The Chicken and Pig Analogy

If you engage in agile development methods, sooner or later you will come accross the ‘Chicken and Pig’ analogy. It’s purpose is to depict the different levels of commitment of project stakeholders. It summs up like this:

A chicken and a pig decide to start a restaurant. The chicken suggests to serve bacon and eggs. The pig responds, “No thanks. For you, bacon and eggs is simply involvement. For me, it is total commitment!”

This translates into: Chicken, while still project stakeholders, are only losely committed to the project and are not accountable for deliverables. And Pigs are the ones held accountable for deliverables (developers, architects, designers).

Now, how can you translate this controverse picture into being more productive with your team and still love your work without getting fried or frying colleagues?

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