Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 5: How Flow Changes Everything

The discussion to now: Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 1: Seeing Your System Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 2: Effect on People Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 3: Managing Performance Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 4: Defining Accountability When you move from resource efficiency (experts and handoffs from expert to expert) …

Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 4: Defining Accountability

This is the next in a series of posts about resource efficiency vs. flow efficiency… Managers new to agile often ask, “How do I know people will be accountable?” Let’s tease apart the pieces of accountability: Accountable to the project for finishing their own work Accountable to their team for participating fully by doing their …

Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 3: Managing Performance

Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 1: Seeing Your System explains resource efficiency and flow efficiency. Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 2: Effect on People explains why flow efficiency helps you get features done faster. Here, in part 3, I’ll address the performance management question. New-to-agile (and some experienced) managers ask, “How can I manage …

Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 2: Effect on People

If you haven’t read Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 1: Seeing the System,  I explain there about optimizing for a given person’s work vs. optimizing for features. Some people (including managers) new to agile have questions about working in flow vs. optimizing for a person. The managers ask: How do I know the work …

Resource Efficiency vs. Flow Efficiency, Part 1: Seeing Your System

I’ve been working with a number of people who want to work in a more agile way. These nice folks have one stumbling block: resource efficiency vs. flow efficiency. This is partly because of how they see the system of work. If you ever used phases or a waterfall approach, you might have tried to …

Saying No to More Work

If you are like most people I know, it doesn’t matter what approach you take to your projects—your manager has too much work for you to do. Instead of a potential career-limiting conversation, frame the conversation so you can show your manager you’re considering his or her perspective. Here are some options for how to …