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Rocks in a Jar

October 30, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I heard this story years ago at a Stephen Covey time management seminar.

The instructor held up a big, open-mouthed jar. On the table were lots of rocks. He started picking up the rocks and carefully placed them in the jar until no more would fit. He then asked the attendees who thought the jar was full?

Most people raised their hands.


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The Top 10 (Or So) Things I Wish Everyone Knew about Agile

October 19, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Students in my Kanban training classes ask great questions. Many of these questions come up so often that I have started a list of my "Top 10 (or so) things I wish people knew about Lean-Kanban."

Here is my list and I'd like to know what you think should be added. I will be filling in more information about these over the next few weeks, so keep checking in with me.


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Don’t Compare Apples and Oranges – Inter-Team Velocity Comparisons

October 10, 2011 — Posted by Ken Pugh

Velocity is the number of story-points completed during an iteration. It is the most common and natural metric for teams using iterations. Time-over-time, the team can measure its increase (or decrease) in its effectiveness in delivering releasable implementations of requirements. It is powerful and effective within a team.

It is not, however, effective between teams.


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Saying "Eliminate Waste" Is Not Useful - Part 1

September 19, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

"Eliminate Waste!" This is one of the earliest mantras of Lean that people learn. It is easy to say but it can cause problems if we consider it a means - instead it is actually a goal. Forgetting this sets the student up for a long bout of wasted effort or at least incomplete results.


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The Importance of Mindsets - Part II

September 18, 2011 — Posted by Al Shalloway

In The Importance of Mindsets, I described why your mindset, where you think from, is critical.


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