Everyday Kanban

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

Month: August 2016

First, decide what not to do

Surrender to backlog

We spend our days feeling as if we are buried under a mountain of expectations. When I was a manager in enterprise companies, I frequently saw teams with multi-year backlogs, not accounting for projects or new requests!  I’m confident in saying that this is an extremely common situation in companies of all sizes.

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DevOps Days Portland 2016: Defending against Chaos-Driven Delivery

In my effort to hit more and more conferences in the pacific northwest, I applied to speak at DevOps Days Portland. Happy to be accepted, I wanted to find a topic that would let me talk about good work management but speak to the tech folk in the room. So, a talk was born that looks to see how Operating Systems manage work and what we can take from them and apply to managing human work systems.

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Agile 2016: Jumping off the hamster wheel with Kanban

How better to celebrate your first trip to THE Agile conference than by speaking? Fortunately, that’s what I was able to do. I paired up with a colleague from my first management role and we spoke about how Kanban helped us transform a struggling team into a team that other teams strived to be. Agile Alliance members are allowed to watch via their website. If you’re not a member, you can take a look at the slides below!

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