Posts Tagged ‘Agile’

Toward a Continuous Flow

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I’ve observed that most software delivery processes in the “real world” are hybrid processes. It’s rare for an organization to follow a defined method to the letter. That said, there seem to be four common reference models, and real processes often lean more heavily on one of these than the other three: Linear Iterative Timeboxed […]

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A practical short-cut to understanding Lean Thinking

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I don’t know about you, but personally, I find the world pretty confusing. People go out of their way to make simple things complicated; easy things hard. They’d rather say “utilize” than “use.” Maybe that’s Superior Utilizification of English. I don’t know. I’m a bear of very little brain. Why I didn’t go into psychology Once […]

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Process Cycle Efficiency (PCE) Metric

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What is Process Cycle Efficiency? Process Cycle Efficiency, also known as “Flow Efficiency” or “Value Add Ratio,” is a measurement of the amount of value-add time in any process, relative to lead time (the time between the initiation and completion of a production process). The higher the ratio, the more efficient your process. This metric […]

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Feature Estimation: Using Ideal Weeks

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Recently, a client asked me what an ideal feature-estimation-week would look like. It was a fairly straightforward question, but I knew she was setting a trap.  We had been training on and using ideal weeks for six months already, so this caught me off guard. It took me a little bit to wrap my head […]

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Getting Hired in Agile

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It’s no secret that Agile is becoming more and more mainstream. Some might even say that it’s crossed the chasm and is considered to be the preferred method of software development. As a viable option for organizing work outside of the IT world, the industry is seeing new applications for Agile every day in a […]

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