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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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InfoDiagram: Scrum KnowHow Presentation Visuals

Scrum Timeline

I’ve loved the products on InfoDiagram.com since I discovered their Kanban Project Management Toolbox. In fact, I link to them from my resources page. So, when their founder, Peter Zvirinsky, told me about their new Scrum KnowHow Presentation Visuals, I had to take a look.

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Need to shake up your retrospective? Try TRIZ

One day, not too long ago, my team was suffering through a very boring retrospective. We were doing the old standard retrospective format of “What was good?” and “What was bad?” followed by “What can we do now?” That worked for us for a while because my team isn’t shy when it comes to talking about what can be better. But, one day it was unexpectedly and exceedingly awkward. I found myself saying things like “You guys normally have plenty of things to say” and “Do we have a case of the Mondays?” Well, ok, maybe not that last one, but I won’t deny it didn’t cross my mind. I definitely had to don my “pointy hair.” After that I realized that something needed to change. That was seconded by one of my seniors who came by and noted that it was probably time to do something different for our retrospectives. I began looking into what we might try next.

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