The Agile Lowest Common Denominator – Avoiding a slowdown due to the weakest link

By |2011-02-16T11:00:35-05:00February 16, 2011|Agile, Blog, kanban, Management|

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 actually does realistic planning will commit to a goal that stretches the bottleneck leaving other resources some serious slack. In both approaches this is indeed a valid concern. The worst thing that can [...]

Why I think slack is highly important during an Agile/Kanban transition

By |2010-09-15T23:12:01-04:00September 15, 2010|Agile, kanban|

(Note, this post is about slack the concept not Slack the collaboration platform. Though Slack the platform is great as well. We use it at AgileSparks and love it, although it eats up some of our slack time...) 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. [...]

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