Category: Lean & Kanban

19 January 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Stop Managing Dependencies!

Dependencies in Software Development have been an issue since decades and lots of practices have been built to “manage” them, creating an environment that becomes more complicated with longer time-to-market times as dependencies grow (or the product/solution grows). This is creating an illusion and no dependency management is alwys the only answer! Coordination to remove dependencies is usually a more sustainable outcome with less management. The...

15 January 2016 / Agile & Scrum
Being agile in my free time

One of my biggest hobbies is participating in Live Action Roleplay events, larp in short. For years I've also been organising such events for a couple of non-profit organisations. Last year I finally took the plunge and used some agile techniques for running of the event. It should not really have surprised me that this was successfull, but still it did. Most of the time we...

5 January 2016 / Lean & Kanban
Kanban Metrics you won’t hate – Part 2: Control Chart

This is the second article about Kanban Metrics. The first article was about the Cumulative Flow Diagram, used to measure the throughput time for items in your backlog. The time it takes to go from “In Progress” to “Done” and then projected over a period of time. But what are the ways you can use a Control Chart? Analyze your team’s performance Measure the effect...

23 December 2015 / Agile & Scrum
A Horror Story: Efficiency is Killing Productivity

Are you working in product development? Creative work? Research? Or any other domain where brains are the main asset? YES? Then this story is for you! It's called: "Efficiency in organisations has become counterproductive!" Take the holy grail of efficiency: Clarity - Measurements - Accountability, it makes human efforts derail! And yes, I've been tricked into it myself. My work while being tricked and still today...

27 November 2015 / Lean & Kanban
Kanban Metrics you won’t hate – Part 1: CFD – Cumulative Flow Diagram

If you have read the article of Annelies de Meyere about detailed metrics are not always the answer, you must think why this article? Well some metrics are good!!! It’s the best way to see how you're doing with your team. But as described in the article of Annelies over-metric is bad, it’s not a weapon to use against your team or one member. It’s...

14 October 2015 / Agile & Scrum
Handling documentation needs in an Agile world

Working software over comprehensive documentation www.agilemanifesto.org   This leads to a lot of misunderstandings in organisations that are considering one of the Agile flavors as a new way of working, especially when they are used to document a lot. Quite often we need to start explaining that Agile does not mean "no documentation" but that we will handle it differently. And that's exactly what this...