The Non-Repetitive Work Fallacy

The Non-Repetitive Work Fallacy

It is not uncommon to hear people say that software development is non-repetitive work where the work always unique and rarely repeat.  It is not uncommon to hear people say that software development is a craft, an act of design and even divine inspiration and that we therefore can learn from other industries that is described as repetitive.

I think this is a fallacy, a fallacy I call the Non-Repetitive Work Fallacy.

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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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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 video recording of this session is available on Agile Alliance Video Learning Center

In these posts I try to answer some questions I received as feedback for this session:

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

 

Summer book recommendations

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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