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Encouraging Flow. Robert May Vice President of Strategy Veracity Solutions. Flow. This is not yet another talk about Daniel Pink! What is Flow? Karl Scotland – “ Flow describes how the work in the system can deliver maximum value”

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Encouraging flow

Encouraging Flow

Robert May

Vice President of Strategy

Veracity Solutions


Flow

  • This is not yet another talk about Daniel Pink!

  • What is Flow?

    • Karl Scotland – “Flow describes how the work in the system can deliver maximum value”

    • Mary and Tom Poppendick - “In lean enterprises, traditional organizational structures give way to new team-oriented organizations which are centered on the flow of value, not on functional expertise.”


Flow metrics
Flow Metrics

  • Lead Time

    • Time it takes to move an item from backlog to done

    • Too much in the backlog?

  • Cycle Time

    • Time it takes for the task to be completed, once pulled

    • Something stopping the start of work?

  • Work Time

    • Time tasks were active in the queue

    • Something stopping the completion of work?

  • Wait Time (blocked time)

    • Time that tasks sit idle in the queue

    • Something stopping you from working at all?


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Flow Metrics

  • Works in progress (WIP)

    • Should have limits

  • Batch Sizes

    • Should have limits

  • Cadence

    • Scrum

    • Kanban


Blocking flow
Blocking flow

  • Multitasking

    • 1 A I Game

  • Batch Sizes

    • Penny Flow Game Part 1

  • Bottlenecks (push versus pull)

    • http://tocca.com.au/Services/demoOperations.htm

    • Penny Flow Game Part 2


Applying flow
Applying Flow

  • How does Flow apply to your organization?

  • How does Flow apply to Scrum?

  • Would Kanban work better with design?

  • Team structure with Flow in mind?


Flow and mmfs
Flow and MMFs

  • Minimally Marketable Features versus Stories

    • Epics?


Flow and queue limits
Flow and QUEUE Limits

  • Can you help progress an existing kanban? Work on that.

  • Don’t have the right skills? Find the bottleneck and work to release it.

  • Don’t have the right skills? Pull in work from the queue.

  • Can’t start anything in the queue? Is there any lower priority to start investigating?

  • There is nothing lower priority? Find other interesting work.


1 a i game
1 A I Game

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Penny flow game
Penny Flow Game

  • 1 Customer

    • Determines which coins need flipped

  • 1 VP of Development

    • Time overall release duration

    • Watches for bottlenecks

    • Records times

  • X Code Monkeys

    • Flip coins

  • X Directors of Development (1 for each code monkey)

    • Time code monkeys


Penny flow game batches
Penny Flow Game Batches

  • Batch 1: 20 Coins, 1 batch

  • Batch 2: 10 Coins, 2 batches

  • Batch 3: 5 Coins, 4 batches

    • Repeated twice, once with pull, once with push

  • Batch 4: 1 coin, 20 batches

  • Batch 5: 2 coins, 10 batches


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