Agile Approaches

Lean Ball Game Variation

Lean ball game - focus on variable demand
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Lean Ball Game Variation
Kanban Metrics

Don’t follow the ball, look at the whole pitch

Estimates don't always represent your whole system of work
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Don’t follow the ball, look at the whole pitch
Agile Kanban Teams

Your agile team assessment is all wrong

Agile Team assessments assess the wrong thing
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Your agile team assessment is all wrong
Kanban Legal Practice

Problems faced by lawyers whilst managing their work

Legal industry problems associated with managing work
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Problems faced by lawyers whilst managing their work
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Using Work Item Ageing Charts
Kanban Metrics

Using Work Item Ageing Charts

Work item ageing charts are particularly useful for solving issues that are currently impacting your teams. Whilst other charts such...
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Option / Backlog item expiry date
Agile Backlogs Kanban

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...
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Using Input / Output charts
Kanban Metrics

Using Input / Output charts

These are not very widely used, but are one of my favourite charts for helping to manage flow. I find...
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High performing team or better cross team interactions?
Agile Teams

High performing team or better cross team interactions?

A high performing team might make the difference in a small organisation, but as you grow its requires teams of teams to reach outcomes. Optimise the right thing for those outcomes.
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Lead Time Distribution Charts
Kanban Metrics

Lead Time Distribution Charts

One of the really useful charts that I commonly use with Kanban implementations are lead time distribution charts. Given that...
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How to read a cumulative flow diagram
Kanban Metrics

How to read a cumulative flow diagram

Cumulative Flow diagrams can contain quite a lot of information for observations. However, they can also be a little daunting...
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Lead time scatterplots
Kanban Metrics

Lead time scatterplots

Lead time scatterplots are an important tool for a team working with Kanban. Sometimes these are referred to as a...
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WiP Limits = Focus
Kanban WiP Limits

WiP Limits = Focus

One word that I continually think of when I think of WiP limits is "Focus". Essentially, WiP limits create a...
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Do you need Rockstars?
Teams

Do you need Rockstars?

Everyone has probably seen a job ad for a "rockstar" team member, or perhaps it's come under a different name...
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If something’s not working, do something different. If something is working, do something different.
Approaches

If something’s not working, do something different. If something is working, do something different.

The origin of this statement for me goes back nearly 20 years ago when I attended a technical leadership training...
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Kanban Books
Kanban

Kanban Books

A Listing of Kanban Related Books Over time, I've accumulated a number of Kanban books, however I don't think I've...
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“It’s on the Backlog”
Agile Backlogs

“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...
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Large Batch Death Spiral
Lean

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...
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Uncovering embedded options through a bias for delivery
Agile Kanban

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...
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Use options instead of backlogs
Agile Backlogs

Use options instead of backlogs

Often we become constrained in our thinking by the language we use - a good example is the use of...
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Constant WiP
Kanban WiP Limits

Constant WiP

Dealing with Resistance to WiP Limits Sometimes teams will understand the concept of WiP limits and be reasonably open to...
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Per Person WiP Limits
Kanban WiP Limits

Per Person WiP Limits

Dealing with Resistance to WiP Limits Another technique for dealing with resistance to explicit WiP limits is to try limiting...
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Right to Left
Kanban WiP Limits

Right to Left

Dealing with Resistance to WiP Limits This is one of what will become a series of blog posts that discuss...
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Validate Assumptions
Kanban

Validate Assumptions

I’ve seen a number of common patterns over the years in relation to assumptions. Sometimes using assumptions can be useful,...
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The key to Kanban is the WiP limits
Kanban WiP Limits

The key to Kanban is the WiP limits

Recently, I ran a session of “The ship game” that was created by @klausleopold (read up more about it in...
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