Uncovering embedded options through a bias for delivery

I’ve recently been thinking about a number of experiences in my career where organisations who have a bias for delivery have uncovered options that were not previously available to them. I’ve also seen others who had a tendency… Read More

Use options instead of backlogs

Often we become constrained in our thinking by the language we use – a good example is the use of the term “backlog” instead of “options”. Quite often if you say to someone “It’s on the backlog”, the… Read More

Upstream and Downstream comparison

Differences between upstream and downstream in Kanban Systems

Focus on core problems

Focus on core problems

Are product owners a broken concept?

Product owners are a broken concept

Using Lead Time Distribution Charts for Improvements

Lead time distribution charts are very useful for making improvements to your system of work. Understanding what to target and when will ensure that you get the best “bang for your buck” in improvements. Making these improvement will… Read More

Option / Backlog item expiry date

Backlogs often become a dumping ground for ideas. Some of those ideas are good, others might need some exploration before we understand if they’re worth it or not, but many of them are often not worth pursuing. After… Read More

WiP Limits = Focus

One word that I continually think of when I think of WiP limits is “Focus”. Essentially, WiP limits create a focus for working on the right things at the right time. The absence of WiP limits means that… Read More

“It’s on the Backlog”

I’ve heard this being said a number of times with teams and it often reminds me of the story the Jeff Patton told in his book “User Story Mapping” when he was talking about requirements. In that story,… Read More

Large Batch Death Spiral

This is a term I first come across in Don Reinertsen’s “Principles of Product Development Flow” book (“B9: The Batch Size Death Spiral Principle”), but I’m constantly reminding myself of its importance . Essentially, this describes the behaviour… Read More

Right to Left

Dealing with Resistance to WiP Limits This is one of what will become a series of blog posts that discuss and give options on how to deal with resistance to WiP limits. Having WiP limits for the first… Read More