Kanban: Realising Benefits, A Week In

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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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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...

Shearing Layers: Multiple Methodologies in a Project

Shearing Layers: Multiple Methodologies in a Project
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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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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...

Lean Manufacturing & Software

Lean Manufacturing & Software
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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 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...

Improving Indian Productivity Tenfold – Why Not?

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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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It’s almost universally accepted as a truism that Indian technical workforces have a fraction of the productivity of European ones and with much lower quality. My own experience tells me that that’s not true – and certainly not universally so. But...

Agile -v- 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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It’s bothered me for a while now: why do Agile proponents regularly claim that what they are doing is Lean? It’s clearly not – the first item in the Agile Manifesto: we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools...
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