For few months, I have been using a Personal Kanban board like the one below:  Figure 1: My current personal kanban board  This is not an usual style for a Personal Kanban implementation. A more common way is to distribute tasks in limited columns representing items to do, ready, doing and done, which it is an interesting model once it creates visibility in terms of tasks in focus and also encourages flow. My design, however, puts in place a different model. I call it "the initiative box" and I have been using it not only for my Personal Kanban, but also for helping clients to visualize their portfolio of initiatives.  Semantics The semantics of the "Initiative Box" is c... [More]

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Posted on: 7/12/2011 at 5:15 PM
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Last May at the Lean SSC 2011 conference I introduced my thoughts to some colleagues about the interpretation of what I think would be one of the fundamental elements in knowledge work systems: cycles of evaluations of assumptions. Alan Shalloway has recently taken this conversation forward, connecting these thoughts to other ideas related to risk and flow on this blog post. So, I have decided to write about the topic in more detail so we can explore this in terms of understanding what I think is part of what the Lean-Kanban and Agile communities do and why it matters so much.   Why we should care about assumptions   Assumptions are at the heart of all knowledge work act... [More]

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Posted on: 6/30/2011 at 3:18 AM
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Nas próximas semanas estarei em Brasília visitando algumas empresas e me reunindo com pessoas interessadas em saber mais sobre como utilizar Kanban para otimizar seus processos de trabalho. Estarei apresentando também duas palestras sobre o tema nos dias: 18 de maio (terça-feira) de 19:00 às 20:30 da noite. 19 de maio (quarta-feira) de 10:00 às 11: 30 da manhã.  Entrada Franca!  As apresentações serão realizadas no excelente Auditório do 2o. Andar da Biblioteca Nacional de Brasília, que possui um programa muito interessante de disseminação de conhecimento para a comunid... [More]

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Posted on: 5/13/2010 at 9:04 AM
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The snow ball effect: that is the metaphor that I was thinking about when I have prepared the talk "Making the Work Visible" for the Lean Software and System Conference occurred last week in Atlanta. The first idea turns around visualization as a catalyst for obtaining system understanding. To visualize an specific characteristic of your process, you need to think about it in a structured way, connecting this visualization to underline properties of your system. The exercise of doing that continuously generates understanding, which is what we are looking for at the end. On the other hand, something interesting happens when you raise your level of system understanding. New ideas emerge. The ... [More]

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Posted on: 4/25/2010 at 1:59 PM
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The day was April, 24th, 2010. The place a restaurant at the Lenoux Mall in Atlanta. The event, an special speaker lunch attended by a meaningful representation of the Lean/Kanban community. On this space/time reference, I had the most important experience of my professional life ever: It was officially announced that I have won one of the inaugural Brickell Key Awards for my recent work in applying Lean/Kanban techniques to design a technical/operational environment regarding the service-oriented business that I own in Brazil, a company called Phidelis. The award itself should be enough to remove the floor below me. But, in addition, it was given to me in a special event illuminated by a ra... [More]

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That was the title of my presentation last Thursday at Agiles 2009, 2nd Latin-American conference on Agile Development Methodologies. I have designed this presentation trying to summarize what the Kanban community is trying to spread recently as a new way to manage knowledge work. Download the slides here to follow this post about the presentationBy the way, knowledge work was the first topic of the presentation. The initial discussion was about how software development fits with knowledge work (slide #1) and how such activities can be associated with a huge quantity of variations in scenarios and contexts (slides #3 to #6). Understanding the nature of knowledge... [More]

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Posted on: 10/11/2009 at 3:25 PM
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Last saturday I was at Agile Brazil 2009 conference. It was a great one-day conference with a lot of influential brazilian Agile thought leaders and practitioners talking about Agile. Interesting how Rio de Janeiro offers an audience with high mature levels of knowledge to discuss and argue about software development. It's definitely a great place to host national and international conferences about Agile.It's also interesting to watch Lean and Kanban become so controversial in the Agile world. I can classify the Agile Communitty impressions about the "Flow Paradigm" in four categories:1) People that believe in this paradigm as the only alternative for their proje... [More]

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Posted on: 6/29/2009 at 11:32 AM
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I always looked at risk management activities using the event-driven risk approach offered by the current project management traditions.Perhaps because of this, I've never paid so much attention on this topic before, as I am doing now. Flying back to Brazil from the conference in Miami, I had the opportunity to read the amazing piece of text that David Anderson wrote about Risk Management on the proceeding book of the conference. After that, I've started to think about risks in a different dimension. Now, I’m diving on this conclusion:Mutual Trust Relationships can be sustained by intrinsic risk management mechanisms.There is definitely something more in dea... [More]

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Posted on: 5/12/2009 at 4:58 PM
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Last week I was in Miami attending the Lean and Kanban conference. This post contains my personal view about the conference and about some hot topics that gain my attention while I was there.   Between Sessions on the 2nd day Structuring the community  The announcement of the new Lean Software and Systems Consortium makes me think about how important is to take this community to a next level in terms of organization. I have this perception that the Lean community is fragmented today in a couple of different trends. It would be cool if this Consortium could be a real representation of the whole Lean community. But I really don´t know if it is goin... [More]

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Posted on: 5/10/2009 at 8:40 AM
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Less than two months left to the Lean and Kanban Conference in Miami and some exciting news have just happened last days.The price is lower now and there are options for choosing between a "Full Lean Day", a "Full Kanban Day" or both. Look at the final version of the promotional flyer and open the conference web site to read more: Using David Anderson's words: "the greatest ever assembled group of experts in Lean software development will be convening in Miami in May to explore the frontiers of agile and lean in software development". He is talking about: Alan Shalloway, Dean Leffingwell, Peter Middleton, James Sutton, Core... [More]

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Posted on: 3/11/2009 at 8:33 PM
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