Lean and Agile Category

Kaizen Camp Australia 2013 event reflection

Kaizen Camp was held in Melbourne this week, 20-21 May 2013.  Kaizen Camp is an unconference held in the style of Lean Coffee with 8 sessions, 60 attendees and over 50 topics discussed.  It was the first Kaizen Camp in Australia. The great part of Kaizen Camp is the networking, learning and knowledge sharing using […]

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Passed the PMI-ACP Exam

Yesterday I passed the PMI – Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam with Proficient results. Woo Hoo!! I took a very very light weight approach to my preparation.  I am currently very time poor which has led me to do minimal and just enough study. I did not read any of the prescribed reference books for […]

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LAST Conference 2012 Notes

Last week I attended the LAST Conference (Lean, Agile, Systems Thinking) held at Swinburne University.  The LAST Conference is a big departure from the Agile Australia 2012 conference I attended earlier this year.  There was no fanfare, no big build up, little corporate advertising and significantly less people.  It was also only $50 for the […]

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Agile, Walt Disney Creativity Strategy and Ritual Dissent

Recently a colleague and I were facilitating an agile project initiation workshop.  To help the team to come up with ideas and formulate solutions for the problem they were trying to solve we used a method that combined the Walt Disney Creativity Strategy and Ritual Dissent. The Walt Disney Creativity Strategy The Walt Disney Creativity […]

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Innovation through customer collaboration and feedback

Nordstrom is one of USA’s leading fashion specialty retailers and is a Fortune 500 company (2011 – ranked 254).  When I think of a fashion retail company, innovation isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.  So how does a large retail company like Nordstrom innovate?  Through the creation of a Lean Startup team, called […]

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Quotes from Taiichi Ohno

I came across a great article by Masaaki Imai on Gemba Panta Rei celebrating Taiichi Ohno’s 100th Birthday which contained some of his brilliant quotes on management and thought I will re-post them: “Let the flow manage the processes, and not let management manage the flow”. In the lean approach, the starting point of the […]

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Is this the ultimate test on usability?

Apple have been innovative in their great customer experience with their touch screen gesture controls in their iPhone and iPad products. Is this video showing the ultimate form of usability (UX) – a baby using a product? You will notice that the baby gets no response using the hand gestures from the magazine and thinks […]

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Email is a time waster

Reading the paper on the train home from work I came across this article. Banning corporate email seems to be an extreme approach, but I do agree emails are sometimes a waste of time as its a poor form of communication.  I think we have become lazy with technology and send too many emails when […]

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Leadership styles

Donald Gray has written a great and interesting article on Three Leadership Styles, based observations on managing traffic at an intersection.  In the article the most successful leader is the one that sees people as “adults that most of the time they can take care of themselves, and that the role of a manager is […]

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Useless sprint goals

A sprint goal helps to enable the team to focus on for the next 2 weeks.  What does everyone want the team to work on next?   The Scrum Guide [Oct 2011] states: The Sprint Goal gives the Development Team some flexibility regarding the functionality implemented within the Sprint.  As the Development Team works, it keeps […]

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