Everyday Kanban

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

Author: Julia Wester (page 2 of 28)

DevOps Days SEA 2017: Taming the Chaos: Beyond the Quick Wins

Do you have a shallow kanban implementation?

 

This year at DevOps Days Seattle, I spoke about how often people get stuck in a very shallow implementation of Kanban. In fact, in many things, we often implement a very thin layer of something good but don’t know how to take improvement to a deeper level. First I¬†introduce the audience to a team that has started an improvement initiative, specifically a Kanban implementation, and they’ve seen results, but still aren’t where they want to be. This story progresses throughout the talk in which I share four common indicators of a shallow Kanban implementation and how you can start to wade a little deeper with your process improvements. I give three areas to address, with (hopefully) tactical tips that you can start immediately when you’re back at the office.

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Do Teams Matter?

Every week, before our Lean Coffee in Seattle, there is an unofficial social gathering called #prelean. I value this gathering tremendously as it is a time to get together with peers to learn and build deeper relationships. A staple at #prelean, Adam Yuret is one of my closest friends as well as an amazing consultant. A couple of weeks ago, Adam¬†brought up a topic that sounded controversial: “Do Teams Matter?” For someone who has always been a vocal advocate for their teams in the past, my gut reaction was “Of course they matter! Don’t be so cynical.” But, as the conversation went on, I found my perspective widening quite a bit.

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Flow Efficiency: Identifying work time vs. wait time

My blog post on Flow Efficiency seems to have been well received and, most importantly, generated some pretty good discussion on Facebook regarding how to distinguish between work time versus waiting time for your actual work.

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