Specifications are the ‘how’ we will do it of a requirement. This bridges the business requirements to the solution. Often specifications are technical in nature, but don’t have to be, as any requirement can be decomposed into great specifications. The ‘spec’ is a plan or strategy for how to build a solution for the requirement.
2-10 depending on the size of the team. If it becomes larger than 10 people consider breaking out into smaller groups.
30-60 Minutes. No one wants to be in a meeting longer than needed. Try to keep it short and sweet.
Practitioner to Master. It may take some practice to run this play.
Prior to this play you will need to have a clear requirements defined. Run the Defining Requirements play first if you haven’t already. Requirements should be prioritized and rank ordered so that you can focus on the top items. Run the Prioritizing Work play to determine what are the highest priority requirements to work on.
The right people are key to the success of this play. Review the invite list to ensure that all the various experts are in the room.
Virtually or in-person it is critical that everyone has face-time with each other. So make sure that if attending virtually that everyone can connect in video chat. You will also need to share ideas, so a whiteboard is important and a space that fosters creativity and innovation.
All of our plays are five steps or less! However, you may need to run multiple plays to get the most out of this one. Don’t worry – you can do it! Learn the play, rehearse it regularly, apply it in the field and debrief on the outcomes. If it worked well, use it again; if it didn’t, find out why. Are there new factors in the system you need to consider, or do you just need to keep practicing? If you need help or have questions on this play, contact us!
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