Pruning Requirements

TreePruning is not about staying regular 🙂 . However, it is important to the successful health of your project and the products it produces.

Be an expert arborist (tree expert) for your tree. Pruning is not about cutting. It’s about shaping.

Collaboratively, with your key stakeholders, shape your project’s requirements to create the product your customer desires.

Begin by drawing a tree on a flipchart or use a large poster graphic of a tree. The thickest limbs depict your fundamental requirements. The outermost branches represents what your customer currently has.

Now it’s time to help me make more money from my 3M company stock investment 🙂 Write potential new features of your product on each Post-It. Ask your customer to place them on the associated tree limb.

Is the tree balanced? Do some branches grow more than others because they are core or because they are urgent? Perhaps an underutilized portion of the tree becomes more prominent? Ensure that the roots of a tree, which represent infrastructure and product support, extend at least as far as your outer branches and leaves.

Follow kaizen continuous improvement quality principles. Keep pruning, even after your product has been implemented. Never leave it alone 🙂

Be a ripple in the pond. Make our world a better place!!!

Do the right thing! Pay it forward. Together, let’s make a positive difference.

“To give back and be given is to feel the sun from both sides” … Harry Mingail

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