Chapter 11. Management, Governance, Operations

After you have done all this wonderful work as we’ve discussed throughout this book, you must continue to manage it through to success and operationalize it. If you don’t, your work runs tremendous risk of collecting dust somewhere in the shadowy recesses of the wiki where no person ever visits.

So, this chapter offers a set of practical tools and templates to help you govern and manage your portfolio. It’s not intended as a definitive guide exactly, though you can use it that way. These tools and practices can help you improve the management, governance, and operations of the product development organization.

Strategy and Tooling

You must ensure that your concept aligns with the business vision.  The best way to help connect those dots is to read this book’s companion volume, Technology Strategy Patterns. All too frequently I see architects and even CTOs who consider themselves as a kind of lead programmer. They are incredibly interested in the bleeding edge tool of the day. You can identify these people because they proudly and vocally will argue at lunch or over beers from a fervent viewpoint on the comparative merits of some particular JavaScript framework versus another.

We’re not interested in arguing over JavaScript frameworks. They don’t matter.

Raise your visor, think strategically, focus on getting the concept right, and you will have the best chance to define and create something maintainable, extensible, evolutionary, ...

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