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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Tweet Going on a Rant
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 [...]
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 [...]
Some of the teams I work with choose to have electronic kanban boards. Why? see for example 5 Reasons Why Electronic Boards Are Better Than Physical Boards a good new blog post from the guys over at Silver Stripe Blog.
My main recommendation to those teams is to [...]
I was invited to speak in two Lean Kanban conferences taking place in Europe this fall.
I’m very excited about both those conferences. The speakers list is still not closed, but is very interesting on both of them, and it will also [...]
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’m so humbled by it and by the great cadre of nominees I’m considered with, don’t have much to say …
Just that I hope this will help increase visibility of what we are doing around Kanban [...]
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 [...]
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've been a bit quiet lately on the blog front (as well as twitter for those who are following)
I recently worked on some measures/metrics that help answer the question "How effective is our product management process, and how is it contributing/affecting the overall performance of our product development line"
Here are some slides from slideshare about the topic. I might write it up in a more [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The more experience I get with Kanban, and the more I talk about it with people, I see that one of the main challenges is maintaining some form of goal-driven cadence that energizes the team.
If every one of your Kanban Cards/Stories is an independent goal (e.g. a [...]
A Confession. While I'm a great fan of using SPC charts to explore specific cycle times and reduce variation / continuously improve a Kanban System (a great blog by benjamin mitchell), I'm only seeing preliminary results in the field with teams I'm coaching. The main reasons are lack [...]
Actually, the title is wrong. I think Slack is highly important during any change initiative where you expect continuous improvement of the process and practices. The importance of Slack is not new. Not in manufacturing, and not in the Software Engineering world. One of my favorite books is [...]
While talking to a Product Manager today, I was asked “How come we always end up without QA resources at the end of the version” and was reminded of this [...]
A question in a recent kanban workshop was how to deal with the fact that some work has different workflow than others
Features need to go to testing after implementation
Escalation cases without patches need to go to support for returning to the customer [...]
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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