Implementing CoD effectively in a group setting

A 90 minute Hands-On by:

Martin Burns

CA Technologies

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About this Hands-On

Don Reinertsen’s fully quantified Cost of Delay (CoD) model for prioritising backlogs, sourced from many stakeholders, is inspired. But many organisations struggle with implementing it, and abandon attempts to have a rational discussion about value because it’s too hard to quantify in real money.

It's often also hard to forecast real money, and other factors such as risk and brand play a real part in understanding value.

This simulation by Martin Burns (CA Technologies) provides a concrete model that enables exploration of a practical CoD prioritisation and sequencing approach - based on the version used in SAFe - and an experience of operating it in a group setting."

This is a hands-on exercise that prioritises features and places them into a roadmap. While this is based on the approach in SAFe, it can be used entirely as a standalone tool.

About the Speaker

Martin Burns is a lean thinker, improvement obsessive and recovering project manager. He spends most of his time learning ways of introducing the best of lean and agile to historically sceptical enterprises through success, failure, dialogue and hacking people’s heads.

He's a passable folk singer but a poor blues guitarist. You can find him at


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