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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Tweet 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Tweet The Kanban for Simple problems Myth
Depending on who you listen to, you might get the idea that a Kanban system might be great for simple problems, or even complicated ones, but when the going gets tough and a complex problem needs to be solved, you need something [...]
Energizing a kanban system has been an area I’ve been thinking of lately ( see my lkbe11 talk). One of the key areas of focus is how to expedite handling of exceptions to flow. What are those exceptions? Blocked items as well as “struggling” items that are [...]
Tweet What is Rightshifting? When I looked at the program for Lean Kanban Benelux 2011 I found a couple of sessions talking about something I wasn’t familiar with – RightShifting. Since I had to speak at the same time, I [...]
I recently had the opportunity to talk with a couple of HR managers who were interested in how agile can help the HR department become more effective. This was a context where the product development is well into their agile journey, and we are talking about a [...]
Tweet To Team or not to Team?
If you look at the definition of Kanban or Lean, you wouldn’t find teams anywhere there.
If you look at the Agile Manifesto, you can find “The best architectures, requirements, and designs
emerge from self-organizing teams”
Scrum is quite [...]
Here is my talk, together with a great visualization provided by the conference organizers.
My main points were:
Classes of service do apply when developing products. Classes of service don’t cover cases when you need to give different Treatment to different kinds of work, so I introduce Classes of [...]
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If there’s one thing that makes me mad whenever I see it is teams abusing the commitment concept in scrum. I’ve been on a rampage against dysfunctional sprint commitments for a while now, but lately my thoughts have crystalized a bit, especially when I [...]
I recently had a short twitter chat with Catherine Swetel and Steven Holt about the relation between TOC Critical Chain and Kanban. This post will try to sum up my thoughts in a way that is a little bit more persistent, as well as add [...]
Here are my slides from my talk today, in prezi form. Some concepts I talk about are
Classes of Treatment – not everything deserves the same kind of treatment… Kanban principles scales cleanly from team to portfolio Informing Team/Org Structure from Kanban thinking Context-specific explicit policies more important [...]
I’m currently at LKBE11 enjoying the great lineup of speakers and great atmosphere.
As for my part, I’m 50% done…
Below is my Prezi for Commitments and Energies in a Kanban/Pull system.
I’ll share tomorrow’s prezi tomorrow once I finish some last responsible moment tweaks based [...]
If you didn’t have the chance to see me talk at LSSC11, you can check out the video over at the LimitedWipSociety WIKI.
More videos are available to LSSC members – anyone interested in Lean/Kanban/Systems Thinking should seriously consider [...]
Some of us have the luxury of designing processes for greenfield systems meaning there is no history/legacy to deal with.
Typically though, we are dealing with Brownfield/Legacy systems – This usually means there is some work in the system already, there are outstanding commitments, and some existing queues [...]
Keynotes – The Keynote by Chet Richards was AMAZING. He is a great speaker, and his content was just right for opening the LSSC conference. He had tough competition with David Snowden talking about Complexity, so instead of chosing the best keynote, I’m mainly glad we [...]
I’ve been asked to deliver a pre-LSSC11 webinar on the topic of Lean Product Development flow. I’m going to introduce an approach to mixing Lean and Agile in order to achieve end to end agility. This is a major focus of my work in the recent 2 years [...]
I was recently interviewed by Joe Dagger from the Business901 blog/podcast. His list of interviewees is impressive, it’s an honor to appear there.
Anyhow, the podcast went live today at Yeret on Agile and Kanban :: Business901.
One of the concerns often raised when people hear about kanban is that the weakest/slowest link will slow down the whole chain.
For example if testing is a bottleneck what will happen is that the whole chain will accommodate its pace.
Similarly in scrum a team that [...]
What can you expect? Well, you might want to go check out the syllabus
So far we’ve been getting rave reviews for the workshop. It seems [...]
At Agilesparks we’ve recently been using the Kanban Board Game developed by Russell Heally (@getkanban) quite extensively. We use it as part of Kanban courses, sessions for Scrum teams that want to learn about Kanban, Kanban teams that are already working and want to [...]
Last week I ran another round of our Kanban for Managers workshop.
So far, I'm excited about the feedback I read and hear. I think Kanban is making sense to people, and any role we as consultants can play in this is great.
Several people want to present [...]
I want to share a solution I came up with together with a team of performance / non-functional testing, working in a product group in a large enterprise. This solution deals with the challenge of bridging the principles of "Those who build the system test it", [...]
I recently have been working on an agile testing training. Why is it relevant here? Because one of the modules I'm most fond of (not surprisingly) introduces kanban and CFD as a way to deal with some common problems that occur around testing once you start to work [...]
Our coaching team at agilesparks runs into this question a lot.
Many of the teams we are working with are familiar with Scrum and using it. Other teams are just now going into Scrum. Since kanban is becoming a hot buzzword, we often get asked [...]
An interesting question was raised to one of our coaches at Agilesparks.
Question: Isn't it more efficient to wait till the end of the release and then all together handle all the bugs?
One of us answered that same like you probably prefer to answer emails throughout the [...]
One of the key questions project managers and senior management in general ask themselves and their teams on an ongoing basis is - "Are we on track to deliver the scope we committed to, on time". In some environments "on budget" is added to the question.
If you are talking [...]
A lot of our clients at AgileSparks ask us how to measure their effectiveness. Some of them are already using Agile styles of product development, others are not yet there, and another important variant is the Enterprise with mixed ways of doing things, that wants to get more [...]
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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