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Stop Starting, Start Finishing!

Stop Starting, Start Finishing!

Day 187. Yup... stop pulling in work... and start finishing whatever work you have inflight or in process. Lower that ‘Work In Process (WIP)’ of yours and your team to lower your lead time (lead time — time for you to complete a unit of work to delivery — is the same time — the ‘wait time’ — to a customer)... the lower your lead time is, the shorter the queue length of waiting customers. Think of ‘Starbucks’. Continue reading
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When does a Roadmap Become a Queue? Part II

When does a Roadmap Become a Queue? Part II

Answer: It becomes a queue when work is committed to a series of program increments! Let's say that you've committed a set of work to a one-year roadmap consisting of 4 program increments. What happens next is a queue of features ... the first feature in line -- after the last committed work -- will have to wait for, using this example, 1 year for its turn! It is wise, therefore, to avoid making your roadmap a queue by committing to one program increment at a time... make the rest a forecast. Plan to re-plan! Take advantage of the power…
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When does a Roadmap Become a Queue?

When does a Roadmap Become a Queue?

Good question: When does a roadmap become a queue? Backdrop: prioritized minimum marketable features (MMF) get pulled into Continuous Integration to Program Increment (PI) Planning. However, a PI can only hold so many features ... therefore, the unaccommodated features will have to be laid out over a series of succeeding PIs ... over a roadmap... A Sample Roadmapwhich can easily becomes a queue... which is not an ideal situation. Hence the good question: When does a roadmap become a queue? To be continued ...
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Don’t Let Your Work Be a Queue from Hell!  Go Small !!!

Don’t Let Your Work Be a Queue from Hell! Go Small !!!

Have you ever found yourself in a long queue? Long checkout line at the grocery store... long queue to the bank teller... long queue to the Ticketmaster booth... just recently, first day of school this Monday, I have experienced a long queue !!! Here is another visual: have you ever flushed a toilet that was draining slowly ...that the flushed water rushes in and then backs up and eventually overflows (yuck!)? The rate of draining is slower than the rate of water rushing in...as a result, forming a "queue" of water (and waste) backing out to a point that it…
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