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Workshop by @DReinertsen in october in Paris, France – rebate code here

July 7th, 2013 Posted in Lean Tags: , , , , ,

Don Reinertsen will facilitate a workshop in Paris, France on October 1st and 2nd on The Principles of Product Development Flow (see his corresponding book on Amazon).

When one wants to apply Lean principles outside manufacturing (Lean Office, Lean IT or Lean Product Development), the work of Don is of great value. He’s explaining the science behind waiting queues, variability, feedbacks and centralized control.  This allows to go beyond traditional R&D or classical Six Sigma oriented toward reducing variability or even beyond some of Lean tools not well adapted to knowledge work.

Here’s a summary of his book:

The Principles of Product Development Flow will forever change the way you think about product development. Reinertsen starts with the ideas of lean manufacturing but goes far beyond them, drawing upon ideas from telecommunications networks, transportation systems, computer operating systems and military doctrine. He combines a lucid explanation of the science behind flow with a rich set of practical approaches. This is another landmark book by one of the foremost experts on product development.

On October 1st and 2nd, right before the Lean IT Summit 2013 (where I’ll be speaking too), Don Reinertsen will for the first time propose a workshop of two days, in english, to investigate the principles of product development flow.
To seize this opportunity, we’re offering you a 13% rebate on the standard workshop price bought before August, 31th. In order to benefit from this rebate, use coupon code “yisy-stampf-13%-discount-ghqmpzue” where buying your ticket from here: http://www.weezevent.com/formation-appliquez-les-principes-du-flux

Stop Using Story Points | Industrial Logic (#agile, #Lean@

April 16th, 2013 Posted in Lean Tags: , , , ,

Joshua Kerievsky has written a really nice and comprehensive article on Agile and the usage (abuse) of story points: Stop Using Story Points | Industrial Logic.

I always felt like Agile (or Kanban) felt in love with their tools and didn’t use them for continuous improvement past the obvious. I mean, you have those that just use the tool to manage work and don’t improve (they usually don’t do review at the end of the sprint). Then there are those that, while doing the review, would work at removing the blocks of the sprint and ensure next sprint won’t suffer the same problems. And it usually stops here.

The real point of Agile (or Lean for that purpose) should always IMHO have been to constantly work at reducing the delay between the moment a client requests a feature and the moment it is used successfully. So the review should have been used for more than just removing obvious roadblocks.

So I’m pleased the story points are gone for the most advanced agile practitioners (they would probably continue to be useful for beginners, I just hope people will feel less sticky with them).

But now my concern is whether the story point less teams will continue doing reviews and:

  • seeing their process together
  • solving problems /improving together
  • learning together

I look forward to what new will happen in the Agile world. Great job so far anyway!

 

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