Optimizing The Flow
Optimizing The Flow
Process Improvements For High Performing Agile Teams
About the Book
If we could give you one Agile tool that could: establish a shared team vision, provide a focal point for team communication, highlight process bottlenecks, manage workflow, track team workload, and communicate progress, would you take it? What if we told you it was something you were already using?
Many organizations and teams claim to be Agile, and one of the most common practices they adopt is the card wall. Few actually get beneath the surface of the colorful cards on the wall to the real foundation of such a powerful tool.
Starting by such a simple idea—post-it on the wall—we will deepen your knowledge and awareness for process improvements you can take right away to your team!
Before we start
- Making Agile work
- Card Wall
- Tool, Team, Process
- Intro to workflow
- Brief history
- Workflow example
- A Visual representation
- A Snapshot
Agile Software Development Workflow
- Defining software development
- Software development is empirical
- Agile Software Development
- Iterative and incremental
- Small portion of requirement
- Sequential and concurrent development
- Workflow stages
- A visual representation
- A Snapshot
Cards on the Wall
- The workflow on the wall
- Why use a card wall?
- Action Stages and Waiting Stages
- Software Development Workflow with Queues
Flowing the work
- Velocity and Throughput
- Single Piece Flow
- The Work in Progress
- Overall system throughput
- Theory of Constraints
- Replenishment and the card wall
Whisky and flow
- The whisky bar
- Flow parameters
- The bar system
- Little’s law and flow parameters
Cumulative Flow Diagram
- Interpreting the CFD
Appendix A - Throughput and Agile practices
- Inconsistent Throughput
- Agile Practices
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