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Resist jumping into delivery

[fa icon="calendar'] 2018-05-15 12:11 / by Nader Talai

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Resist jumping into delivery, before understanding the problem 

The presenting problem is rarely the real problem. We are conditioned to have solutions even when we don't understand the problem and the higher up in the organisation we go the more we feel the pressure to come up with solutions. It is expected of us to have the solution and we are hesitant to say I don't know what the solution is I need to go and study the system and find out what the underlying problem is and then experiment to find a solution for our context. Instead with come up with a solution based on what has worked before which may or may not work. Once we commit to solution because we have now invested political and emotional capital in it we pursue it even when it is the wrong solution. One way to guard against our biases blinding us is to set out to invalidate our assumptions about the solution.

It is okay to say I don't know, I am going to find out.

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Scaled Agile Framework®, Innovation and Planning Iteration

[fa icon="calendar'] 2018-05-14 09:10 / by Nader Talai posted in Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe, Innovation and Plannning

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Why leaders need to learn the Kanban Method?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2018-04-25 12:19 / by Nader Talai posted in Predictability, learning organisation, faster organisation, lean kanban

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The Kanban Method or Kanban for short, provides a lens through which leaders can ensure that the organisation is working on the most important work and know what to improve that leads to improved value flow across the value stream.

This is why leaders need to learn the kanban method, Kanban Method enables you to answer the following questions and gain the insight you need to make better decisions.

Kanban is not about boards and post-its on a wall, Kanban Method allows you to answer the following questions:

  • How are we serving the customer?
  • Are we working on the most important work item?
  • Where should we focus the improvements to improve our organisational value flow?
  • Do we know when we can deliver a given type of work?
  • Do we know how many you can deliver?
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Scaled Agile Framework®, Program Board

[fa icon="calendar'] 2018-04-17 09:58 / by Nader Talai

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Scaled Agile Framework®, Program Increment (PI) Planning, is one of the key events within SAFe®. The purpose is to provide a shared understanding of the business context, and the delivery capability, and:

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Do you know your system capability?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2018-04-04 13:00 / by Nader Talai posted in Certified Kanban Training, business agility, lean kanban

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"Medicine had been 'successfully’ practised without the knowledge of germs. In a pre-germ theory paradigm, some patients got better, some got worse and some stayed the same; in each case, some rationale could be used to explain the outcome …” (1) (2)

Doctors practised what was taught

Doctors explained what they observed through practice using models that they learnt: Bad air, Contact, Generated by the body.

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Five steps to improve your system of work

[fa icon="calendar'] 2018-03-22 12:30 / by Nader Talai posted in faster organisation, business agility, lean kanban

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Follow these five steps to improve your system of work 

1 Understand the end to end system of the value flow to the customer

    • Study how the flow of work and visualise your work and map the flow
    • Run the map, watch work items flow through the map
    • Limit the number of tokens

2 Understand the system capabilities

    • Types of work
    • System lead time for fulfilling each type of work
    • Arrival rate for each type of work
    • Departure rate for each type of work
    • Failure demand for each type of work, demand caused by failure to do something or to do something right for the customer – John Seddon

3 Understand your system variability

    • For each type of work, measure
    • Common cause variation, act on the system to change the common cause variation
    • Assignable cause variation, act on the cause to remove assignable cause variation

4 Measure the flow efficiency for each type of work

    • Measure the flow of each major knowledge discovery step

5 Purposeful change

    • understand the root causes of the failure demand and tackle them
    • Use the arrival, departure rate and the flow efficiency to target your improvement efforts and achieve better results for your investment
    • Evolve your system of work and improve your system of work

 

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The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) at a glance

[fa icon="calendar'] 2018-03-15 12:30 / by Nader Talai posted in Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe

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Developed by Dean Leffingwell, the Scaled Agile Framework is a structured and prescriptive framework that helps organisations on their agility journey.

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Are your actions coherent with your strategy?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2018-03-06 13:00 / by Nader Talai posted in business agility

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Become a Kanban Management Professional in May 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] 2018-02-20 11:03 / by Agnes Sellgren posted in kanban, lean kanban

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Our Kanban Management Professional course is coming up this May between the 14th-17th of May. Nader Talai will take you through Systems Thinking Approach to Implementing Kanban Lean-Kanban, Approach to Change Management and much more. 

 See the full course description here.

This course is relevant to everyone involved in services delivery and management. Such as: 

  • Managers
  • Delivery Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Product Designers
  • Software Product Developers
  • Delivery team members (Test specialist, Business Analysts, Administrators)

Sign Me Up!

 

Some of our old attendees left some comments about the previous courses, you can see them here below.

 

 

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Portfolio Kanban: When It’s Time to Scale Up

[fa icon="calendar'] 2018-02-07 14:08 / by Agnes Sellgren posted in kanban, Growing Agility, podcast

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"Let me introduce you to Portfolio Kanban."

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Alignment

[fa icon="calendar'] 2017-12-19 10:18 / by Nader Talai posted in Scaled Agile Framework, faster organisation, business agility, beyond budgeting

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We talk a lot about self-organisation, autonomy and empowerment. While this is a good start it is not sufficient to achieve the organisational goals and deliver the agility that the organisation is after.

Agile teams will learn and improve how they deliver their work through increasing the number of feedback loops, shortening the time to feedback, transparency of how they work and what they work on built on frequent inspection and adaptation.

Photo by Ethan Sykes on Unsplash

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