Why Manifesto

Because people in software like “manifestos”, try this as a litmus test for the decisions to make sure you’re thinking about value and not just staying busy.  As in the agile manifesto, the things on the right have value, but not as much as the things on the left. Working WITH clients OVER working FOR clients Knowing why OVER knowing what

The Worst Waste – Unused Human Creativity

Busyness may be the prime waste and a cause of the others, but it is not the worst. Only one of the wastes is an asset that is lost forever if not used; human creativity. Unused Creativity > The Other 7 Let’s consider the other 7 wastes. Waiting wastes time, which also cannot be recovered for individuals. For a company, there… Read moreThe Worst Waste – Unused Human Creativity

Microsoft as Agile, but not Enterprise Agile

Microsoft is a dominant player in IT. But is it agile? Does it display enterprise agility? Organization Microsoft has gone through some re-orgs in the period we’ll look at. The most recent re-org created 5 engineering groups and a bunch of non-engineering groups. Those engineering groups are largely responsible for themselves are are: Operating Systems (Windows) Cloud & Enterprise (Visual… Read moreMicrosoft as Agile, but not Enterprise Agile

Optimum Busyness

Recently, I’ve said a lot of bad things about “busyness”.  I stand behind all of them, but that does not mean that the way to be agile and lean is to do nothing.   It is not true that just because you’re doing something that you’re delivering value.  It is also true that you must do something in order to… Read moreOptimum Busyness

Why > Busy

Earlier, we talked about how busyness works against agile & lean.  Today, we’ll look at how to replace busyness with value delivery (the heart of agile & lean). Given that busyness has been framed as the enemy, you may be thinking:  That sounds great, but there are still salaries being paid and clients expect results; if I’m not making sure… Read moreWhy > Busy

The Prime Waste – Busyness

There is a common feeling that indicates the presence of all 8 wastes. It was best described by my former leader when he summarized what team members were telling him: I’m too busy doing my job, to do my job. By taking a step back, it becomes obvious how constant busyness undermines the business by inviting all 8 wastes and creating a vicious… Read moreThe Prime Waste – Busyness