Category Archives: Lean

The Book Shelf: Lean Software Development An Agile Toolkit At about 180 pages or so, it is a quick read. I have heard lots of talk about Lean, Kanban, etc. and thought it was time to sit down and read Mary and Tom Poppendieck’s 2003 book on the … Continue reading 

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London Workshop, December 1-2

UPDATE: The workshop is scheduled for December 2-3. A little housekeeping. I’m doing a two-day workshop I’m doing in London in December (1-2). I’ll share the experiences and tools I’ve developed as a team lead over the last decade … Continue reading 

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Kanban Features in VersionOne

We added basic Kanban features (board, cycle time, cummulative flow diagrams) into our product VersionOne. These goodies are in the latest release which is available today. Steve Harman and I cut a video demonstrating the functionality on a 47″ multi-touch … Continue reading 

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Announcing the Lean Kanban Conference

I’ve been working with David Anderson and crew to produce the Lean Kanban Conference in Miami, February 18th-20th. There are a number of great speakers and some folks that have been practicing Kanban and flexing Agile methodologies with Lean thinking … Continue reading 

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Benefits of Root Cause Analysis

Root cause analysis (RCA) is a methodology used to solve problems at their root, rather than just fixing the obvious.  RCA is often equated to a kaizen improvement process, and rightly so, as it often digs into possible organizational change, … Continue reading 

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The purpose of value stream maps are not the value stream maps

Value stream mapping is an activity that stems from lean methodologies used to capture and report on processes from beginning to end.  Once the value map stream is complete, you have a visual representation of the process and its activities … Continue reading 

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The Value of Lean and Kanban

Mark Levison wrote up and introductory article on Kanban for InfoQ. It’s from a people perspective and worth a read if your new to this scene or interested. I’m especially happy he conveyed the “work to done” concept. For me … Continue reading 

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Done For Real

I had the good fortune to sit in on a day long session with Dave Hussman (who is awesome, by the way) on the topic Agile coaching as a lead in to the Atlanta APLN meeting. It was chock full … Continue reading 

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Identifing Waste, the Lean Way

As mentioned in a previous blog post, waste elimination is usually the most obvious and least resistant way to improve value and flow in a product.  So I’m just going to jump right into some of the waste factors that … Continue reading 


An entry into lean

I, like many others, have been head deep into lean methodologies such as kaizen, kanban, 5S, value streams and lean in general.  As I continue to learn and practice these things, I’m going to start publishing, much like Laribee is with … Continue reading