I recently pointed a customer to a discussion around motivation when using Kanban compared to Scrum and other timebox-driven approaches. This blog post is a slightly edited version of my comments on that discussion, since I find myself getting into similar discussions quite frequently.
I’ve been very busy the last few months working with clients and the next months don’t look any better (Not complaining though…). As a result I need to choose very carefully which conferences to attend. As usual, I only go to conferences I’m speaking at. But this year I went even further and dramatically limited [...]
This post is inspired by ongoing discussions in the AgileSparks team based on our experience trying to help organizations make agile teams work in real life. It is heavily inspired or can even be called a revision of a post from a couple of years ago on the
Amazingly enough, it has been 9 years since I started blogging, and about 5 years since I started blogging as an agile coach at AgileSparks. I think it is about time to hear what the readers think works well on this blog, what can be improved, and how useful it is to them. Retrospective, Inspect [...]
I was just starting to listen to Senge’s Dance of Change where he talks about the Mercator map (I can’t comment on the context since I context-switched to thinking about what I’m writing here about… and was thinking that our [...]
Previously on “The Agile Journey”…
So some time ago – maybe months or years – you decided to go for Lean/Agile. You went ahead and started to use Scrum/Kanban to break the waterfall and achieve a more agile operation. These were exciting times. First, that time of making sure you understand what you are trying [...]
I’ve been following Craig Larman’s work for a while now. I find the books he wrote with Bas Vodde on scaling agile to be very insightful and actionable.
I recently discovered Craig’s “Laws of Organizational Behavior”:
1. Organizations are implicitly optimized to avoid changing the status quo middle- and first-level manager and [...]
A main theme of my work and thoughts recently has been Pull-based change. I noticed that I don’t have one place that I can refer people to for my work on this subject. Until I write a book about it, here are some links:
Lean Kanban UK 2013 Talk
Prezi from the Lean Kanban [...]
I recently read Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help by Edgar Schein (actually I listened to it on Audible and then read it again on kindle to better process/digest). I can highly recommend it if you are interested in ways to become a more helpful consultant, manager, person – one who is [...]
Once people start to get “Stop Starting Start Finishing” thinking (Kanban) or the “Focus on the current sprint” thinking (Scrum) a frequent question that comes up is how to deal with people who are required for different activities throughout the work life cycle.
Some example scenarios:
“I’m a tester who both participates in ATDD spec. [...]
Lean Kanban North America a.k.a Modern Management Methods conference for 2014 is coming up. This year it will take place in beautiful San Francisco. I love San Francisco and the conference hotel is smack in the area I love most – the waterfront… But I’m not sure how much time I will have to [...]
The purpose As a parent to a 2nd grade school girl I want to deliver a personal kanban / KidzBan class in a school show & tell parents activity so that kids are exposed to this interesting approach to plan & navigate their activities that can help them take ownership. Desired side effect [...]
Earlier this week I published a guest post about how managers need to change if they want agile to succeed by Yaki Koren. Some blog/twitter followers asked for elaboration and Yaki was gracious enough to comply. I suspect the fact that this is [...]
This is a guest post by Yaki Koren who is the lead coach in one of AgileSparks’s clients – Amdocs Delivery who are going through a very interesting transformation leveraging the Kanban Method, crossing the chasm techniques as well as several key agile practices. It is also where I spend a considerable slice of my [...]
Yesterday I had an interesting session with a company who’s been a big believer in Lean Startup and the MVP concept but have lately reduced the amount of MVP-driven product development dramatically. Not because there is less uncertainty to iterate through but due to something we can call the “Lean Startup Blues” – the lack [...]
Agile Israel 2013 took place yesterday. This year was they year of “Hands on”. Around 600 attendees came to get practical hands on advice on multiple aspects of the agile world. My talk was about running your agile journey on your own.
This talk was aimed at people looking into agile or exploring [...]
In the last few weeks I’ve been using a new visualization that people find useful for understanding the relationship between the various Lean/Agile requirement containers. Some people call the full model a dinosaur. Others are reminded of the snake who ate an elephant from “The Little Prince”. (I’m sure there is a good [...]
I’ve recently gone into Seal/Whale mode and didn’t have too much time to blog. Sorry for that… To make the wait for new content easier, I’m sharing a couple of reading lists that I curated recently for use in client work. People often ask me for reading materials to help prepare for workshops/sessions so I decided [...]
The day has come for FLOWer to bloom (maybe we should call it “Hatzav” (maritime squeel) after the flower that brings the autumn here in israel… btw we are in the middle of october and it feels like July, can’t wait for the Vienna weather next week in Lean Kanban Central Europe [...]
Before Lean Kanban Central Europe 2011 I never heard of Stephen Bungay. He delivered a magnificent keynote that ended the conference (you can see the slides here but the video is just for participants) and so I became interested in his work inspiring Business Strategy by Military Strategy especially as [...]
October is Lean Kanban conferences season in Europe. I chose to return to speak at Lean Kanban Central Europe (#LKCE12) taking place this year in lovely Vienna. If you are not aware of the conference or still contemplating whether to come, here are the things I’m especially looking forward to:
Chance to hear [...]
If my last postrattled your cage, let’s see how you like this one… This post is a thought experiment. This hasn’t been tried in the field, and might be the worst idea in the world. But at a minimum it might be a way to understand better Scrum and Kanban. Let me know [...]
The short version
Based on experience helping organizations go agile in the last few years, an emerging attractor for healthier more sustainable results seems to be the “Starting with Managers” pattern. This is a “training wheels” pattern which seeks fastest learning of the managers in the organization what going towards an agile flow feels like [...]
After a serious break from Kanban Mechanics posts, here is one for you Kanban System Designers/Practitioners out there…
I’ve recently become a fan of the “Virtual Horizontal Swimming Lanes” style of Electronic Kanban Boards. These Boards don’t use physical horizontal lanes but instead use dynamic and easy filtering to show virtual lanes. Specifically I helped [...]
Does adapting agile methods increase the chances of successful adoption and lasting change for the organization? If you’ve read a few of my blog posts you will know my opinion is a strong “of course!”
I believe we need to be agile about how we do agile. But it would be nice to have some [...]
Paying attention to Management attention
I’ve been talking recently about the challenges of keeping sustainable sticky Continuous Improvement programs. An aspect I’ve mentioned but not emphasized enough is the lack of management attention. In this blog post I will focus on why management attention is so important in improvement programs, why is it lacking and [...]
As a Kanban Trainer I often introduce people to the Kanban Method for evolutionary change and the aspects of evolving system design and how they drive improvement. I’ve been looking for ways to make this introduction and exploration of the Kanban Method a more interactive experience. I love Russel Healy’s Kanban Game both in [...]
I recently had a couple of weeks with a few activities related to “Agile Testing”. “Agile Testing” for those not familiar with it is the name we give to the set of thinking guidelines, principles and practices that help run the testing aspects of product development/maintenance in a more effective way under an Agile [...]
This post is for you Project Managers / Program Managers / PMOs out there, or to be more generic people focused on orchestrating the successful on time delivery of commitments to customers. I will use “Project Manager” in this post just for the sake of simplicity.
If you are a Project Manager, you might have [...]
How can we make promises we can keep without a commitment to the sprint content?
Disclaimer – I’m a well-known Scrum Sprint Commitment basher. But in the last few weeks especially while processing the Lean Conference Boston Keynote by Steven Spear I have a fresh perspective I wanted to share.
There is no improvement without learning
One of Spear’s key [...]
I want to talk about a kanban system design issue today.
Do we need a way to portray full stack ranking of cards throughout a kanban system or is it enough to see stack ranking per lane ?
To elaborate – sometimes it feels necessary to convey the priority of cards and have a way [...]
As I prepare to check out from the Boston Seaport Hotel which was the venue of this year’s LSSC conference (and did a magnificent job hosting us!), here are my highlights/impressions of the conference.
The buzzword of the conference seems to have been “Lean Startup”. It permeated into many talks (including mine) in two [...]
Lets try to summarize real quick what we came up with in a short lean coffee session about this today in LSSC12.
Lean Startup for Change is applying the concepts of Lean Startup to Change programs. It comes real handy when you have a complex environment where you don’t know exactly what will work for [...]
Stranger in a strange land
This week I attended and spoke at Scrum Gathering Atlanta
It was a mixed experience for me. On the one hand it was interesting to see the focus of the Scrum crowd on the other hand it was a bit hard for me to find content to connect [...]
I just wrote a lengthy reply on a kanbandev thread about Using Scrum to implement Kanban and vice versa and thought I would share it here, especially so I can tweet it directly and try to spark a discussion about it in Scrum Gathering Atlanta (where I’m currently at…)
Today I’m proud to host a guest post by another AgileSparks coach – Yael Rabinovitz. Yael has been working with several clients on Scrum implementations and has recently started using the Kanban Method (I wonder who gave her that crazy idea…) and is sharing her thoughts about the first steps into both approaches. Without [...]
3 years ago in Agile Israel 2009 I talked about ScrumBan. The slideshare presentation has been one of most popular ones, and remarkably enough it is the second hit on google when searching for ScrumBan. Go figure… Anyhow from time to time people ask me where they can go look up what Scrumban [...]
I recently wrote about finding the Minimum Viable Change and have been thinking about it some more, especially while working on my presentation for upcoming Scrum Gathering Atlanta and Lean Systems and Software Conference in Boston.
While trying to think what I’m going to say about Minimum Viable Change (MVC) I began [...]
I’m proud to be on the speaker roster for Scrum Gathering Atlanta this May. I will be talking about why I think Continuous Improvement is broken and share thoughts, tips and examples from the field of how to fix it:
Avoiding Stalled Improvement Programs – WHY Improvement is broken and HOW to make Continuous [...]
A perfect storm is brewing:
Jeff Anderson has been talking about the connection between Kanban and LeanStartup A discussion about Kanban Training Materials with Mike Burrows has nudged me to give more emphasis to the foundational principles and core practices. I’ve been pitching a lot of Lean Startup stuff myself to [...]
I’ll be running our first Accredited Kanban Training workshop on March 21-22 in Herzelyia, Israel. This is our highly-praised Kanban training which has been fine-tuned in the last months [...]
One of the approaches I’ve been using lately with clients is starting with whole system Kanban, focusing on Discovery and Delivery, and then potentially zoom into Team Agile in some/all streams as the organization understands the concepts of Flow, Stop Starting Start Finishing, Inspect and Adapt etc. It IS typically necessary to go to smaller [...]
Those involved in the Kanban world are aware of the growing demand for high-quality training and some standard that makes sense of what good Kanban training consists of and the need to feel you are “in good hands” when you’re taking it.
In the [...]
I’m incredibly proud to be nominated for the Lean-Kanban-University Brickell Key Award for 2012. I’m especially proud to be among such a wonderful and diverse cadre of Lean/Kanban practitioners and thought leaders, most of whom I consider friends.
I was nominated for my work pioneering Kanban in Israel and my global community influence.
I’m really [...]
This has been a fun experience, it took me some days of selecting, editing and figuring out the publication workflow, which is useful to help me understand [...]
I wanted to share an exercise I created in a workshop last week
One of the topics we wanted to explore was the responsibilities/activities of Product Owners and the Agile Team and how do they relate.
The objective of the exercise was to understand the various activities and how they map in the continuum between [...]
Seems like every January I get questions from HR leaders in organizations I’m working with that go something like this – “We are working on the yearly performance objectives process, and we were wondering whether it needs to change in an agile environment?”
The main evolution I see in the Performance management process is leaning [...]
These days more and more organizations think they are Agile
A couple of years ago when you talked to people about agile a common response “why should we”, “it won’t work here”, or “so this is the new fad? What will come next?”
Times have changed. And a sign of the fact that agile is [...]
I'm Yuval Yeret. I'm leading the Kanban practice at AgileSparks. This blog focuses on my experiences using Lean and Agile approaches to help organizations and people become more effective.
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