Zipper merges drive me insane. The highway has a sudden bottleneck – one minute you’re driving with several lanes open, and suddenly six lanes collapse into four or two. And while some people politely wait their turn to merge, aggressive drivers pass everyone up and zip into the merge lane at the last minute. (It’s infuriating, but actually, that’s also totally correct.) The result is often road rage, loud horns,… Read More »I Hate Zipper Merges!
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 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