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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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Sabotage by avoidance

see, hear, speak no evil

I was on the phone recently with Stacy, a dev team manager.  During our conversation, I shared the concept of using relative card positioning, or stack ranking, to show the priority of items of a queue on a kanban board. Personally, I have used this tactic very successfully in the past as it provides visual cues to both the doers that need to know what’s next, as well as to the requestors of work who want to know when we’ll get to their item. When I finished explaining, Stacy said, “Yes, we’ve tried that in the past but we don’t do it anymore. The problem was that requestors got upset that their item was number five in our queue.”

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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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