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The Beer Game (Intro) by Tom Looy

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Slides were presented 19th of March at Agile Pizza event, Kiev

Slides were presented 19th of March at Agile Pizza event, Kiev


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  • 1. Agile, Lean and Theory of Constraints Tom Looy, BigVisibleSoftware Development Process Coach
  • 2. Our Intent: Show how applying the principles ofAgile, Lean and Theory of Constraints canincrease the efficiency of your software development process and increase the quality of your deliverables
  • 3. Our Means: An inside - out view of a project1) An overview of Agile, Lean and Theory of Constraints 2) 3)
  • 4. ScopeSchedule Budget The The Iron Triangle Impossible Triangle
  • 5. Quality? Scope Warning! Quality!Schedule Budget The Iron Triangle
  • 6. So how do we effectively manage Quality? assure
  • 7. If you want to you have togo fast…have quality
  • 8. The right kind of ‘going fast’ can assure that we have Quality.
  • 9. Agile, Lean and Theory of Constraintswill achieve Speed and Quality.
  • 10. Five Focusing Steps1. Identify the Constraint2. Exploit the Constraint3. Subordinate Everything Else to the Constraint4. Elevate the Constraint5. Go back to Step 1
  • 11. Let’s get specific…(our inside - out view of an Agile project)
  • 12. An Animation of One Project’s Agile WallAs a… Lifecycle of a Story CardI want to…in order to…
  • 13. Lean Principles on the Agile Wall Release small batch sizes into the system Short workcycles Keep WIP (Work In Progress) down
  • 14. ToC’s “Drum-Buffer-Rope” The Rope controls the release of work into the system by tying it to the constraint.The Buffer protects The Drum is the constraint –the Drum from being it sets the pace for work allstarved for work. work done in the system.
  • 15. Other Things of Interest on This Agile Wa Iteration 9 is included in the plan as a contingency. Velocity is based on capacity (and size) Each team’s was determined through several Story Cards, not previous Iterations of adapting. Story Points.
  • 16. Why the Agile Wall Is So Effective• Focuses on completing work, not resource utilization• Transparency (Information Radiator)• Helps Manage Constraints• Supports Lean and Systems Thinking
  • 17. The Beer Game
  • 18. Agenda1. Run the animated Agile Story Card Wall2. Examine ‘what if’ scenarios using Excel
  • 19. Tom Looy tlooy24@gmail.com tlooy@bigvisible.comhttp://www.vimeo.com/6440653
  • 20. The Agile Wall –A Thinking Tool