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Productivity Is Killing Us



Adam Yuret discusses how a focus on resource efficiency impedes flow while creating mountains of failure demand and fracturing an organization into competing silos.


Adam Yuret is a "celebrated international speaker" (he presented in Canada at SDEC12 and some people actually clapped!) who's been featured multiple times on InfoQ and invited to speak at several conferences since 2010 including San Francisco Agile 2012, Conference for the Association of Software Testing 2010, LeanUXNYC 2014, Agile 2014 and numerous local events in the Seattle Area.

About the conference

SDEC is an annual conference hosted by Protegra that attracts leading agile practitioners from around North America to share their real-world experiences gained through delivering technology-related solutions.

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Jun 04, 2015

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  • Failure Demand

    by Dan Greening,

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    I had a funny conversation with a CMO recently, where he said that he had taught his team that experiments were good, but everyone should assume that they would fail, and the whole point was to learn as much as possible from it. So that's a different kind of failure demand. "I demand that you FAIL." He didn't think he was agile, but after the conversation I concluded he was. It was a nice way to compensate for everyone's propensity to want to succeed, even when the point is learning (like your crazy almost-drowned boating picture).

    Love your references to Stephen Bungay, Don Reinertsen and Troy Magennis, who I also value.

    The notion of 80% availability seems very important for managers. Unfortunately, most managers are available less than 20% of the time, and some more like 5% of the time. This leads to serious strategic failures in organizations, like to the point that organizations make no strategic advances at all. Nice quote.

    Thanks for this presentation.

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