Escalations create longer waits

Escalations create longer wait times

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

Kanban Unconference

Kanban Unconference

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 as Lead Time Distributions and Scatterplots can be useful for coming up with countermeasures for issues that you… 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

Using Input / Output charts

These are not very widely used, but are one of my favourite charts for helping to manage flow. I find it quite simple as well, which once you finish this article I hope you also find it equally… Read More

Lead Time Distribution Charts

One of the really useful charts that I commonly use with Kanban implementations are lead time distribution charts. Given that lead time is one of the key metrics, at least from a customers perspective, understanding the nature of… Read More

Lead time scatterplots

Lead time scatterplots are an important tool for a team working with Kanban. Sometimes these are referred to as a “Control Chart” which is often the case in manufacturing. However, in knowledge work I think it’s less about… 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

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 seen a posting with all of the details of what they are so I thought I’d share my… 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

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