Everyday Kanban

Discussing Management, Teams, Agile, Lean, Kanban & more

Going beyond the quick wins of visualization

busy kanban board

Over the past few years I’ve heard more and more talks at conferences mentioning Kanban boards and I’ve seen teams from a wider set of departments and industries adopting a visual work management process. I think it’s safe to say that visualizing your work isn’t just for software development anymore. While I’m excited about this progress, I see many people implementing visualization, getting some quick wins and then… nothing. I shouldn’t be surprised at this. I often tell people that when you improve one issue, the reward is being able to see the next one. The pattern is as true at this macro level as it is within individual value streams.

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What type of individual are you?

Today I spent some time listening to an audio version of Peter Drucker’s “Managing in a Time of Great Change” while riding a few trains in England. During a section about teams, I heard something that struck a chord with me. I have heard the term “Individual Contributor” a great number of times – especially as a manager. But, I had never heard the term “Individual Performer” before today and so I’d never heard them compared. It is in this comparison of the two terms that I really found value.

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LeanKit Webinar – Predictability: No Magic Required

crystal ball

One of the great things about working at LeanKit is being able to deliver the occasional webinar on topics that might be beneficial to our customers. As an educator, that’s really exciting. In this webinar, I expand on the content from my talk at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016.  We think that predictability is such an elusive goal and we try so many things to improve it yet we end up becoming less predictable rather than more so. This webinar is aimed at helping us all realize the impacts of common choices we make so that we can improve decision making and become more predictable.

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