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DOES 2016: Predictability: No Magic Required

will i ever learn the secrets to predictability?

I had a great time at the DevOps Enterprise Summit last year so I decided to submit a few talks for the 2016 event. As this was the event in which I gave my inaugural conference presentation at in 2015, I was thrilled to be invited back!

In my talk for this year’s event I wanted to try something new. Many people struggle to get through, and understand, the excellent “Principles of Product Development Flow” by Don Reinertsen. I wanted to see if I could take a crack at putting a core concept or two in terms that were most accessible to a larger audience. As with any first iteration of something, there are many adjustments I’ll make going forward, but hopefully you and the attendees of the actual talk will find value in this presentation. Enjoy!

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Lean Agile Scotland 2016: Let’s not get rid of managers!

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-10-36-12-amI had heard nothing but stellar things about Lean Agile Scotland so I decided to submit a few talks in hopes that I would be selected. I was fortunate enough to be asked to give a talk on why managers are still important in the workplace, why we shouldn’t hate them as much as we want to and things you can do as a manager to be valued by your team.

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Flow Efficiency: A great metric you probably aren’t using

Flow

How efficient is your flow?

One of the questions that working professionals get asked the most is “When will my request be completed?” In order to answer, we often look at lead time metrics to give a predictable answer. Looking at lead times over a period of time can give us a pretty high confidence level in setting delivery expectations. It is a strategy for predictability.

When we look at improving those lead times, we often focus on how to improve the active work we do for the requests we receive. We might improve test automation, implement code review process and/or continuous delivery pipelines. Those are all great endeavors. However, too many teams are not aware that the biggest way to improve the lead times for our work may actually be focusing on reducing the time we spend NOT working on our requests.

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