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How to Train Your HiPPO (Joshua Arnold) POPULAR

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Have you noticed the impact on decision-making when someone more senior in your organisation shares their opinion?
Meet the HiPPO: the Highest Paid Person’s Opinion.
Sometimes it’s subtle and unintended. Other times it’s more direct and intentional.
Either way, the HiPPO is a dangerous animal in software development.
When the HiPPO is allowed to drive decision-making this has a number of negative side-effects.
Options are prematurely closed down.
Critical assumptions get hidden.
Information about value and urgency are buried.
Dates are often promised (prematurely).
Overall, the chances of delivering value is reduced and the risk of failure increases.
An untrained HiPPO is one of the most dangerous animals to let loose around Product Development.
Whilst the HiPPO may like to be in charge, they don’t really want to be responsible for developing products that nobody wants. So, how can we help the HiPPO to help themselves?
Come and hear more about why HiPPO driven decision-making is so dangerous and learn some simple techniques you can use to train your HiPPO.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand why the HiPPO is so dangerous in product development
  • Five tools to help you with training your HiPPO

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Joshua Arnold

Engineer, blackswanfarming.com
With a background in fluid mechanics and systems engineering, Joshua has worked for the past decade with various organisations to improve their systems of innovation and delivery. In particular, Joshua has focused on the problem of prioritisation and portfolio management, helping... Read More →

Monday July 25, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT