Continuing our theme of Frog Software Design Principles (First Post):
Once we’ve grown the scope out as much as possible, the next step, obviously, is to pull it back to the immediate task in hand.
There will always be one or two little pieces of magic that are found during the scope growing process – relatively small developments that will add exponential value to the product. Put them in. No-one’s asked for them, but a lot of people are going to get a lot out of them. Put them in.
One word of warning. It’s very easy to get excited about some of the possible journey’s discovered. Resist the temptation to talk about them openly. Before you know it the customers will get wind and start asking for a release date!