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  • How Scrum Reduces Rework

    I was talking to a group of project managers today in one of our inspiration meetings. One of the inspiring questions that came up was related to why we should use Scrum or agile methods. One short answer is this: if we routinely plan to spend 1/3 of our project on testing and fixing defects there is...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 03-25-2010
  • How to Improve Your Development Process Using Factory Physics

    There are only three types of buffers: extra capacity, extra inventory and extra time. This is one of the great take-aways from Factory Physics that I have frequently quoted since Thomas Blomseth introduced me to it on our lean study-tour to Japan earlier this year. It is an essential piece in approaching...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 07-21-2008
  • Bye, bye, "Done, but" - The Flat Organisation and Enterprise Scrum

    Lean organisations tend to be very flat with few layers of management. They rely on self-organisation and leadership. In this context, then, what is the role of the middle layers in the organisation? This is one of the points Ken Schwaber addresses in "The Enterprise and Scrum". The answer...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 09-17-2007
  • Retrospectives - Adapting to Reality

    Accelerated learning or "Inspect and adapt" is one of the key lean principles. It is the central feedback loop that keeps our work in sync with the real world. In agile one of the ways to do this by performing a "retrospective" at the end of every iteration. Its focus is gathering...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 05-20-2007
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