Performance Reviews

One of the things that makes my commute to work enjoyable (next to the BBC Friday night comedy hour) is the LeanBlog podcast. In it Mark Graban talks to different people about Lean. The people he talks to have varying backgrounds, and the general quality of the podcast is very high. One of the podcasts … Continue reading Performance Reviews

Kanban for a Recruitment Agency

At Qualogy, where I work, we have a team that acts as a recruitment agency for freelancers towards our customers, so that we can help our customers fill open positions even when we don’t have a suitable internal candidate. This team’s main goal is to find suitable candidates as quickly as possible, offer them to … Continue reading Kanban for a Recruitment Agency

Scrum vs. Kanban: A Game of Life?

I've been following some of the discussions on the differences between Scrum and Kanban. And learning more about Kanban, of course. One point that is emphasized a lot is that Kanban requires fewer up-front changes than Scrum does. The term "Big Change Up-Front" has even been coined, by Alan Shalloway. There's certainly truth in that. Scrum … Continue reading Scrum vs. Kanban: A Game of Life?

Scrum vs. Kanban? Not really…

Peter Stevens, over at  Scrum Breakfast has an interview up with Mary Poppendieck on Lean, Scrum, Kanban and Leadership. The part of the interview that caught my attention was a question on the relationship between Scrum, Kanban, and Lean in general. I like Mary's response a lot, where she basically states that Scrum and Kanban each … Continue reading Scrum vs. Kanban? Not really…

Learning is key

An old article I just came across, posits that learning is the thing of value in software development: When we present this hypothetical situation to students – many of them with 20+ years experience in building software – they typically respond with anywhere between 20% to 70% of the original time.  That is, rebuilding a … Continue reading Learning is key

Lean and Kanban Europe 2010 – Part 2 – Mary Poppendieck

Mary Poppendieck: What's this thing called "Pull" Mary Poppendieck had the second talk of the first day of the conference. She talked about "The power of pull". She started the presentation with a story on her introduction to pull at the video tape factory where she worked when video tape was still current. I didn't … Continue reading Lean and Kanban Europe 2010 – Part 2 – Mary Poppendieck

Lean and Kanban Europe 2010 – Part 1

I attended the Lean and Kanban Europe conference last week, and I thought I'd do a little write-up to share my impressions. As an Agile Coach and Scrum Master, I was going to this conference to find what parts of Lean and Kanban (in that order) could be of use for me when helping clients … Continue reading Lean and Kanban Europe 2010 – Part 1