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Coaching, Coding and Learning By George Evjen August 2016 Entries
This is Lean - The Art of being Extremely Inefficient
Book Notes from 'This is Lean' by Niklas Modig The Art of Being Extremely Inefficient Superfluous work is correctly perceived as adding value; we have to take care of all the receipts whether we like it or not. Yet, the core of superfluous work is that it addresses a need that has arisen due to a failure to satisfy the primary need. The root cause of superfluous work is actually a failure. Receipt example - processing each receipt involved at least four restarts since it is the minimum number of ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:12 AM

This is Lean -Variation on Processes
Book Notes - 'This is Lean' By Niklas Modig The Law of the Effect of Variation on processes. The third law that helps us - the connection between variation, resources efficiency and throughput time. Understanding variation and its impact is central to understanding flow efficiency. What is variation? There will always be variation in processes Divided into three different sources - Resources Flow units External factors Regardless of the source of the variation - it affects time. Either processing ......

Posted On Sunday, August 28, 2016 11:16 AM

This is Lean - Processes & Flow Efficiency
Book Notes from 'This is Lean' By Niklas Modig Two Forms of Efficiency Differ in Terms of Dependence Subtle but important difference between resource efficiency and flow efficiency. Fulfils the needs of its patients involves a transfer of value. A value transfer occurs when one side adds value and the other side receives value. High resource efficiency means the resource adds as much value as possible High Flow efficiency means the flow unit picks up as much value as possible. Resource efficiency ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 9:54 AM

This is Lean - Resource & Flow Efficiencies
Book Notes from 'This is Lean' by Niklas Modig Story of Alison and Sarah both being diagnosed with cancer - From finding the lump to diagnoses - difference of 500x faster for Sarah This is lean is a book about a new form of efficiency - 'flow efficiency' Flow efficiency focuses on the amount of time it takes from identifying a need to satisfying a need. Flow efficiency, how its created, and why various decisions improve or worsen flow efficiency. How and why organizations are actually wasting resources ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:11 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 14
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa AdkinsAgile Coach Failure, Recovery, and Success Modes I have categorized common failures and successes as ways of operating or Modes. Failure and success modes. As I fell into traps less and less, the teams I coached got 'inexplicable' better results. Agile Coach Failure Modes The Spy : spends just enough time observing the team to pick up on topics. The Seagull : swoops in at stand-ups, poops all over the team. The Opinionator : expresses opinions ......

Posted On Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:57 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 13
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' by Lyssa Adkins Surplus Ideas Required Needing a surplus of ideas necessitates a creative environment Team members will not come up with the breakthrough ideas when under constant pressure to produce. "The challenges in organizations start with the frenetic pace many people feel compelled to maintain" Breakthroughs come when people take the time to stop and examine their assumptions. The sprint review and retrospective build in the pause to crucial for breakthroughs ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:57 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 12
Book Notes - Coaching Agile Teams By Lyssa Adkins Carrying Complaints An agile coach helps the team see that conflict is normal - and useful Conflict seething just below the surface is clearly not constructive One part of the agile coach's job revolves around removing impediments to work. Three step intervention path - ask the complainer the following Have you shared your concerns and feelings about this with? [blank] should know of your concerns. Would it help if I would go with you? May I tell ......

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2016 4:25 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 11
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa Adkins Coach as Conflict Navigator Patrick Lencioni - The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - names fear of conflict as one of the five dysfunctions. Citing is as the main reason that teams struggle Highly collaborative teams use conflict constructively. On an agile team - in our pursuit of excellence we know that conflict arise and that we can expect both harmony and disharmony Move from conflict to constructive disagreement. The Agile Coach's Role in Conflict ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:03 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 10
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' By Lyssa Adkins Coach as Problem Solver I used to solve problems for team Looking ahead and solving problems I thought were coming even though they hadnt happened yet Issues and risk management. When I started working agile - brought problems solving skills with me Caught me in the act of solving problems for a team - gave a look "are you sure you really want to do that?" Problem solving mode - doing something for someone else, which is really -doing something ......

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2016 4:27 PM

Coaching Agile Teams - 9
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Teams' by Lyssa Adkins Learning About the Team Launch into learning about the team The guiding lights for this product - the team - are a shared vision and team norms Create a Shared Vision Teams need goals at multiple levels What's in it for me What's in it for us as a team What's in it for the company What's in it for the world Creating this vision starts from the individual out. 'when this project is over, I want to say I haveā€¦' Give people permission to talk about ......

Posted On Friday, August 5, 2016 11:46 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 8
Book Notes from "Coaching Agile Teams" By Lyssa Adkins Coach as Teacher An agile coach takes on the job of teacher many times throughout the life of a team. Constantly coach teams to come back to the simple and powerful - where agile thrives. Details prime teaching times and topics. Teach agile during team startup During restarts During unexpected moments Teaching roles in agile Continuously holding people the best expression of those roles. Teaching During the Team Start-Up When a company wants ......

Posted On Thursday, August 4, 2016 11:10 AM

Coaching Agile Teams - 7
Book Notes from 'Coaching Agile Team' By Lyssa Adkins Coach as Facilitator A healthy agile team works together in high-bandwidth, high quality communication. They know the plan on a release by release basis and on a daily basis Another voice on the team discussing todays problem, or I can step fully into this role of agile coach, helping them get better and better. The agile coach facilitates by creating a 'container' for the team to fill up their astounding ideas and innovations With informal conversations, ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 3, 2016 7:46 PM

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