Failing Pull Systems, Gateway to Working Pull Systems and Single Piece Flow

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
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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I refound this Mike Rother quote today from where I’d cited it a couple of years ago. Anytime you start up a pull system, it will crash and burn within a short time. There will be glowing and charred pieces, so to speak. But it is precisely these charred and...

Frequent Repetition: The Key to Learning Improvement

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
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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Lean Improvement is a complex skill, requiring new instincts and new behaviours. Effectively learning how to do it takes regular frequent exercise. Walking is a remarkably tough thing to do. Think about it — you’re essentially pushing yourself off balance and...

Anger is Inevitable in Improvement: Work With It

Anger is Inevitable in Improvement: Work With It
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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
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 we’re working through improvement cycles, we’re exposing ourselves to all the pain of the current state, and it’s easy to get stuck there, in a tar-pit of negativity, anger and pain. Handled — and more significantly, timed — right though, and...

More Kanban Data

More Kanban Data
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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
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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Here are 2 datasets, from different clients in the public sector, showing again how Kanban reduces lead time and perhaps more significantly, stabilises it, enabling more reliable promises to be made to customers. This first dataset I showed at lascot12, and is for a...

Now *That’s* How to Make Problemsolving Ubiquitous

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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
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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John Shook’s experience shows just how important problemsolving is at Toyota — it comes before any other job skill for the graduate intake. When I joined Toyota in Toyota City (where for a time I was the only American) in late 1983, every newly hired...

Shearing Layers: Multiple Methodologies in a Project

Shearing Layers: Multiple Methodologies in a Project
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EMEA Director, Digital Advisory & Consulting Services at HCL Enterprise Studio
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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Almost 10 years ago now, I was the lead analyst on a project for a large branded consumer products manufacturer, putting in place a number of websites for various brands and portfolios. We were building the sites in Vignette, and the dev lead was fixated on the number...