Posts Tagged ‘Lean’

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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Miyamoto Musashi on Lean and Agile

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The legendary swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, understood the Lean/Agile mindset perfectly 400 years ago. Here is an excerpt from Musashi’s Book of Five Rings. Two translations are given, as each brings out different nuances of the original text. Translation by Victor Harris. This translation is commonly available as a free download from many online sources, most of […]

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How To Get Valuable Time Back: Part 1

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Recently, I’ve been swamped with meetings.  I’m not talking Portfolio Planning, Release Planning, or even Sprint Planning meetings. I’m talking a lot of in-the-weeds type meetings.  After I walk out of some, I realize I could have been informed of the outcomes and action items and that would have been good enough. I didn’t need […]

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Team WIKISPEED at Agile 2012

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Regardless of where I coach or teach, there is always someone who approaches me and says something like, “Agile is great for software projects but what about projects that aren’t software related?”  When asked the question, I usually give examples like a U.S. Marine fire team or air crew or a home construction site. (I’ll […]

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