Author: Preetam De

Pree: Lead time & Flow efficiency measures a system’s Efficiency – Not Effectiveness

Authored by Preetam De, June 19, 2018, a blogagility.com contributing author.

X: We have to improve our Flow efficiency & Lead time.

Me: How come? Our Flow efficiency is around 50% which is actually better than most development teams.

X: Yes it’s above average but still not reflecting on the revenue though. We need to improve it even more, some even have 80% which I think we need.

Me: I have my doubts. We have made the system as lean as we could. If we push too hard, we will start hitting bottlenecks. Also we are not a manufacturing company so we have no choice but to keep experimenting new features.

Neither of us above were totally wrong. We simply had different opinions towards what was important for the business under discussion. “Business” – what kind and why it exists is very important here. Not all businesses can achieve high flow efficiency as they have to experiment too much and fail many times to understand the end user’s real problem. Value is what we want to focus on. To make sense of this article let me define what efficient and effective means to me: Continue reading “Pree: Lead time & Flow efficiency measures a system’s Efficiency – Not Effectiveness”

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Product Owners are torn between being the “Leader-first” and the “Servant-first”

Authored by Preetam De, a blogagility.com contributing author.

When we talk about Servant Leadership the first role that comes to our mind is the Scrum Master. It is the first role ever, of its kind, which was created specifically for the sole purpose to “Serve”. Only if Robert K. Greenleaf was alive until 1998, he would be the happiest person to know that his whole life’s contribution has an effect on a dedicated leadership role; it changed everything especially the way we see management and leadership nowadays. Then we started seeing the rise of “Agile Coaches” which was created, I guess, to differentiate that servant leadership exists outside Scrum as well in an equally dedicated role.

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Stretched Target on a Sprint? Please Stop!

Authored by Preetam De, a blogagility.com contributing author.

In the last few days several people have asked me a question about stretched targets on Scrum sprints – not sure if it was a co-incidence or an ongoing vibe. So I will take a moment to explain it.

This article will not revisit the negative consequences in detail of having a stretch target. I will assume the obvious with a quick recap, so I can focus on the solution in detail rather than discussing the problem.

Quick Recap – Why do we think we need it?

  1. When we feel the need to manage a person rather than the work they do.
  2. When we focus on Efficiency over Effectiveness.
  3. When we focus more on tools and practices more than the principles behind them.
  4. To impress stakeholders they need everything “right now”
  5. To impress authority by over-estimating our capabilities
  6. When we assume – “What happened last sprint won’t happen again”
  7. When we don’t trust a team member and say “We need to keep them busy”

How can we avoid Stretch Targets?

A) By focusing on the flow of work that matches the business need Continue reading “Stretched Target on a Sprint? Please Stop!”