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Reduce WIP and Deliver Often: Kanban Recipe for Success Steps 2 and 3


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Reduce WIP and delivering often as steps 2 and 3 in a Kanban journey

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Reduce WIP and Deliver Often: Kanban Recipe for Success Steps 2 and 3

  1. 1. Reduce WIP and Deliver Often Kanban Recipe for Success: Step Two and Three Jason Yip @jchyip
  3. 3. What step(s) did you take to start Focusing on Quality?
  4. 4. The Recipe for Success 1. Focus on Quality 2. Reduce WIP 3. Deliver Often 4. Balance Demand Against Throughput 5. Prioritise 6. Attack Variability to Improve Predictability
  5. 5. REDUCE WIP
  6. 6. Which one is better? Team A: 95% utilisation Team B: 75% utilisation 5-10 day lead time 2-3 defects per 100 features 3 month lead time 2 defects per feature
  7. 7. Focus on what customers care about OVER what (bad) managers care about Utilisation! Quality, Lead Time
  8. 8. Improve quality by reducing WIP
  9. 9. Reducing WIP improves focus
  10. 10. Reducing WIP reduces accumulation of errors
  11. 11. Reduce lead time by reducing WIP
  12. 12. Little’s Law
  13. 13. How do you improve the flow of traffic?
  15. 15. Reduce batch size • AKA break work down into smaller pieces • See User Stories, Minimum Marketable Feature, etc.
  16. 16. Reduce iteration length • 4 weeks -> 3 weeks -> 2 week -> 1 week
  17. 17. Limit WIP using a kanban system
  19. 19. Which approach will be more successful? Why? First date Wait 2 weeks SMS on the way home “Call you tomorrow?” Show up with flowers and an apology Call tomorrow
  20. 20. “…small, frequent gestures or events enhance trust more than larger gestures made only occasionally.” David Anderson
  21. 21. Which approach will be more successful? Why? Successful Release Wait 6 months Plan another release in 2 weeks Attempt another large release Release in 2 weeks
  22. 22. Shorter lead times (from reducing WIP) make it possible to release more often
  23. 23. Continuous delivery is the ultimate in frequent, trust-building events
  24. 24. Imagine that your team / group had a long history of delivering high quality, regularly.
  25. 25. What would you feel comfortable proposing that you don’t now?
  27. 27. Reduce (release) batch size • See Minimum Marketable Feature
  28. 28. Reduce release transaction costs Overall Cost of Release Cost of Each Release Frequency of Releases And maintain or reduce this Increase this By reducing this
  29. 29. Transaction costs of a release Production transaction costs Consumption transaction costs • Cost of testing • Cost of deployment • Cost of management • Cost of fixes • Cost of defects • Cost of learning Cost of release includes production and consumption
  30. 30. Better interaction design reduces the amount of knowledge needed to be acquired
  31. 31. (AKA cost of learning) Test the size of this using user testing
  32. 32. (AKA cost of learning) Reduce this by reducing the size of the change
  33. 33. To reduce production transaction costs: smaller batches, build-in- quality, design for production
  34. 34. To reduce consumption transaction costs: smaller batches, build-in- quality, design for consumption
  35. 35. HOMEWORK
  36. 36. What is the smallest step you could take to move 1 level up (or more)?
  37. 37. What is your plan to start that step tomorrow?