Grawlixes, Slurm and the Dead Zone

Grawlixes, Slurm and the Dead Zone

Last week’s Kanban for Devops training class in Portland produced some notably creative ideas towards visualization. Grawlixes, Slurm and the Dead Zone are three ideas worth spreading. Capturing interrupts using grawlixes (series of typographical symbols representing profanity in comic strips) shows work impacts in an amusing manner. Here’s how it works. Each time work is interrupted, add one grawlix to the ticket on the board. The longer the grawlix series on the ticket, the longer the lead time and (presumably)…

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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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How do Teams Continue to Win during Turmoil?

How do Teams Continue to Win during Turmoil?

We had a big snow this week.  Twelve inches total, a forty-three year record in our part of Puget Sound country.  We lost power for ten hours – no furnace, no computer, no lights. No problem – I cozied up to an emergency kerosene stove and opened Jim Collins’ new book, Great by Choice, a study of winning behavior when confronted by uncertainty – with comparisons between companies that win and companies that languish. I was especially fascinated by the parallels…

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