How to Read a Book

How to Read a Book

A friend and fellow Agile coach - Jason Cheong-Kee-You - told me about this approach to get more out of books. It is one of those little nuggets that help make every day life go better. Thanks also to Allister McKinnell for starting the chain reaction. The purpose of this post is to share my [...]
Serious Problems? Use A3 Technique to Nail ’em!

Serious Problems? Use A3 Technique to Nail ’em!

This post shows the A3 technique and how it is an effective management tool. The contents of this post are my summary of THE BOOK on this subject: Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process to solve problems, gain agreement, mentor and lead - by John Shook. Available via Lean Enterprise Institute and Ocapt [...]
Learning Through Games

Learning Through Games

As a trainer, I have become increasingly convinced that games and simulations provide an excellent platform for learning concepts and new behaviours. I am playing and training with more and more games than ever before. It was getting hard for me to remember all the games and decide which one to use in a particular [...]
Accelerate Your Team with Cross-Training Charts

Accelerate Your Team with Cross-Training Charts

Cross-training charts (also skill training charts) are a standard part of the Lean toolkit. They are used to identify limited skill sets that can lead to bottlenecks and work stoppage.  See manufacturing example. In Scrum (and some Agile), we have the notion of cross-functional teams and place value on generalists who can go where the [...]
Kanban is a Gateway Drug

Kanban is a Gateway Drug

For years I have preferred Scrum as a starting place rather than XP since it is easier to adopt. One of the patterns of Fearless Change is to take small steps. Scrum is a much smaller step than XP. That's old news. Lot's of folks like to start with XP, that's OK by me. Probably a [...]