Agile & Lean

In today’s fast-paced and competitive world, our organizations must be quicker and adaptive to survive. Lean and Agile are both techniques that provide a focus on the tasks at hand and a continuous refinement and improvement of our organization’s capabilities. We seek to streamline, remove waste, and undertake actions that will continuously bring the organization to peak performance without sacrifice.

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Agile & Lean

Agile

Agile & Lean

There are times when the best solution for the project strategy is agile. Agile strips away many of the processes relying instead upon the ability and talent of the team to discover, overcome or circumvent the obstacles presented. Predominantly used for software, though not exclusively, agile can be a quick way to respond to the unknowns in the product development effort. This area contains, product backlog, sprint backlog, estimating techniques, burn down charts, and retrospective. This area also contains a significant level of learning organization discipline.

Lean

Lean consists of a set of principles and techniques often associated with efficient and cost effective manufacturing. These tools and techniques are designed to eliminate waste in whatever form it may take, from scrap or reworked material to idle time and material flow and inventory. The approach is that of continuous and incremental improvement.

What makes sense in Scrum Projects, Joe Dager and Jon M. Quigley

Guardrails, Reciprocal Agreements, Essays and Discussions

Gemba Walk, Agile Development, No Right Way

SPaMCAST 479 – Mentor or Coach, TameFlow Chapter 21a, Employee Engagement

https://spamcast.libsyn.com/spamcast-479-mentor-or-coach-tameflow-chapter-21a-employee-engagement

SPaMCAST 483 – Measuring The Value of Agile, TameFlow Chapter 21, Agile Culture

https://spamcast.libsyn.com/spamcast-483-measuring-the-value-of-agile-tameflow-chapter-21-agile-culture

SPaMCAST 585 – Most Agile Transformations Ignore Technical Skills, A Conversation with Susan Parente and Jon M Quigley

https://spamcast.libsyn.com/category/Parente+and+Quigley

SPaMCAST 495 – Done, Waste and Innovation; Kanban to the Kanban Power

https://spamcast.libsyn.com/spamcast-495-done-waste-and-innovation-kanban-to-the-kanban-power

SPaMCAST 575 – Messing Up Agile Hybrids, Deming and Book Club, Essays and Discussions

https://spamcast.libsyn.com/spamcast-575-messing-up-agile-hybrids-deming-and-book-club-essays-and-discussions

SPaMCAST 477 – Silence: A Powerful Tool, Muddling Through, Monolithic Monolith

https://podtail.se/podcast/software-process-and-measurement-cast/spamcast-477-silence-a-powerful-tool-muddling-thro/

SPaMCAST 552 – Fit For Value, Saying No, Essays and Discussions

https://spamcast.libsyn.com/spamcast-552-fit-for-value-saying-no-essays-and-discussions

The LinkedIn Elephant

The Organization Organizations, or most successful organizations, are not static.  To remain an ongoing concern the organization will need to adapt to identified opportunities.  This will require growing the talent base, either organically, that is from within, or by finding talent external to the organization.  From an external perspective, how do we know the right […]

Career Change

  Career Change Recently we had a question come to us about how do we transition from one industry or a specific job title to another industry or another area of the company that requires different skills from what we presently have.  Perhaps a way to avoid becoming stale, we may want to explore other […]

Absorption and Firefighting

Firefighting Hiding things is not a long term strategy We have recently written an article at our Assembly Mag column, Ps and Qs column on the metaphorical firefighter and things we do that encourages this behavior.  There are many variants of this specific failure mode.  To be clear, we are referring to valuing the heavy […]

Just keep getting up.

Most of what we write is about technical, business, product development, and project management topics. I have no idea why I am writing this, or what to do with it when completed -if anything. Additionally, I am a little emotionally raw for reasons that will become apparent. Perhaps the writing will help me come to grips with this […]

Reviews and Walkthroughs.

Reviews of all kinds If you have been in product development for any time, you may have been involved in design reviews, walk-throughs, specification reviews, product reviews, audits and other forms. Recently I was a part of a customer presentation.  The presentation was developed to introduce the customer to a new product design that the […]

Covid and Asynchronous Communication

Shared Covid and Asynchronous Communication Jon M Quigley Communication If you are an engineer or computer science person, you may know about asynchronous communication from the technical perspective, but we provide brief definition below. Technical definition Asynchronous communication is the transmission of data, generally without the use of an external clock signal, where data can […]

The Confluence:

The Confluence: Configuration Management, Change Management, and Project Management Like Puzzle Pieces Configuration management, change management and project management are all connected.  Missing one or more of these in product development can mean exceeding the project budget and schedule at best, and at worst, the launching of a product that is more like a torpedo […]

Mere Scrap of Information

Mere Scrap of Information – The Route to the Product I am a guy, and grew up in the 70’s.  My dad was a Vietnam Vet serving in the 7th Special Forces Group.  I grew up watching action movies.  My favorite actor of that era was Clint Eastwood, and one of my favorite movies Fist Full […]

Prototype- Old School Style

The Olden Days by Jon M Quigley I recently had a phone call with a person I met on LinkedIn. Actually, I have been having calls with them over the weeks, to talk about product development, especially the way it was in the olden days.  Over the course of few discussions we began chatting about […]

Limits of Asynchronous Communication

Limits of Asynchronous Communication In an earlier blog post we wrote along with contributions to a magazine on asynchronous communication. Businesses are forced to make decisions, that they would rather not make, such is the time of Covid.  We cannot just go to the office and continue to work as we once did, perhaps short-term, […]

A3 Template with Instructions

Reducing Process Costs – Value Transformation Book

What is a Negative Margin Launch

Building a Cause and Effect Diagram

8D Template

CMMI Tracking

Pugh Matrix

Using Pareto Charts

TIEMP 02

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