Category Archives: lean

Reflecting Reality

One of the things I often do as a coach is help people to set up their visual boards, whether physical or electronic. Sometimes that can be surprisingly hard for teams to do without a bit of guidance, so I … Continue reading

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LSSC 2012

A lot of times when I go to conferences, I’ve already got a slew of half-formed ideas and thoughts from the amazing communities with whom I hang out. The conferences have been fantastic for helping me refine and validate those … Continue reading

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Lean Software and Systems Conference, Atlanta

I’ve been invited to speak at the Lean Software and Systems Conference in Atlanta, April 21st to 23rd 2010. BDD, often described as “TDD done well”, is strongly aligned with Lean principles. It’s a pull-based approach to delivering software that … Continue reading

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Kanban thinking: hungry vs. peckish

I just read Michael Dubakov’s excellent post on Kanban psychology, and the shift in thinking from the habits we’re taught to a more rational behaviour. This post made me remember what it was like, being a developer who’s discouraged from … Continue reading

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Change, and keep changing

Sometimes people ask me, “When we’ve gone Agile… when we are fully Lean… what will it look like?” The only answer I can come up with is this: Things will be changing. You’ll be in a better place to respond … Continue reading

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A Coaching Kanban board

Chris McMahon mentioned my example of a coaching kanban board in the second of his series of posts against Kanban. That it comes across as simple and infantile in Chris’s example is my fault; I only really touched on the … Continue reading

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The Lean software production line

Andy, the release manager at my current client, asked, “How can I get the teams to follow a consistent process where readying the release for deployment is concerned? We have different version control systems, different build processes… how do I … Continue reading

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Pulling Power and Kanban experiences

My first ever article, “Pulling Power: a new Software Lifespan” is up on InfoQ. BDD, Feature Injection, Lean and Kanban playing nice together! Big thanks to Dan North, Chris Matts, David Anderson, Amr Elssamadisy and the amalgam of developers who … Continue reading

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Simon Baker has written a superb post, capturing the elusive nature of empowerment. He mentions “an environment that tolerates mistakes to cultivate learning”. For me, this is an essential part of innovation; of the Lean metaphor that suggests a Software … Continue reading

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