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Waste of overproduction > waste of highly skilled people idling? – #Agile2014 Q&A part 2

How to improve Flow EfficiencyAgile 2014 P8

This is my second Q&A post for my #Agile2014 session: How to improve Flow Efficiency, Remove the Red bricks! In this, my previous and upcoming posts I will answer some of the questions I have received as session feedback after the session.

Q2: The presentation gave a full demonstration of the issue and how to address the problem. However the only issue I had with it is that it is essentially teaching to have your highly skilled, highly paid people sit and wait for work when it is ready. I would like to see the real metrics when you consider the overhead of these highly skilled people. But in general, I think you did a really good job of pointing out the issue and ways to address it. Entertaining presentation as well.

BusyWorkers BusyFlowunit

Yes, I am proposing that for some organizations, based on their context, it is a valid business/operational strategy to focus more on having the flow units (e.g. user stories, features, MVP, project) being worked on all the time over having our highly skilled, highly paid people utilized all the time.

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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 (part 2) 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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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

Great reads!  Read more…

Best of DevSum presentation – What can traffic in Stockholm teach you about your development process?

Here is the slides for the presentation I gave at Best of DevSum in Gothenborg on the 14th of November.

Lean Kanban Central Europe 2011 presentation – What can traffic in Stockholm teach you about queuing theory?

Here is my slides from my presentation at Lean Kanban Central Europe 2011

Update: Audio is now added to the slides

2nd Bathtub – Queueing theory in software development

This is the recording of my presentation at the 2nd Bathtub Conference where I talked about Queueing theory in software development

Audio books I highly recommend

I try to read a lot of books but I’m not a fast reader. I also spend some time more or less every day walking the dog, doing grocery shopping, commuting to and from work and so on. I have found that listening to audio books and podCast are a great way to learn. Here is a list of highly recommended audio books I have read.

James P. Womack

Stephen A. Ruffa

Jeffrey Liker

Dan Ariely

Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Dan & Chip Heath

John P. Kotter

Daniel H. Pink

Emi Osono, Norihiko Shimizu, Hirotaka Takeuchi

Louis V. Gerstner

Peter M. Senge

Patrick Lencioni

Shawn Achor

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