Commitment To Value
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Commitment To Value

How to make technical projects worthwhile.

About the Book

About the Author

Wes Higbee
Wes Higbee

Wes Higbee is passionate about helping organizations delight customers. He believes that successful customers are the foundation of sustainable business. 

Wes has a strong background in helping companies achieve remarkable results with technology and software. He's had extensive experience developing software and working with teams to improve how software is developed to meet business objectives.

Although his primary focus is on outcomes, implementation often includes technical competency. Wes frequently speaks about impactful aspects of software development. He speaks professionally to help organizations improve. He also volunteers at user groups, code camps, and community organizations.

He's authored several online courses with Pluralsight. He writes extensively about both technical and non-technical aspects of software development on His written work includes articles featured on VeraSage, MSDN Magazine and InfoQ. He's been interviewed on “The Businessology Show” and “Art of Value” about the importance of value in software development. Occasionally, he also gets highly technical in a shared screencast or webinar.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • About the Author
  • 1. The Path
    • 1.1 Path takers
    • 1.2 Purpose?
    • 1.3 Avoiding failure
    • 1.4 Finding purpose
    • 1.5 Lost in indirection
  • 2. Commitment
    • 2.1 What we can do with purpose?
    • 2.2 How to commit
  • 3. Interlude
  • 4. Hang up the Phone
    • 4.1 Mediation
    • 4.2 Clean your house first
    • 4.3 Further cleaning
    • 4.4 Stakeholders
  • 5. Let the Path Vary
    • 5.1 Setting the target
    • 5.2 The path is irrelevant
    • 5.3 Tips
    • 5.4 Measure success
  • 6. Customer Cohesion
    • 6.1 Sustainability
    • 6.2 Steps
  • 7. Create Value Frequently
    • 7.1 Keep the focus on value
    • 7.2 Don’t leave the customer hanging
    • 7.3 Incremental and iterative value
    • 7.4 Released value
    • 7.5 Feedback
    • 7.6 Trust and status
    • 7.7 Avoid mediation in creating value
    • 7.8 Efficiency
  • 8. Balance Risks
    • 8.1 Engineering effort
    • 8.2 Avoiding marginal
    • 8.3 Leverage intuition
    • 8.4 Validation
    • 8.5 Waste
    • 8.6 Long term
    • 8.7 Stolen focus
    • 8.8 Trade-offs
    • 8.9 Timeliness
    • 8.10 Run-on work
    • 8.11 Further benefits
  • 9. Reconsider Pricing
    • 9.1 Effort-based compensation
    • 9.2 Aligned interests
    • 9.3 Value pricing
    • 9.4 How to get started?
  • Acknowledgements

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