Business Efficiency? Watch the Ball, not the Player

In football, the team that wins is the one that gets the ball in the other team’s goal most times. Not the one that runs the most. What matters most is what is happening to the ball. So, we need to watch the ball, not the player. Business is no different. In Knowledge Work what …

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Don’t Be a Ditka

Or, Can You Prioritize Your Way to Optimizing Value?Or, CD3 is Bollocks TL;DR: CD3 is often touted as a prioritization/sequencing method used to help an organization maximize its value delivery. However, CD3 requires a specific set of assumptions to be true in order to provide an optimal result. Those assumptions are simply not valid in …

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Conway Is Killing You And Little Is Helping

Conway’s Law In 1968, Melvin Conway wrote the paper “How Do Committees Invent”. One of his observations in that paper (among numerous interesting ones) was declared Conway’s Law. Conway’s Law states — Any organization that designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of …

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Slack is not a dirty word: How ‘slack’ can improve your products

In a Kanban system you introduce WIP limits at each step of the value flow. This means, that if you get stuck at any one step in the flow and things are not moving forward, then all those who operate in earlier stages of the system enter a holding pattern. If you’re explaining Kanban to …

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