189 episodes

Providing advice on how to get the best Return On Investment from your Software Development.
Hosted by Mark Taylor of Red Folder Consultancy, this series is targeted at those that fund software development in improving their return on investment.
Through a series of short weekly podcasts, Mark explores and explains why "traditional" management techniques will not only produce poor returns, but actively encourage it.
Find out more about Red Folder Consultancy at https://red-folder.com.
Or reach out to Mark on Twitter @redfoldermark

Better ROI from Software Development Red Folder Consultancy Ltd

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Providing advice on how to get the best Return On Investment from your Software Development.
Hosted by Mark Taylor of Red Folder Consultancy, this series is targeted at those that fund software development in improving their return on investment.
Through a series of short weekly podcasts, Mark explores and explains why "traditional" management techniques will not only produce poor returns, but actively encourage it.
Find out more about Red Folder Consultancy at https://red-folder.com.
Or reach out to Mark on Twitter @redfoldermark

    #188: Bad for ROI - More Developers

    #188: Bad for ROI - More Developers

    Following on from the last two episodes that look at the dysfunctional and unexpected results that can from the seemly well intentioned call for "more planning", this week's episode takes a look at a similar paradox - the call for "more developers".

    We look at why "more developers" does not generally equal "greater output" - the unexpected operational overheads that a larger team generate.

    We look at some circumstances, when used with caution, increasing the headcount can be the right thing.

    And we look at suggestion for improving productivity without increase numbers.

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    • 23 min
    #187: Bad for ROI - More Planning - Part 2

    #187: Bad for ROI - More Planning - Part 2

    In this episode, the second of two, I conclude the exploration of the dysfunctions and unexpected results that can occur from the seeming well intentioned call for "more planning".

    In last week's episode, I looking at the historical context of why the request for "more planning", and explored the high cost and dysfunctions that can arise from over-planning.

    And this week's episode, I'll continue the discussion by exploring the limitations of planning in the face of complexity uncertainty, and some approaches that can help us strike the correct balance.

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    • 23 min
    #186: Bad for ROI - More Planning - Part 1

    #186: Bad for ROI - More Planning - Part 1

    In this episode, the first of two, I start to explore the dysfunctions and unexpected results that can occur from the seeming well intentioned call for "more planning".

    In this episode, I will start by looking at the historical context of why the request for "more planning", and an exploration of the high cost and dysfunctions that can arise from over-planning.

    And in next week's episode, I'll continue the discussion by exploring the limitations of planning in the face of complexity uncertainty, and some approaches that can help us strike the correct balance.

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    • 20 min
    #185: Bad for ROI - Overemphasis on Perfection

    #185: Bad for ROI - Overemphasis on Perfection

    In the last episode I the dysfunctions and unexpected results of a "feature factory" within Software Development.

    This week I look at what happens if the pendulum swings too far the other way - where an overemphasis on perfection leads again to dysfunction and unexpected results.

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    • 22 min
    #184: Bad for ROI - the Feature Factory

    #184: Bad for ROI - the Feature Factory

    In the fast-paced world of software development, the “feature factory” model, with its promise of rapid growth and high ROI, can easily captivate businesses.

    This episode takes a dive into why the the feature factory is so alluring - and why beneath the allure, lies a multitude of hidden dysfunctions and potential for long-term damage.

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    • 12 min
    #183: Bad for ROI - Performance measurements in software development

    #183: Bad for ROI - Performance measurements in software development

    In this episode I look at another practice that can be bad for ROI - a practice that may commonly be considered good or common practice, but is actually causing dysfunctional, and unexpected, results.

    In this episode I want to explore the dangers of performance measurements in modern software development - how, while they are a useful and powerful tool, they are so commonly used incorrectly to disastrous affects.
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    • 24 min

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