Estimation Requires Attention

Last month I was conducting a series of Boardwalks with a large company in Australia. These people had an amazing array of kanban and other visual controls guiding their software development. Most important to me, they had achieved a culture not of continuous improvement, but deep curiosity and introspection. They were looking for any way to get their organization to … Read More

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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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Fundamental Misunderstandings Lead Directly to Malpractice

Yes, I know I know, Somebody’s Wrong on the Internet!   I am somewhat ranting this morning, because the screenshot to the right is so disappointing. The redacted person is responsible for implementing Lean in his organization, but I see this with all types of systems. The redacted person, let’s call him Micro, has a fundamental misunderstanding of the guiding … Read More

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Your Specific is Highly General

Years ago now, William Rowden and I owned a business. In that business we wanted to build amazing software for our clients. We adopted several practices to help us do this. One of the central practices we employed was Test Driven Development – a practice that essentially says you write software like this. Figure out what you want the code to … Read More

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Our Management is Often an Illusion

When we look at how a project is doing, we compare it against our intentions and our plans. We ask ourselves questions like, “I’ve noticed that over the last several weeks we’ve been way off schedule. What might make this project run better? “ Then we say, “Oh, I know, we can move some human resources from this part of the … Read More

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Fearful Features: Making Risk Explicit

Tell me Clarice, are the features still screaming? Sometimes work is terrifying. We’re asked to do something that we know, or at least strongly suspect, won’t work. Maybe we’re asked to do several things –  many are simple, but one or two make us uncomfortable. We might even place a hard estimate on a task (“It’ll take six hours!) and … Read More

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Listening More Attentively

When I was in university, my housemate Dave had an old King Crimson bootleg in which there’s this guy screaming LOUDER LOUDERRRRR LOUUUUUUDDDDERRRRRR! Finally, wanting to spare the rest of the audience from listening to this yahoo any more, Robert Fripp says, “I am hearing requests to play louder, but perhaps this gentleman could listen more attentively.” (Exact quote is … Read More

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Selective Business Hearing

We only see what we want to see; we only hear what we want to hear. Our belief system is just like a mirror that only shows us what we believe. ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz   We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers. ~Friedrich Nietzsche   You think your job is hard? I … Read More

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Positional Power and Unintended Influence

It’s tough to handle this fortune and fame Everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed ~ Joe Walsh It was spring. That winter, like this last one, had been harsh. Internally, my client was trying to lead his company to change…to a better tomorrow. He had been working to give his people more autonomy, more agency, and more internal influence. He … Read More

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Modus Cooperandi’s Speaking and Workshop Schedule

Modus Cooperandi has a great deal of events penciled in on the calendar over the next few months.  Listed in detail below is where you’ll be able to find Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry presenting talks and workshops all across the globe. This month Jim will deliver the closing keynote at the 9th Annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. … Read More

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