Why Limit WIP

Everywhere I go, people are suffering from overload. Information, workload, emotional load, political load … all above capacity. People, probably you as well, start sentence with, “If only I had time to…” or “If I could just…” or “If I were in charge I’d….” We all feel stretched to the point of snapping. In the office, this overload means missed … Read More

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Personal Kanban Wins the Shingo Prize

Personal Kanban won a Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence this year. This is the highest honor in Lean and we share the award with some pretty august company. This award is humbling. Shingo awards are usually focused on manufacturing or applications of specific Lean principles with many direct nods to Toyota. Personal Kanban is strongly rooted in Lean ideals, but … Read More

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Beyond Agile: Tales of Continuous Improvement Published

After two years of hard work by Maritza van den Heuvel and Joanne Ho, we are excited to announce the Kindle publication of Beyond Agile: Tales of Continuous Improvement. Beyond Agile is: Case Studies in Lean/Agile teams involved in continuous improvement Examinations in the use of visual controls like kanban for knowledge workers Truthful and sometimes painful stories of teams … Read More

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The Client Management A3: Modus Cooperandi White Paper #2

Lean thinkers seek systemic causes to workplace or project issues. The goal is to find procedural or functional root causes to unpopular behaviors or outcomes. Psychologists warn us of Fundamental Attribution Error, a common human bias that leads us to blame before we analyze. Lean uses the A3 as a tool to examine problems, hypothesize solutions, and then run experiments … Read More

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Modus Cooperandi White Paper: Kanban: Diversity and Optimization of Knowledge Working Teams

Announcing the publication of Kanban: Diversity and Optimization of Knowledge Working Teams – a new Modus Cooperandi White Paper. Late in 2012, we conducted a Board Walk (a site visit where we meet with teams using kanban or Personal Kanban and help them optimize the board and the team itself) at a client in the United States.  There were 15 … Read More

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Scrumban by Corey Ladas

  Corey Ladas’ groundbreaking paper “ScrumBan” launched hundreds of software development teams on the path from iterations to flow. Scrumban does not prescribe this transition, because each team has its own process needs. But if you are moving from Agile methods to Lean, Scrumban is the book that started it all. Kanban also provides a powerful mechanism to identify process … Read More

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