Daniel Ploeg

Identify Blockers

Another major cause for long lead times are blockers. Blockers are things that prevent the flow of value / work from being done. Often these blockers are caused by things outside the system that we often have little or no control over. As these are a major cause of “tail lead time” issues, you should …

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Identify Queues

I often find teams that are struggling to get their work done, but many of these don’t see the queues and blockages that are impacting their everyday work. For me, these are key things that can be the focus for initial improvement. Oftentimes, by managing queues and blockages you can get a significant improvement in …

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LAST Conference – Melbourne 2019

On Tuesday 30 July I attended the LAST (Lean, Agile, Systems-Thinking) Conference in Melbourne. This year I presented a talk entitled “An Introduction to STATIK – getting started with Kanban” plus I also did a workshop of “The Ship Game”. This is actually the second LAST Conference I’ve been to this year, I had already …

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Encourage acts of leadership at all levels

This is the final of the three Kanban Change Management Principles. Often this may start to emerge early in the process with a few leaders willing to try the Kanban journey. However, in order for it to be truly successful those initial leaders must be participant to making the emergence of leadership at all levels. …

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Agree to pursue improvement through evolutionary change

This is the first in what will be a series of short articles about some of the key aspects of Kanban and how it can help you. Agree to pursue improvement through evolutionary change There are many aspects of this statement that I really like, in particular the evolutionary change aspect. This is a clear …

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