Starting a product development project with an independantly faciliated workshop is a great idea. Organising the teamwork, and communicating a common vision to everyone avoids headaches later.
In his book Assessment and Control of Software Risks, Casper Jones tell us that facilitated workshops:
reduce the risk of scope creep – continuous growth of requirements over a project lifecycle, from 80-10%
speed up the delivery of early lifecycle phases by 30-40%
increase function points by 40-85%
provide a 5-15% savings in time and effort of the whole project.
These are not insignificant indicators that workshops have major benefits, however Casper did… Read More »