• Using Blocker Clustering, Defect Clustering, and Prioritization for Process Improvement

    by Klaus Leopold & Troy Magennis on  Jun 08, 2015

    When work gets delayed (it’s blocked), it is of particular interest to look for ways to improve the smooth flow of work by resolving the causes of that delay. In the long term, finding ways to eliminate the root causes of these delays is a superior solution. This article discusses clustering blockers and provides ways to prioritize those blockers that have the most impact or are the quickest wins.

  • The Essence of Flow

    by Tomas Rybing on  Jun 05, 2015

    How do you get good flow? A common scenario in a software company is that too much is going on at once. We need a shift in mindset, to go from focus on resource efficiency to focus on flow efficiency. This article presents concrete examples on how to achieve flow by limiting WIP, reduce wait times and arrange cross-functional teams.

  • How a Flow Manager Helps Teams Deliver, Fast and Smoothly

    by Matt Philip on  Jun 03, 2015

    As agile software delivery practices and management evolve, so, too, do the roles. kanban has introduced the idea of managing flow, one of the method’s core practices. With talented developers, quality advocates and user-experience designers, teams know how to deliver valuable software. But as we improve service delivery using kanban, who manages flow?

Why We Fail to Change: Understanding Practices, Principles, and Values Is a Solution

Posted by Pawel Brodzinski on  Jun 01, 2015

There’s no reward for being a Scrum or kanban shop if we are not delivering value to customers. We need to change our mindset, and focus on the principles that people follow and values they share.

Dealing with Politics in Agile or Lean Teams

Posted by Ben Linders on  May 25, 2015

An interview with Katharine Kirk about how agile or lean can increase politics and how she combines ideas from agile and lean with eastern and tribal philosophy to deal with people issues that arise.

Impediment Busting: Designing an Impediment Removal Process for Your Organization

Posted by Ken Power on  Apr 15, 2015

Lean Product Development takes an end-to-end focus on the flow of work through a system. This article discusses what impedes the flow of work, and how we manage impediments to the flow of work.

Q&A on Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly

Posted by Ben Linders on  Mar 13, 2015

The book "Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly" provides a review of agile principles, techniques and tools. It explores the agile methods Extreme Programming, Lean Software, Scrum and Crystal. 4

Q&A with Andy Singleton on Unblock! A Guide to the New Continuous Agile

Posted by Ben Linders on  Mar 10, 2015

The book Unblock! A Guide to the New Continuous Agile by Andy Singleton provides ideas and practices for doing distributed cloud-based development with continuous delivery.

Can You Scale Kanban?

Posted by Ben Linders on  Feb 02, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Klaus Leopold about using kanban for managing programs, connecting kanban boards on team and program level, managing work in progress across a delivery cycle and benefits of kanban. 1

Using the Kanban Canvas for Driving Change

Posted by Ben Linders on  Jan 07, 2015

In an interview with InfoQ Karl Scotland explains the kanban canvas and explores how it can be used to create shared insights and decide upon the approach to intervene in organizations. 1

The Ubiquitous Need for Kanbanfor1

Posted by Sandy Mamoli on  Dec 28, 2014

In this article Sandy Mamoli shares the top 5 Kanbanfor1 related insights she has gained from using, coaching and presenting Kanbanfor1 during the last four years. 26

Lean Project Management Using “Oobeya"

Posted by Sandrine Olivencia on  Dec 23, 2014

This article introduces the Oobeya methodology, a lean project management approach that can complement agile by keeping project teams tightly focused on customer satisfaction, time to market and cost. 2

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