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Not everything is linear

Value Stream Mapping originated in manufacturing. The diagrams we all know love can be traced back to Charles Knoeppel’s book Installing Efficiency Methods (1918). The problem of lifting this technique directly from manufacturing is that in knowledge work there are more shared people and resources, variability in processing time and path, and changing requirements. Mapping this morass gets messy and often frustrating. Strategies for addressing two common issues, shared people and resources and variability in processing time, are described below: (more…)

River with old mill stones in it

Too much detail might like having a mill stone around your neck!

Value streams are an important tool for process change. Value streams present the big picture, they are a system thinking tool. There are several ways practitioners mess up the big picture and therefore lose value when generating value streams. Two of the most common are: (more…)

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SPaMCAST 565 tackles three ways to mess up sprint goals. Sprint goals are a statement of the value that teams strive to deliver.  It is possible to complete all of the stories or work items only to realize that the team has lost sight of the goal. Alternately, it is possible to meet the goal and not complete all of the stories. 

We also have a promo for the Agile Online Summit https://www.agileonlinesummit.com/2019 This year’s summit will be held October 7 – 11th — EVERYWHERE, it’s a virtual conference.  Visit the website to sign-up. The basic conference is FREE.

Rounding out the cast, we have a visit from Jon M Quigley with an installment of The Alpha and Omega of Product Development.  Jon talks about his two new books and product roadmaps.

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SPaMCAST 564 is part 2 of my conversation with Steve Tendon and Daniel Dioron.  We discussed their new book Tame Your Work Flow. Steve and Danie ask the question “Do you need a high-performance enterprise management & governance approach improving planning, execution, and delivery while dealing with multiple projects, events, stakeholders and teams?”, the book and the interview probes potential answers. In order to answer the question, the three of us take a deep dive into applying Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints in the real world. Listen to part 1 before listing to SPaMCAST 564. (more…)

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SPaMCAST 563 is part one of my conversation with Steve Tendon and Daniel Dioron.  We discussed their new book Tame Your Work Flow. Steve and Daniel share deep insights into applying Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints in the real world. After you have listened to the conversation you will never view the flow of work as an esoteric topic.  Steve, Daniel, and I had a wide-ranging conversation, I decided to ignore my own guideline on two-part interviews and let the tape run (metaphorically). We will return with part 2 next week.  (more…)

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SPaMCAST 555 features our essay applying a simple filter to determine whether an interaction or event is collaborative. In this essay we put the simple four attribute model we introduced in SPaMCAST 554 to use.  Collaboration is an important tool, so let’s recognize what is or isn’t collaboration and stop calling everything collaboration.

We will also have a visit from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries. In this installment, Kim returns to the topic of lean software development.  In 2019, the concepts of lean and agile have become intertwined. Understanding concepts like waste is important for everyone involved in delivering value.   (more…)

Today we conclude the quarterfinals of our agile saying/bumper sticker competition.  We will take tomorrow off to celebrate Christmas and then begin the semi-finals on Boxing Day.  In our final group, I have combined all of the sayings/bumper stickers that readers and listeners have suggested that did not neatly fit into other groups OR were suggested along the way.    Please pick your two favorites from today’s list!

A reminder of the logistics:  On December 26 and 27th we cross the categories for two semi-final polls with the final poll on December 28th.  The ultimate agile saying (at least according to the SPaMCAST community) will be announced on January 1st!