In the software industry, it’s common to be on a project with an aggressive timeline. Even if the schedule was correct, plans don't always go the way you expect and become off track. Teams end up working more extended hours, try to add people to the project or make other heroic efforts to try and “save the day’ and finish on time. In my experience, rarely have those efforts worked and when it did, the team was so burned out it took several weeks to get motivated to tackle another project.
There should be a better way to complete projects on time, so teams feel a sense of accomplishment and are excited to take on the next project. In this session, we discuss three key behaviors you can do with your team, unlocking a better way to work to help the team succeed.
Work can be assigned to
everyone and owned
by no one.
What is the primary function
of an automobile?
“Most cars are only in use by
their owners for 5% to
10% of the day.”
You cannot reduce delay
if you are not actively
recognizes work in three states.
Work actually exists in
A common source of delay
is when work is waiting
for the next activity
That work is called pullable.
Insert an interrupter to prevent your impulse
to learn and grow from taking over!
“I’m finished and I’m waiting
for this work to be taken
It’s called a
The only way work moves is if someone pulls it.
Team members are always communicating availability.
Cards are never lost because they always have an advocate.
A pull system is an ownership-
Before pulling new work, insert a second interrupter.
Look for opportunities to
A healthy Kanban system preserves itself.
Pull System + WIP Limits
Outsmart the instincts that
create delay by mastering flow.
Not just the parts which you are
most frequently involved.