Cost of Decision Delays

With César Idrovo, Senior Director at Lab Zero, and Luke Hohmann, Founder and CEO at Conteneo Inc.

Collaboration at Scale includes making important choices about sequencing work. The goal, as always, is to maximize value of the product resulting from the work of the development teams. An important tool that many Scrum teams are using to help sequence work calculating the "Cost of Delay", which can be defined simply as "what would it be worth to us if we could get this backlog item earlier than another backlog item?". The Cost of Delay is a a key factor in both the CD3 (Cost of Delay Divided by Duration) and  "Weighted Shortest Job First" algorithms for sequencing work. Unfortunately, the Cost of Delay estimates used by many organizations do not factor the Cost of Decision Delays, or the time it takes for leaders to make choices. In this Collaboration at Scale webinar, we'll explore both the Cost of Delay and the Cost of Decision Delays and provide frameworks that can help teams make choices that do a better job of maximizing value. ​

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About the Collaboration at Scale Webinar Series

A joint production of Scrum Alliance® and Conteneo Inc., the Collaboration at Scale webinar series is designed to provide a series of focused, outcome-driven solutions to collaboration problems faced by CSPOs, ScrumMasters, and Scrum Team members in organizations of ten or more Scrum Teams.


César​ Idrovo
César Idrovo is Senior Director at Lab Zero, a San Francisco based product development consulting company where he heads the Business Agility practice. In his role as consultant and coach, César he helps leaders deliver great products, activate unstoppable teams and transform organizations. He holds a Master degree in Finance from London Business School and a Masters in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London.

Luke Hohmann
Luke Hohmann is the founder and CEO of Conteneo Inc. (formerly the Innovation Games® Company). Conteneo’s enterprise software platforms and professional services merge collaboration frameworks, data analytics, and domain expertise to help organizations optimize decision making in the areas of strategy, innovation, sales, product development, and market research. Luke is also cofounder of Every Voice Engaged Foundation (EVEF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that that helps citizens, governments, and other nonprofit organizations collaborate at scale to solve technical and wicked problems. EVEF has been a leader in the Participatory Budgeting movement, helping citizens prioritize hundreds of millions of dollars through budget games. EVEF has also partnered with the Kettering Foundation to create Common Ground for Action, the first platform for scalable deliberative decision making. Luke is thankful for the thousands of colleagues from the Agile community who have donated their time.