Category Archives: Lean

Agile Lean Metrics – How Big Should Your Experiment Be?

Agile 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee has officially wrapped up.  The atmosphere was lively and informative, with all the great vendors and speakers making this a great show.  If you missed this year’s conference, make sure you start planning today for … Continue reading

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The Currency of Trust

Maybe it is one of the trade-offs you make in working for Big Corporate, but I find the (continuing) erosion of trust and empowerment in the corporate workplace troubling. From being told how to do their jobs via rigid/crippling processes … Continue reading

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Re-Imagining the Agile Manifesto

Another Agile conference has come and gone, and as usual, there was plenty to learn in Nashville this year (besides packing walking shoes for the Gaylord). The biggest piece I took away from last week might be how we view … Continue reading

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Reject the Tyranny of Metrics

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one team to dissolve the bondage to metrics and stretch goals, and to begin to develop software at a sustainable pace, a decent respect to the opinions of their coworkers  … Continue reading

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If Your Title Rhymes with “leaf”, “erector”, or “resident” – You Should Learn About Agile and Lean

If you are reading this blog, then you are either part of an Agile transformation or you are someone considering an agile transformation. If you are someone that works in a management or simply a position of authority at your … Continue reading

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5S Applied to Agile Software Development

You didn’t stumble across a manufacturing blog don’t click the back button! Like Lean Software Development and Kanban, 5S was born in Japan as part of the just in time system (JIT). 5S was and still a widely used practice … Continue reading

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4 Great Articles About Agile Even Though They Aren’t

1. Operational Excellence, Meet Customer Intimacy Brad Power writes a great piece weaving Lean concepts in and out of Michael Treacy’s Value Disciplines. He profiles Tesco’s successes in making these two concepts work together. If you don’t think Agile is headed to … Continue reading

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Agile Construction Management

While at a recent Project Management Institute (PMI) event, the question came up of whether you could use agile techniques in Construction Project Management (after all, not all PMI members are IT Project Managers). Earlier in my career I worked … Continue reading

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