Limiting your work in progress (WIP) has several benefits when it comes to making individuals and teams more effective. Here are my the most useful approaches I have found.
On my way to understanding lean concepts through the use of Kanban, I have found books by the following authors invaluable:
My notes from Confessions of a Kanban Virgin - Chris Pitts - Thirsty Bear Software - principle consultant and M.D.
Chris was coaching a team that was using scrum towards a leaner approach using Kanban. At the time Chris had no experience with Kanban and learned to see the potential of the team as they tried it out.
When Chris arrived, something was not quite working right with the teams Scrum approach and kanban seemed a more relevant approach. Here is what Chris did to try support the team in their efforts.
My current reading list is loaded with some highly recommended books on Lean System thinking and the theory of constraints. There are a lot of cross-concepts between these two areas and its been good to compare the ideas together.
Over the last few years I have learnt a number of techniques that introduce lean system thinking into running development projects. This is a summary of the techniques I have found useful and examples of how I have applied them.
It is not uncommon in IT projects that you are required to learn something on the fly or you see an opportunity to introduce a new technique or tool that would bring great benefits to a project.
How do you manage the learning curve required for something new without major impact to the project?
Having an inquisitive minds is a great thing but there can be a tenancy to be interested in too many things that you never learn something deeply enough. How do you stop the inquisitive monster in you mind and get on with just one thing?
A Google Wave has been set up for the Lean and Kanban exchange being held at Skills Matter on Tuesday 1st December.
The wave will be updated during each talk with a summary, please add your contributions at the same time if you can - wave is collaborative so join in… Dont worry if what you type it not perfect…
Or search for the wave in the Navigation panel or type in the search criteria in the Inbox panel search box. Either way you should use the following text:
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Until you follow a wave or are added by someone, you need to include the
with:public, otherwise google wave will just look at your inbox.
Once you are following the wave you can find it in your overcrowded inbox by using
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