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The fist manifesto.

Talent trumps process.

Teamwork trumps paperwork.

Leadership trumps management.

Trust trumps oversight.

Fixed funding & floating requirements are better than fixed requirements & floating funding.

An optimal failure costs a little and teaches a lot. When FIST projects fail, they fail optimally.

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Delivering useful capabilities is the only measure of success.

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This approach is called FIST Fast, Inexpensive, Simple, Tiny.

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To keep timelines short, projects must exercise restraint over budgets complexity and size.

Increases to the project's budget, complexity or size inevitably reduce its speed.

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System development projects should be done by:

small teams of talented people using short schedules small budgets and mature technologies.

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Short timelines help stabilize: requirements technology budgets and people.

Short timelines also foster accountability, ownership and learning.

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To Implement FIST:

Minimize team size, maximize team talent.

Use schedules and budgets to constrain the design.

Insist on simplicity in organizations processes and technologies.

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Complexity is a cost. Complexity reduces reliability. Simplicity scales. Complexity doesn't.

Iteration drives learning, discovery and efficiency. FIST is iterative.

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FIST Principles

A project leader's influence is inversely proportional to the project's budget and schedule

Constraints foster creativity.

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Incentivize and reward under-runs. Requirements must be achievable within short time horizons.

Designs must only include mature technologies.

Documents and meetings: have as many as necessary, as few as possible.

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Instructions: cut along dotted lines, fold on solid lines, put pages in order and staple in middle to assemble a handy little booklet

Lt. Col. Dan Ward, USAF

daniel.ward@pentagon.af.mil

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Title Annotation:fast, inexpensive, simple, tiny
Author:Ward, Dan
Publication:Defense AT & L
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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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