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Healthy Constraints: Why Limit Your WIP VI

Great floods have flown from simple sources. ~ William Shakespeare When we employ healthy constraints, we encourage flow. In the economy we create, our goal is create a flow of work that results in a flow of value creation that … Continue reading

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Creating an Economy: Why Limit Your WIP V

“Stop starting and start finishing.” – David Anderson You, right now, are disrespecting your ability to create amazing things. You, right now, are doing more than you should, for more people than is optimal, and in an environment that is … Continue reading

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Context Switching: Why Limit Your WIP IV

Context switching is the Red Menace of modern day knowledge work. In every presentation about context switching we have Gerry Weinberg’s chart of productivity loss – so let’s get that out of the way at the beginning. So, if we … Continue reading

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Multitasking and Bottlenecks: Why Limit Your WIP III

A Stanford study recently suggested that multi-taskers made very poor multi-taskers. Does that not make sense? Well, the study found that self-identified multi-taskers ended up people who were merely justifying a scattered lifestyle. Perhaps they felt productive because during a … Continue reading

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Completion: Limiting WIP Post II

At every company or organization I have visited over the last three years, there has been a similar problem. I like to play a game with teams called “count the bosses.” People believe that they can work on five, eight, … Continue reading

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Processing and Memory–Post 1: Why Limit WIP Series

In 1927, Soviet Psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik (on the left, there) described a certain phenomenon. When we finish tasks, we get a certain closure and move on. When we don’t finish tasks – we don’t. We keep thinking about them. We … Continue reading

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Customer Alert System: Element #13 of the Kanban

In 2006, my first kanban based project involved setting up a Personal Kanban for a team of 12 developers. Since we were just starting out with kanban, we had no idea what to expect. I did know a few key … Continue reading

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Gemba Symbolizer: Element #12 of the Kanban

In Lean the “Gemba” is where everything happens. It’s the crime scene, the shop floor, ground zero. In manufacturing, the Gemba is a physical location, filled with gear, that you can walk along and evaluate for operational productivity, efficiency, and … Continue reading

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Work Flow Laboratory: Element #11 of the Kanban

The Personal Kanban shows us what is happening, how it is happening, by whom it is happening, and even why it is happening. Here we see a bottleneck between coding and QA. The cause of this is currently unknown. But … Continue reading

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Collaborative Aid: Element #10 of the Kanban

“Hey Tonianne, I see you’ve pulled the ‘Strike sheet for Kaizen Camp’ ticket. I took some notes from our meeting the other day, they are in the ‘Kaizen Clean Up’ mind map. Just take a look at that, it should … Continue reading

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