YOU KNOW THIEF #1 STEALS TIME WHEN...
Ø Context switching is common.
Ø We start new tasks before finishing
Ø Work gets neglected and ages.
Ø We say, “Yes, I’ll do that.”
THIEF #2 – UNKNOWN DEPENDENCIES
Time delays due to:
Ø Tightly coupled architecture
Ø Bottlenecks from specialized skillset
Ø Work outside of our control
WHY DEPENDENCIES MATTER
Every dependency increases the
probability that you will be
late by 50%.
Dependencies are asymmetrical
in their impact.
Dependency x 3
= 12.5% of
YOU KNOW THIEF #2 STEALS TIME WHEN...
Ø Coordination needs are high.
Ø People aren’t available when you need
Ø A change in one part of the code
unexpectantly changes something else.
THIEF #3 – UNPLANNED WORK
An Interruption –
usually to fix a
Ex: Break fix,
WHY UNPLANNED WORK MATTERS
Unplanned work steals
time away from planned
YOU KNOW THIEF #3 STEALS TIME WHEN...
Someone joins your slack channel and within 2
min, 4 people are sucked into the vortex.
EXPOSE UNPLANNED WORK
THIEF #4 – CONFLICTING PRIORITIES
when people are
disagree on what
to work on.
WHY CONFLICTING PRIORITIES MATTER
If people can’t prioritize
effectively, they try to
do too much at once.
Too much wip = longer Cycle Time.
YOU KNOW THIEF #4 STEALS TIME WHEN...
Ø “When will my thing be done?”
Ø “My thing is a high priority!”
Ø “If my thing doesn’t get done by ____,
EXPOSE CONFLICTING PRIORITIES
THIEF #5 - NEGLECTED WORK
Neglected, often important work
sits idle when other work is
seen as a higher priority.
WHY NEGLECTED WORK MATTERS
Important work sits waiting – until it
eventually becomes an emergency.
YOU KNOW THIEF #5 STEALS TIME WHEN...
“When are we going to finish x?”
“We can’t get to x right now,
because we’re working on y.”
EXPOSE NEGLECTED WORK
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