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Scrum Sprint Commitment Rant

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 had a chance to discuss this with …

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Patterns for getting to a lower WIP level in a system – The Freeze, No New Work, Limit Later, and some Mashups…

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 between steps in our processes. I’m working …

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Speaking in Lean Kanban Conferences in Europe Oct 2011

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 be an opportunity to hear case studies from the local region and meet …

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LSSC11 – My impressions/takeaways

Impressions 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 could enjoy both. Snowden’s keynote was tougher to digest, …

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Reasons to come early to conferences, or at least to LSSC Lean Software and Systems Conferences

Its early wednesday, I’m at Long Beach for LSSC11 – the main US conference for the Lean Software Systems Consortium also at¬†LimitedWIPSociety.org – the community practicing and leading Lean and Kanban in software development. The main conference starts this morning and my talk is this afternoon, but so much has happened already, I’m really glad …

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