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You might not use releases, but you still need cadences!

Release button on Jira board

The release button on a Jira Kanban board can be immensely useful even when you don’t do releases!

When you’re using a continuous flow process you don’t always have the concept of releases. But, even when you don’t have releases or iterations, it doesn’t mean that you don’t care about what you’re able to forecast or accomplish in a particular time span.  Cadences are extremely important because they help us create habits, for better or worse, and they make sure that we pay attention to things at certain intervals. The alternative is that we think we’ll get around to things and we never do… time flies by and we don’t give things the attention they deserve. Scrum builds in the concept of iterations for which you measure velocity in order to plan for future iterations. In a continuous flow process like Kanban, you still have to look at throughput over time so you can do light forecasting and to reflect on what’s been accomplished. You still need cadences, you just don’t stop the flow for releasing or planning. No matter what method you’re using, it’s always helpful to be able to easily see and discuss what has been accomplished over the past week, month or quarter.

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Beware of lonely numbers

Cupcake with a one-shaped candle

This week I’ve been listening to the highly recommended book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think  written by Swedish legend, Hans Rosling. “Factfulness” really challenges us to revisit our assumptions about binary constructs like “us vs. them” or “developed world vs. developing world.” Most of us in the “western world” still think in terms of the “haves vs. the have nots” but Rosling shows us how old that thinking really is and why we should be moving to a model of thinking in a spectrum. The book is really eye opening and, so far, there’s one piece of advice that I feel is especially critical for us all to adopt.

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This Week’s Video to Watch: Metrics & DevOps

JAXenter editor Gabriela Motroc caught up with me at DevOpsCon 2018 to talk metrics and DevOps following my talk “Finding Metrics that Matter and Using them Safely” and my workshop “Winning at DevOps with Kanban.”

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