Avoiding Failures with Kanban Initiatives

There are two recognized types of failures with Kanban initiatives: a failure to install, Kanban aborted before it gets started; and a failure to improve after an initial shallow Kanban adoption. Both of these failures are avoidable and both are reasons why the Kanban...

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What We Know About Duration: Comparison

This is part 3 in my series dissolving our fascination with prioritization using Cost of Delay and related queuing theory equations such as WSJF (Weighted Shortest Job First) or derivatives thereof such as CD3 (Cost of Delay divided by Duration). I truly believe we all need to be protected from this latest cult. I don’t think it is serving the Lean or Kanban movements well – people simply can’t generate reliable numbers for these prioritization equations and even if they could the underlying mathematics isn’t sound. It’s going to take me 6 parts to fully deconstruct the futility and uselessness of these methods. This is part 3, the final part examining the denominator in such equations, the duration …

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What We Know About Duration: Workflows

This is the second in my series of posts about Cost of Delay. This post looks at what we know and understand about duration (lead time). To catch up, you can read the first in the series, What We Know About Duration: Individual Activities. Aside: Recently I attended...

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Agile Fluency & Organizational Maturity

I was requested by a client to provide a mapping of my organizational maturity model and patterns of Kanban maturity, to Jim Shore & Diana Larsen's Agile Fluency model which has been boosted by the support of Martin Fowler. The clients' request was based out of...

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