Category lean

The Busy Kitchen – a parable of work in process

Some software teams get stuck because their business users don’t realise they need to make time to take delivery of features they’ve requested. Over time their UAT backlog increases to the point where the team’s throughput virtually stalls. Once upon a time there was a restaurant. It was a good restaurant with a good reputation. […]

Six Impossible Things

I’m having fun in the most unlikely of places. I’m currently working at a Big American Bank. In fact, it’s so big it’s called Bank of America. I recently wrote an article for their internal agile magazine which probably best describes why I think it’s so much fun, and which I’ve reproduced below. There are […]

The lady in the taxi – a parable of metrics

Once upon a time there was a lady in a taxi. It took such a long time for the lady to get to her destination in the taxi that she went to the town hall and told the man from the council. The man from the council wanted to figure out why the taxi journey […]

The perils of estimation

Business people want estimates. They want to know how much it’s going to cost them to get a solution, and they want to know how likely it is to come in on time and on budget. And of course quality is not negotiable. Agile teams I encounter are at best nervous about estimates and at […]

Learning to Lean

A discussion unfolded recently on an internal mailing list that tied together two of my favourite topics, namely learning theory and Lean. Someone was asking how they might apply Lean to setting up and running a new project. A number of people made suggestions, all of which were the kind of good common sense I […]

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