People over Process – Win with People

People over Process – Win with People

Success comes from Valuing People When we simplify the Agile Manifesto’s “Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools” we get “People over Process”. Agile is about people. It’s about a people-first culture. Sadly, many organizations are mired in organizational debt: mistrust, politics and fear. Changing the process won’t fix this. We need to go to [...] Continue reading »
What’s better than Kanban?

What’s better than Kanban?

I was reading Freddy Balle's book The Gold Mine: A Novel of Lean Turnaround and I read something that stopped me dead in my tracks. In the book, after months of transitioning a manufacturing plant to continuous flow using Kanban, the Lean sensei asks the innocent question: Question: What is better than Kanban? To answer this, [...] Continue reading »
Use Value Stream Mapping for Current State Assessment

Use Value Stream Mapping for Current State Assessment

This post is about how I run a value stream mapping workshop as part of an Agile/Lean readiness assessment or as part of ongoing process improvements. Value Stream Map's are very useful for understanding how your current process works. My initial understanding came via Mary Poppendieck (books and training). Later I learned the details from the [...] Continue reading »