing and Logging
Monitoring / Health
Performance and Scalability
Best Practice Compliance Ratings
Implementation Complexity Ratings
Quality of Documentation and Sample Code Ratings
Developer/Administrator Competence Ratings
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