Category Archives: Systems

The Goal becomes graphic

What’s your favourite business-focused book? Someone asked me this the other day. Although I considered Dan Pink’s Drive, Cialdini’s Influence, Duckworth’s Grit, Hubbard’s How to Measure Anything and a raft of others, it had to be Goldratt’s The Goal. Now it’s in graphic form!   The book, first published in 1984, was not just the best explanation of the… Read More »

Spring clean

I love this time of year as Spring brings such a sense of promise: more daylight, warmer weather, a new Baseball season, a few Bank Holiday weekends, and the ‘Spring clean’. This annual ritual of cleaning the house dates back more than 3,000 years and has a multitude of benefits, including reducing stress, increasing energy,… Read More »

Portfolio Kanban and Prioritising with Cost of Delay

Portfolio Kanban is exactly what it sounds like – applying the Kanban Method to manage work at portfolio level. Essentially, creating a system to manage options: epics, projects or any work at a level where it hasn’t been decomposed by a delivery team for implementation. There isn’t a huge amount of reference material out there specifically… Read More »

Baseball stats?

Batting average, runs, home runs, runs batted in, stolen bases, on-base slugging, earned run average, strikeouts, etc, etc. There are literally hundreds of statistics that surround baseball. Everything is measured. Keeping such records dates back to the 19th Century, but has stepped up a gear since the development of Sabermetrics from the 1960s, and made… Read More »

Talk the Board: Sky

In our new series, we ask people to talk us through how they visualise their work flow. First off the bat is Sky’s Mattia Battiston.   Our Context We are a stable team of 5-6 developers, 2 testers, 1 business analyst, 1 team leader. We look after a family of applications to cover a whole… Read More »

My Solicitor – The Un-trusted Knowledge Worker

Trust is a much overlooked commodity in knowledge working environments. Moving away from traditional working methods to something more Agile isn’t enough on its own to fix this problem; it takes effort from managers and teams to build a trusting relationship. I recently went through the process of re-mortgaging, something that thousands of people do… Read More »