Table Tennis Ball Game – a Lesson in Improvement

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Teaching the Continuous Improvement habit via games: a video from a recent Lean workshop. Based on Boris Glogner’s Scrum Ball Point Game. We played 6 rounds of 1 minute, with (a bit more than) 1 minute’s improvement Hansei in between. By the end, the team...

How Much Value Adding Time do you Spend?

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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When you’re measuring the overall success of your Lean programme, surely a major indicator that you’re on the right track has to be the proportion of time the team spends on the activities that actually create Value, and how it changes over time. Virginia...

(Some) Agilistas: Still Not Yet Lean Thinkers

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Every so often I get myself to a place where I start accepting Agile as a sensible, sound way of doing things, as an effective industry-specific implementation/reinvention of a number of Lean principles, reaching towards one piece flow and pull systems, and coming up...

The Thing I Love About Kanban

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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…is its simplicity. At its heart, it’s only 5 simple rules: Visualise the work Map the process (ideally end to end) Limit WiP Empower the team to self-manage Keep improving And you get feedback really quickly and in a way that forces you to do something...

Katas in Code and Coaching

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Kata (Japanese for form or pattern) are an exercise where the novice repeatedly tries to emulate a master. Kata and other artificial exercises form a large part of the work done by a karate novice. They practice for hour after hour. Once you get some way into your...

The Evolution of Lean

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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A Mike Rother presentation via slideshare.net If there were a CMMI-like maturity model for Lean, understanding it as “The Elimination of Waste” and all the tool-focused, Kaizen-Blitz-workshop activities would be Level 1. We need to do so much better at the...
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