Lean Thinking Is..?

I’ve read many sources – via books, articles, blogs and Twitter – on what the essence of Lean & Lean Thinking is. I’m interested though in what you think. How would you succinctly complete either of the following phrases: “Lean...

Migrating from Scrum to Kanban on Stability & Maturity

Kanban is a much better process once the system has reached a steady state and the focus becomes process improvement, maturity and improved cycle times. Scrum is an outstanding process to adopt when you want a radical departure from the past or if you’re a start...

Kanban: Realising Benefits, A Week In

Over the last couple of years, Kanban has become an increasingly popular method for managing ongoing software development, particularly for small enhancements and fixes. It’s been particularly popular in the Scrum community, where it can be easily adopted as an...

Lean Manufacturing & Software

Lean Manufacturing & Software Is writing software more like manufacturing cookies or more like designing cookie cutters? It’s easy to wish that we could develop software like a factory stamps out cookies, but software has a design or creation element that is missing in that analogy. But...

Proactive Risk Management: The Obituary Exercise

Try this exercise with your team to identify, overcome and avoid potential project “gotchas”: Get the team to write a project obituary — ask them to imagine the project is nearly over and has failed, and their job for the next 45 minutes is...

Busy at the moment…

Busy at the moment… So this is why I’m a bit busy at the moment: 14 simultaneous projects to run, from relatively small 30d pieces up to 600d, multi-release beasts. And despite having an entirely constrained (and stretched) team size, stakeholders are still trying to shovel more...