In our journey to steady and efficient flow we use Agile Metrics to idetinfy every aspect that hinders flow.
Waste is an enemy of flow. Optimize your process and tools to minimize defects, blockages and cancelled work in progress.
Minimum Actionable Planning
MAP – The Kanban Ace Way for Agile Planning. Make simple executable plans and avoid extra planning for uncertain work items. Do not prioritize work items in backlog that you are not going to start soon or not clear.
The chances that uncertain work will get less priority or different meaning are still high. So do not waste your effort. Just-in-Time planning and prioritizing, when you commit for work items is your best strategy.
There is nothing worse than wasting scarce resources. Invest in quality assurance resources, processes and tools to minimize defects. You will enjoy your return-on-invest later in the form of more focus, better communications and much better flow efficiency.
Limit Work in Progress – WIP
Reducing waste does also mean minimizing cancelled work in progress.
Prioritizing work items Just in Time before pulling a work item into the board has some advantages. Among others it will help you minimize cancelling Work in Progress.
Agile Metrics Workshop aims at introducing proven Metrics, Methods and Tools to Kanban & Scrum teams. These allow for highly Predictable Delivery. Additionally, Management and Teams will be able to make Projections & Accurate Forecasting.