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.

The right-hand side, you will see a number of links to other parts of the website associated with Agile and Lean. The upper menu provides a link to articles, podcasts, and videos along with a link to training aids and games. The lower menu contains links to tools and discussion boards where you can pose and answer questions and comment.

Agile

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

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, […]

Gemba Walk

Go to the place where the work is performed, that is the Gemba walk.  This does not apply just to manufacturing, but also line managers and their respective departments as well as to project management. You want to know what is going on, what could be better, go unto the work space and watch and […]

5S

If you have spent any time in the automotive industry you have probably spent time working within a system called the 5S.

Mura (unevenness)

The unevenness or mura of the work wreak havoc on our work. Project demands fluctuate and working on multiple projects likewise creates or exacerbates the unevenness. In product development work can get heavy around gate reviews as the project must accomplish certain expectations and milestones are reviewed in the gate activities.  One functional department may […]

Muri – Overburden

Muri is waste associated with pushing people, processes and equipment beyond the limits or overburdening. An organization may be enamored of working large numbers of overtime hours, but any benefit for such some at a cost, and this is an example of overburdening. I once worked at a place in which the employees averaged being […]

Muda – Waste

For those familiar with the lean approach to the work or the Toyota Way, you my already know about the concept of Muda. Muda is one of the three categories associated with lean that impact performance and costs to the organization.  Muda is regarded to have seven waste types or areas or actions that cause waste. Over […]

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

Contact Value Transformation about Agile and Lean