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The Art of Lean Performance

The Art of Lean Performance

Starting a new Lean Kanban method is fairly simple. But once the basics are in play for a while, teams can hit a plateau. Taking Lean Kanban to a higher level is sometimes rocky. This presentation shows you how to level up your Lean Kanban implementation to a system focused on flow and continuous improvement. This was the topic of my talk for DevOpsDays Austin 2017 that I unfortunately didn’t make it to, due to a head cold and stuffy right ear….

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The Aging Report – A Harbinger of Late Work

The Aging Report – A Harbinger of Late Work

Do you get surprised by work completed late? If you want to see late work candidates, this post is for you. What might a harbinger for late work look like? One measure used to see tardy work upfront is an aging report. An aging report (sometimes referred to as a staleness report) provides a forewarning of late work. Work ages for the obvious reasons — special skills, holidays, the dentist. Work also ages from the approval of newer work and…

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The Spotify Methods & Culture Recap

The Spotify Methods & Culture Recap

Spotify hosted an amazing conference in New York, where 60 invitees from around the globe came together to discuss cools things their company is doing around Culture and Methods. Comprised of lightening talks, workshops and open-spaces, the Sept 23 conference exceeded all my expectations. Here’s how. Spotify is comfortable with vulnerability. It’s okay to elevate problems — evident by Jason Yip’s opening talk, “How things Don’t Quite Work at Spotify…and How We’re Trying to Solve It.” Jason tackles the issue of…

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Mapping for a Marketing Team Triple Win

Mapping for a Marketing Team Triple Win

I worked with the Marketing team this week. They were struggling with how to publish content faster and more frequently. Everyone on the team acknowledged cycle time was too long and that downstream customers were unhappy about it. So – I helped the team map out their content publishing process to see where the problems lay. Everyone involved with content wrote specific activities they did (one per post-it note) and brought it up to the whiteboard. We watched as eight…

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Top 10 highlights from DevOps Enterprise Summit 2015

Top 10 highlights from DevOps Enterprise Summit 2015

The DevOps Enterprise Summit once again exceeded my expectations. Swarming with witty smart people (who were also fun to hang with), an impressive hallway track emerged.  Much learning transpired – below are my highlights in the order they occurred. A dedicated Dojo space for Learning Heather Mickman and Ross Clanton’s talk described Target’s large dedicated physical space for learning.  Three kinds of learning opportunities occur in Target’s Dojo: Challenges: 30 day experiences to introduce and level up expertise on DevOps,…

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Yesh, But What Do you Do?

Yesh, But What Do you Do?

I did software configuration management for most of my career. I did builds and deployments and managed source code trees. I built out and maintained development, test and staging environments. My friends and family never really understood what I did for a living. But they knew from experience that if a release was happening that weekend, they might not see me until Monday morning. If The Phoenix Project had been around then, I could have just given them the book.  It’s a novel…

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