Category Archives: management

How We Do Things – Who we are, Where we were, Where we stand

This content comes solely from my experience, study, and a lot of trial and error (mostly error). I make no claims stating that which works for me will work for you. As with all things, your mileage may vary, and … Continue reading 

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How we do things – Preamble and Contents

This content comes solely from my experience, study, and a lot of trial and error (mostly error). I make no claims stating that which works for me will work for you. As with all things, your mileage may vary, and … Continue reading 

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A Failed Opportunity To Coach, Teach, And Help Others Improve

A colleague in the nation of Pablo-The-Donkey asked a question on the LosTechies private mailing list: “Has anyone had experience with bringing agile into a workplace that has legacy code that hurts to touch, let alone wrap tests around and … Continue reading 

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Would you like to know how I do things?

Over the years, as I speak to other developers, or give presentations at events, I always end up with a lot of questions about “How do you…[x]?” It occurs to me that there’s an awful lot of information out there … Continue reading 

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A Kanban Board Is A Production Leveling Task Board

In the lean manufacturing world heijunka – production leveling – “is a technique for reducing the mura waste and vital to the development of production efficiency […]. The general idea is to produce intermediate goods at a constant rate, to … Continue reading 

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Kanban In Time-Boxes: The Cadence of WIP and Sprints

A comment that was left on a previous post, and a response that I made to the comment, got me thinking about Kanban and time boxes such as Sprints or Iterations some more. As I stated in my response, I … Continue reading 

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A Response to 5 Right Reasons to Apply Kanban

Michael Dubakov has a couple of great posts over at TargetProcess on 5 Wrong Reasons To Apply Kanban and 5 Reasons To Apply Kanban. I started to post this as a comment in response to his 5 Reasons To Apply … Continue reading 

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How To Get Started With Kanban In Software Development

There’s a lot of great talk around the inter-weber-net-o-sphere on why Kanban works in software development, how to do specific details of Kanban, how to effectively talk about it, and other such subjects. If you’re interested in a great set … Continue reading 

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Daycare As A Kanban System

I was discussing my two year old son’s daycare with my wife, yesterday, when it dawned on me that the daycare itself can be viewed as a Kanban system. A Kanban system is a system level process control system that … Continue reading 

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Branch-Per-Feature Source Control. Part 2: How (Theory)

In the first part of my Branch-Per-Feature (BPF) series, I talked about why you would want to use a source control strategy like BPF – what circumstances would warrant such a strategy, what problems it solves, and a little bit … Continue reading 

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