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Build vs. Buy

Outcome

This is an activity that helps the participants understand and visualize their current dependencies and capabilities in regards to technical tools and implementation environment.

Audience

Mostly technical staff, but with business people present to hear about any technical limitations of key software packages.

When to use

At the last possible responsible moment when deciding on central pieces of software that will make up the product or its infrastructure.

Activity

A facilitator soliciting input from the participants about different services the product will need/uses. The services are listed in a column, along with build/buy/open-source indicators with examples. A conversation ensues to decide which tools can be used.

Preparation

Whiteboard, large sticky notes, and dry-erase markers.

Process

This is a group-wide activity The services are listed in a column, along with build/buy/open-source indicators with examples.

Group size

Timing

Try to keep this exercise less than an hour.

Example

Authentication OpenSource Authlogic, Devise Logging OpenSource Log4r, Splunk, LogStash App Performance Buy NewRelic

Notes

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