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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

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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?
flow metrics1
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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