|Industrial XP Project Community|
Project CommunityIdentify and include people who can effect your project or can be affected by your project
Extreme Programming is aimed at producing only what people value and need. To produce such software, our Project Community must include those who will use our software and thoroughly influence what we create for them. If sales and marketing people have influence on what our software does and how it sells in the marketplace, they must be members of our Project Community.
Human resources folks participate in our projects in unseen ways: for example, they assess project worker performance. Such assessments may influence the actions of project workers and managers. And yet, such assessments may be out of alignment with the nature and actions of the Project Community . One way to help improve the way we assess people's performance within the organization is to have human resources members in our Project Community.
Some projects we've coached have not adequately involved building maintenance. And yet, establishing a comfortable working environment by configuring and re-configuring furniture and computers has been an important part of every XP project. Without building maintenance membership in our Project Community , we've had to wait for changes or make unauthorized changes that upset people in the organization. What's the problem here? Building maintenance can help us do better project work so they must be members of our Project Community.
Further ReadingThe Blind Men And The Elephant : Mastering Project Work, by David A. Schmaltz