I heard Mike Burrows talk about STATIK at the Kanban Leadership Retreat in June. STATIK is an acronym for Systems Thinking Approach To Introducing Kanban, a good title for the process of bringing the following steps into play: Understand sources of dissatisfaction Analyze demand and capability Model the knowledge discovery process Discover classes of service… Read More »

The Cobra Effect

I have worked in lots of organisations where ‘management’ has tried to measure and monitor development teams with the aim of seeing how the teams are performing and then using that information to drive through improvements in performance. This desire to measure and control things can often have some unintended consequences. In the best-case scenario,… Read More »

Testing is an activity, not a role

In traditional software development environments, testing may have been something that was outsourced. One group of people wrote the code and handed it off to a different team for testing. More recently, as the Principles of Agile were created and the Scrum framework in particular was popularised, cross functional teams have become the norm. The… Read More »

Fitness for Purpose

Is your business fit for purpose? What does that actually mean? And how does it relate to what we do? It’s a topic that is regularly referred to in groups that deal with change. It’s a particular favourite of David J. Anderson’s, who I’ve heard mention it a number of times. The Macmillan dictionary says,… Read More »

G.R.O.W as a Coach

In my last post, Coaching v Mentoring, I talked about how, in my opinion, a Coach is someone who helps people “identify and achieve their goals” and that a coach should do this through questioning rather than “the coach influencing or giving their own opinion on the subject”. Surely, this is easier said than done?… Read More »

Working Left to Right

In western societies we read from left to right. We are conditioned to look to the top left first. During a recent stand up, a team member pointed out that our kanban board asks us to do almost the opposite. Our work is pulled from left to right. Those work items that are closest to being live are naturally… Read More »

Life and Death Kanban

Imagine working in a hospital and accidentally injecting someone with the wrong thing (a toxic antiseptic instead of a harmless dye). Over the next three weeks, as a result of your mistake, they slowly die. This was the fate of a “much loved mother-of-four”, Mary McClinton, in a Seattle hospital in 2004 when the two… Read More »