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In 2011 I was faced with the situation that I had to introduce #Kanban to a customer with about 300 teams. I started to count the billable days and before falling asleep I already thought about which color my new Porsche should have.
From the POV of a consultant, it is of course very lucrative to agilize 300 teams. From a company's POV, however, it is complete madness. You invest a lot of money, frustrate people, and the bottom line is that it's a big #suboptimization that won't lead to success.
That's when the keyboard metaphor was born: Let's say our org is a keyboard, each team operates a key, and we have to write a letter. High-performance teams don't finish the letter faster! We have to make sure that the right team is working on the right job at the right time
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[Thread] This is a super basic hybrid #kanban board. The basic idea is that we prioritize opportunities to tackle, pull the topmost opportunity, and then run experiments to "intervene" and generate an outcome. (1/11) #prodmgmt #kanban
This can scale to multiple teams. Here we have two "opportunities" in progress. (2/11) #prodmgmt #kanban
So why not just give teams their own backlogs? Why do we even need to view this on one board? Well..chances are the teams don't have 100% dedicated team members. To do their job, roles like Ops, Marketing, UX will need an overview (3/11) #prodmgmt #kanban
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Not “rules” by any means...but tendencies

1/10. We underestimate the amount of work we actually have in progress and the impact on flow, quality, value delivered...and overestimate the value of parallelizing work #proddev #kanban #flow
2/10. We underestimate the drag created by dependencies, constraints, hand-offs, reviews, etc. etc. ... and overestimate our ability to navigate them, play Tetris, and thread the needle #proddev #kanban #flow
3/10 We underestimate the impact of “lights on” and “business as usual” type work...and overestimate our ability to tackle these issues without a big hit on flow #proddev #kanban #flow
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Here is a little thread on words. Words matter. By using slightly different words, you can nudge your organization in a new direction (assuming they take hold).

Take something subtle like replacing "project" with "mission". A mission feels more outcome oriented...(1/n
Or using the word "bet". Bet is nice, because you can attach it to something highly prescriptive. For example:

"Oh, so your bet is if we build this feature we'll see this positive outcome, right?"

Bet conveys uncertainty, value, investment, information...(2/n
Lots of teams get stuck on problem vs. solution dichotomies. I prefer... "opportunity vs. intervention". Lots going on there. Problem conveys a binary "solving". Intervention feels experimental. Opportunity feels valuable (3/n
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I’ve worked with lots of agile #teams, and some of the symptoms of a well functioning high-perfoming teams that I see are:

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They start their daily standups on time.
They tend to laugh a lot and have fun.
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Here’s something you see often w/ teams and #kanban

Team: “Can we move cards backwards?” (1/11)
When this happens, we’re in a pickle. In true pull-system fashion, the developer has pulled another card. Test finds an issue that demands developer’s attention. What to do? (2/11)
One solution is to say “hey dev, you can only be on two things at once...one of which is developing”. Seems reasonable...and keeps their bandwidth open to fix issues. (3/11)
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[thread]...Some two column tables. Apparently I enjoy this :)

(1/7) Our intuition says ... instead try
#prodmgmt #kanban #agile #lean
(2/7) What you say ... what they hear/think
#prodmgmt #kanban #agile #lean
(3/7) Evolving product manager role .... moving towards
#prodmgmt #kanban #agile #lean
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#kanban tips (1/3)

Model the work, not the “workers”. With team member magnets, checklists, and markers...the bottom design can more than adequately model the work

If work ever “moves left” (e.g. QA/demo passes an item “back to dev”), then the top dsgn breaks. It is all doing.
Another classic anti-pattern is team/individual lanes and “splitting” the work. The bottom option will probably catalyze the right conversations....though the top option with string can also do the trick. (2/4) #kanban
A compromise if teams want their own card for some reason... is a hybrid board with “epics” (larger chunks of work), and all of their related cards.(3/4) #Kanban
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Almost every discussion I have that starts with “we need to go faster” ends with me asking the team to “define value”, and then do less once and work in smaller batches.

It is at this point that the reality sets in ...1/3
#agile #kanban #prodmgmt
... the reality is that the current system is optimized for:
-saying “yes we’re on it”
-keeping people busy
-brokering resource capacity
-keeping track of all the work in progress
-providing plausible reasons why nothing is shipping

Well...2/3
#agile #kanban #prodmgmt
This should be easy to unwind, right? It’s math. Do less smaller stuff = go faster. Limit WIP ... discover/remove bottlenecks.

Well no. Because those optimizations run so, so deep. Reputations. Ego. Agendas. Promises to investors ... 3/4

#agile #kanban #prodmgmt
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My product-nerd-friend @atheus...hey you should post a thread of some drawings. Here goes:

1. The classic “here’s why you do incremental delivery” drawing ... aka “how not to dig a deep hole”. Yet legacy budgeting practices encourage one/not other

#prodmgmt #ux #design @atheus
2. Here’s is the “perpetual cone of uncertainty” ... namely, unless you are a project shop, you’re likely to ALWAYS have uncertainty, even if you are also reducing it constantly

#prodmgmt #ux #design @atheus @ProductPlan
3. I’m seeing this crazy symmetry in terms of systems / technology & org design. They are all feeding into each other. Exhibit 1: the shift from batch processing to stream processing (cc @gwenshap ) and networked orgs @NielsPflaeging

#prodmgmt #ux #design @atheus @productplan
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The main excuse I've heard for tolerating abuse of women has been "We ignore him and are there for each other and the community." 1/n
I'm glad now that great competing events have arisen which not only create a safe environment for women but which repudiate harassment 2/n
Events such as @LeanAgileUS & @LeanAgileScot not only actively steward the respect & safety of those in attendance but are creating 3/n
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