How to improve Flow Efficiency with Scrum – #Agile2014 Q&A

HowToImproveFlowEfficiencyRemoveTheRedBricksQA

Thank you all of you who attended my #Agile2014 session: How to improve Flow Efficiency, Remove the Red bricks! In this, and upcoming posts I will answer some of the questions I have received after the session.

Q1: I was hoping to better understand how to improve flow efficiency when the number of resources varies on our scrum process. For example, we have more developers than testers. We typically have a bottleneck in the test step. Not sure I got my answer.

This question is not necessarily a flow efficiency question. It may be more of a balance demand to capacity question. Nevertheless, let us explore the flow efficiency side first, as this was the main focus of the session. First, a short description of flow efficiency.

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Agile2014 presentations

I had the great opportunity to present at two separate sessions at Agile2014 in Orlando.Here are the slides.

My first session was called “How to improve flow efficiency, remove the red bricks”

The second presentation that I co-presented with Erik Schön was called “The Mental Leaps at Ericsson 3G”.

Summer book recommendations

2014-07-10 1 comment

Here are some book recommendations for your summer vacation. I have divided them into four categories: The must reads!, Great reads!, Lean & Leadership and finally Change  & Coaching

The must reads!

TheMustReads

This is Lean by Niklas Modig, Pär Åhlström

Kanban by David J. Andersson

The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Toyota Kata by Mike Rother

The Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker

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Flow Thinking – ACE! Conference

 

 

Learn how to shift your focus from keeping people and equipment busy to having work flowing to your customers without unwanted waiting time and how that new focus will affect your meetings, process management, and metrics.

This presentation was given at ACE! Conference in Krakow, Polen 2014-06-16. Here are the rest of the session videos

Are you too busy to improve #lkse14

2014-06-01 1 comment

Here are my slides and video from my talk at the Lean Kanban Southern Europe conference in Bologna on the 30th of May.

 

Don’t we all think that we get more done if we stay busy? We feel good and efficient. We get a pat on the back or a nod of approval from the managers when pulling that all-nighter once again. It may feel good and we could even get a raise for being so efficient, but is this good for the company? Is it good for our customers?

Toyota Kata – Habits for continuous improvements MIX-IT

Here are my slides from my talk at MIX-IT 2014 in Lyon France

Building on the power of habits, Toyota Kata will help you build a culture of continuous learning and improvement, a kaizen culture.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

What are the habits, routines, behavior patterns, needed to strive for excellence every day? How do we create a culture of continuous learning and improvement?

Building on the power of habits, Toyota Kata will help you build a culture of continuous learning and improvement, a kaizen culture.

In this session, you will be introduced to the two main Kata* of the Toyota Kata, the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata. You will learn how the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata can become your “muscle memory” for continuous learning and improvements in your organization. These daily habits or routines will help you to strive towards your vision, your state of awesomeness, in small experiments focused on learning. The Improvement Kata will form the habits of doing small daily experiments focused on learning and improving. The Coaching Kata will form the habits of the leaders of the organization to help the learners learn and improve.

In this session, we will take Toyota Kata out of the manufacturing context and put it into the knowledge work context. You will learn how you can start applying the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata in a software development context tomorrow.

Time to stop collecting problems and start forming new habits of learning and improving!

(*) Kata means pattern, routine, habits or way of doing things. Kata is about creating a fast “muscle memory” of how to take action instantaneously in a situation without having to go through a slower logical procedure. A Kata is something that you practice over and over striving for perfection. If the Kata itself is relative static, the content of the Kata, as we execute it is modified based on the situation and context in real-time as it happens. A Kata as different from a routine in that it contains a continuous self-renewal process.

Ideas for now

  • How Toyota Kata can become the catalyst for creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement, a kaizen culture.
  • How Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata can become your “muscle memory” for continuous learning and improvements in your organization.
  • How the Coaching Kata will form the habits of the leaders of the organization to help the learners learn and improve.
  • How small daily experiments lower the resistance to change and builds a kaizen culture.
  • How to use the great power of habits to build a new culture.
  • How to apply the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata in a software development context

Look below the waterline to understand Lean

2014-04-05 1 comment

Iceberg

The artifacts and behaviors we can easily observe at Lean companies are only the tip of the iceberg. Waste reduction and other Lean practices, principles and tools like A3, kanban, andon and heijunka, are all important parts of Lean but it is only the tip of the iceberg. You need to look below the waterline.

“Toyota’s tools and techniques, the things you see, are built upon invisible routines of thinking and acting, particularly in management, that differ significantly from those found in most companies.”

Mike Rother in Toyota Kata : Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results

If you want grasp and become Lean you need to look below the waterline.

 

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