Most of the advice out there I read on the Kanban method tells you to limit work-in-progress. It seems simple, but in practice, it can be hard to achieve. In this article, I’m going to help you understand how to succeed with limiting work-in-progress and answer the critical question, “How do I determine what WIP limit to use”? What Are Work-In-Progress Limits Stop Starting, Start Finishing Limiting work-in-progress is about starting… Read More »5 Easy Steps to Limit Work In Progress and Accelerate Delivery
Does Your Team Look Like This? They identify as a team, yet team members tend to work separately. If asked, they say they value collaboration but don’t appear to be behaving that way in practice. They focus on getting things done and are quick to blame each other when a team member’s work is running behind. Leaders manage individuals. They depend on and need heroes to take on certain types… Read More »8 Steps to Increase Productivity and Reduce Overburdening of Your Team
This article is also featured on LinkedIn by Kyle Chandler Productivity is all about flow. What is flow? I like Mike Burrow’s definition from his book Right to Left. Flow is about delivering maximum value to the customer with minimum delay, interruption, or rework. Flow is about delivering maximum value to the customer with minimum delay, interruption, or rework. When driving your car from point A to B, where are you… Read More »6 Simple Steps to Determine Team Productivity
This article is also featured on LinkedIn by Kyle Chandler You’ve known for a while now that something has to change. You’re losing customers, and you need to get business back on track. You have been planning a transformation for six months, and it will be a massive undertaking. You slump back on your chair and put your hands on the back of your head. You let out a sigh. Today… Read More »Revolutionary change? What is it? Why is it risky?
This article is also featured on LinkedIn by Kyle Chandler Your software company is forever trying to be first-to-market with new features that customers love. It is survival of the fittest. It’s the ultimate race. If your teams take longer to deliver than your competition, competing products pull ahead, and business is lost. Customer expectations are high – and loyalty to businesses is a thing of the past. Customers will… Read More »The Unbelievable Enemy of Speed
This article is also featured on LinkedIn by Kyle Chandler In my last article, I pointed out what Kanban is. I gave insight into the steps you can use to implement the management method. It left leaders asking, “Where should I implement Kanban?.” “Across all of my teams?.” “Within each team?” “Where will I get the most business benefit?” These are great questions that we’ll answer in this article. We’ll use… Read More »Want to optimize delivery effectiveness with Kanban? Which of your teams should you start with?
This article is also featured on LinkedIn by Kyle Chandler Your team is in the middle of delivering a time-sensitive feature. You are worried… Are we going to make the deadline this time? Will we have to resort to overtime again? How sure are we that quality is okay? Will customers complain again? How large will the new pile of issues be that we’ll have to fix? Will customers stick… Read More »Struggling to Deliver: The delicate balance between demand and capability
The ULTIMATE Guide for Getting Started with Kanban Everything You Need To Know Before You Start Visualizing Your Work What is this guide about? This guide will help you get a deeper understanding of what the Kanban Method is and what it can do for you. It will help you understand Kyle’s recommended approach for getting started. Many companies achieve BIG RESULTS using the Kanban Method, and in this guide,… Read More »The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started with Kanban
COVID-19 has forced companies and teams to work from home. This can be highly impacting to team performance. Learn the early signals and ideas that can help.
In Part 1 of this series we explained why you shouldn’t apply agile frameworks and industry best practices blindly in your organization. There are serious downsides to prescribing agile practices It is because they generally come with what, why, and how but the how doesn’t always work in your company’s or team’s context. When the standard approach jams up against your current way of working it actually reduces productivity, and increases… Read More »How to use culture change to build sustainable agility