How we defined the problem in our workshop, plus a plan on a page

I ran a mini workshop as part of a training course   I didn’t really follow the course notes in this exercise so we did not have any standard material to refer back to.

People took notes and photos as we went, but I promised to publish a generic version of what we did.  So here it is.

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What is stepwise programming?

Stepwise programming is a very useful way to prioritise when there are many variables at play.

The key benefit of the approach is that you do NOT try to understand and prioritise every thing at once against everything else. Instead you break the problem down into very small pieces and move through each one methodically. You then come up with a ranking of the importance of each variable from top to bottom.

And the approach scales well. You can do it on your own or you can get a lot of people to use the process at once to form a consensus about what issues really matter the most. I have used the approach for everything from setting priorities in retrospectives to ranking the capabilities needed in a team to structure more effective training.

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