Category Archives: Kanban

Little’s Law and CFDs

How much information can a triangle give you? Well, if it’s on a CFD (‘Cumulative Flow Diagram’), then it appears to be quite a lot. After sitting in a presentation recently, someone came up to me to ask how changes in WIP, Cycle Time and Delivery Rate alter the shape of a CFD. Specifically, how the… Read More »

Agile on the Bench

Today, Emily Webber and I launched Agile on the Bench. Our idea was simple: people gather around a bench and listen to short talks on agile. In the spirit of Speaker’s Corner, we wanted to create a cheap, fun, and no-tech platform for people to share ideas, raise questions and propose (potentially contentious) ideas. Some… Read More »

STATIK

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 »

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 »