Archive for the ‘Lean’ Category

@kjscotland talk #agileday

September 19, 2013

Does the system have potential for the future.
Heuristics is focus of talk

Point is to get organizations to learn.

Dave Snowden

20130919-113947.jpg — rules is rules

Also Daniel Kahneman Thinking Fast and Slow

Roger Martin book: the knowledge funnel

Situations change so have to revisit the Algorithm.

The Black Swan logic.



Getting to shared understanding using ways to visualize work.

Definition of Done or Ready — are policies, makes constraints.

No constraints are chaos. People may have own set of policies, but no shared understanding. Want some constraints, but loose constraints.

Employee satisfaction if low you will not achieve potential because of high turn over.

Consciously explore the potential of a system. Amplify things we want to do more of. (retrospective).

Kanban as looking as limiting work in progress extended to the level of continuous improvement.


@mpoppendieck Notes from #agiledaynyc2013

September 19, 2013

Energized Workers: gap how to energize workers?
Reviewed Carol Dweck’s book on fixed vs flexible mindset

In martial arts, not competing, is about trying to get to next level

Who will be energized? Those who think working hard will get us to next level.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi FLOW book

– deeply engaged
– distractions disappear
– time evaporates

Question (mine): might this be meditative absorption and risk of losing awareness?

Thinking fast and slow. Deliberate. When you are expert might respond automatically.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow

We use our system 2 mind to check up on System 1 mind.

[Makes me think of 70s study on Samaritan behavior when in a rush].

Practice in system 2 mind so you can behave in system 1 mind when an emergency cones along.

Moore’s Law: intel co-founder and number of transistors doubling every two years

Talking about Heroes using Agile tricks at Intel. And running out of tricks!

Four Steps to Great Product Teams
Lessons from the Chilean Mine Rescue in Harvard Business Review

– appropriate constraints
– capable, competent team
– rapid learning, many quick experiments, multiple options in parallel

Live Notes and A-ha’s from #agiledaynyc

September 19, 2013

“Stop Communicating; Start Connecting” is today’s theme.

Achim Nowak Keynote: the importance of energy connections and fact of connection to physical body. Avignon ports open in the firewall.
Mary Poppendieck: develop your awareness mind so autonomic mind takes over with expertise when has to move fast. By the same token, if one wants to behave in kindness must PRACTICE.
Karl Scotland: No constraints are chaos. People may have own set of policies, but no shared understanding. Want some constraints, but loose constraints.

The Missing Agile Principle @agileuxnyc @giffconstable

February 25, 2012

He is finding lots who talk about doing; less doing. (reminds me of dinner conversation with Jeff Patton).

In manifesto what is “value?”. Look at VC definition–might be end customer.

Know what KPIs are.

Conversation is shifted from knowing it is done to knowing it is good.

Eric Ries mentioned for validated.

UX should be the stewards of value. UX community is not talking about value. Path! Need to ground things in value.

WordPress for iPad crash again. ;(

Focus on results. And communicate in results, metrics and progress. That gives you credibility in the organization.

1 think like an owner, even in big company
2 think holistically
3 no us vs them
4 involve early and be transparency – see Pixar documentary. No egos slain. Makes people not want to show work in progress
5 people want to work on something meaningful
6 build culture of hypothesis not egos not hippo
7 mentor and get mentored across company lines (Tobias Mayer coaching complaint addressed)
8 be scrappy, don’t ask for permission, be persistent, broadcast win

Don’t fear measurement. Own results. Yes, metrics are muddy.

Ground yourself in progress.

Ultimately work is meaningless unless we provide value.