Building the right swing
What problem are we trying to solve with Hubscope?
We’re trying to make the expectation – reality gap smaller between what people want and what they actually get at the end of a project … Hmmm, That sounds a bit convoluted.
One of our guiding principles is that a picture paints a thousand words so, instead of using lots of clever words, Let’s try some pictures…
The disparity is explained most clearly by the infamous tree swing cartoon, from 1973:
The above image was taken from the businessballs website where they give a history of the tree swing pictures along with some alternatives. A more modern take on the cartoon shows that the problem is still very much with us now, as shown below and posted on Know Your Meme:
How can Hubscope help?
Well, the key is traceability which facilitates a no surprises approach to projects. Wikipedia suggests that:
Traceability is the ability to verify the history, location, or application of an item by means of documented recorded identification.
Other common definitions include the capability (and implementation) of keeping track of a given set or type of information to a given degree, or the ability to chronologically interrelate uniquely identifiable entities in a way that is verifiable.
Visual representation of all of the important relationships between stakeholders, requirements, services and technology ensures that everyone stays on the same page throughout the project lifecycle. Visual traceability and ongoing negotiations around relationships provides an accountability mechanism for project managers to ensure that vision, design and reality are aligned as much as possible.
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