Story Telling - Unleash the Promise of Agile – Can Finding Your Bottleneck Cut Your Time in Half?

Could changing one simple thing be the secret to transforming your business, giving you the ability to deliver the highest possible customer value in the shortest amount of time?

Inspired by Steve Denning and Rich Sheridan (Joy Inc.), who consider themselves organizational story tellers and Daniel Vacanti's book, "Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability", I will tell the story of how, what I thought was a simple weekend project, turned into a learning opportunity about Lean Agile principles. Join me and listen to the entertaining story of how I unleashed the promise of agile by removing constraints, achieving flow and establishing sustainable throughput of value.

In this fun and engaging workshop, you will learn:

  • The one secret that could be the key to transforming your business
  • How to identify bottlenecks and discover continuous throughput of value and predictability
  • How to optimize system flow and reduce batch and cycle times by half
  • Why optimizing the flow of any system is the single most important factor in the delivery of sustainable value to your customers

I will share my personal journey of discovery, riddled with challenges and constraints, and provide participants an opportunity to explore their constraints and what bottlenecks are impeding their ability to deliver the highest customer value in the shortest amount of time.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Session Outline:

20 minutes - Story Telling

3 minutes - Participants use silent writing to reflect on their own constraints and bottlenecks

10 minutes - Participants break into small teams of 2-3 people, and take turns sharing their constraints and coach each other to explore solutions.

5 minutes - wrap up, QA and other discussion

Learning Outcome

This session is about changing the mindset of how people think about approaching their work. I want participants to understand that if they examine their work, both personally and professional, identify the bottlenecks to achieving flow and find a new way to approach their work differently, the results are unimaginable. If I could achieve such drastic results on a home improvement project, think what they could do at work? I simply changed one thing while doing the same work, with the same tools and the same work in process limit. This is the promise of agile. This is about transformation - how can you change the way you approach your work and deliver the highest sustainable value to your customers in the most predictive manner.

I want people to leave this session not only thinking about how they can improve their experience at work, but thinking how this could have a true impact on their personal lives.

I’ll be telling the story of finding the bottleneck while painting cracks in-between boards on my deck. Here are some interesting numbers and realizations:

  • Batch 1 (4 boards): 1 hour
  • Remaining batches: 7.5 (30 boards/4 WIP)
  • Projected Remaining Time to Completion: 7.5 total hours
  • Retrospective Time-Out: 1.5 hours
  • Remaining Time Needed to Complete all Work: 9 hours (7.5 hours + 1.5 hours)

My reality is:

“If I continue to work this way, there is no hope that I will finish the job in today’s time box.”

Listen to my story that after changing the way I approached my work, I achieved the following results:

Batch #

(4 boards)

Cycle Time

In Minutes

1

60

2

40

3

10 + 9

4

29

5

33

6

28

7

30

8

29

8.5*

(2 boards)

Not calculated as is was specialized work

Final Outcome:

Optimizing the flow of any system is the single most important factor in delivering sustainable value to your customers.

Target Audience

The target audience is anyone that wants to open their mind to thinking about a differnt way of approaching their work. Anyone you wants to benefit from working more efficiently and effectively should attend.

Prerequisite

There are no prerequisites. Just a good sense of humor and an open mind.

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  • Jennifer Hinton
    By Jennifer Hinton  ~  3 days ago
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    Hi Kelly, 

    Thanks for the submission!  Could you provide a few examples of what you intend to share within your Story Telling section of the outline? 

    -Jennifer 

    • Kelly Thoma
      By Kelly Thoma  ~  2 days ago
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      Thank you for the comment and the review of the proposal. I will be giving this talk at Agile Camp 2017 in Sept in Newark, NJ and the organizers have helped me update the proposal to make it more appealing.

      I’d like to ask you if I can make the following changes to my proposal and wanted to check and see if that is ok with you. I’ve also attached a copy of my slides. I welcome any feedback and suggestions you may have and again, appreciate your time.

      I’ll be telling the story of finding the bottleneck while painting cracks in-between boards on my deck. Here are some interesting numbers and realization:

       

      • Batch 1 (4 boards): 1 hour
      • Remaining batches: 7.5 (30 boards/4 WIP)
      • Projected Remaining Time to Completion: 7.5 total hours
      • Retrospective Time-Out: 1.5 hours
      • Remaining Time Needed to Complete all Work: 9 hours (7.5 hours + 1.5 hours) 

      My Reality: “If I continue to work this way, there is no hope that I will finish the job in today’s time box.”

      After changing the way I approached me work, here are my results:

       

      Batch #

      (4 boards)

      Cycle Time

      In Minutes

      1

      60

      2

      40

      3

      10 + 9

      4

      29

      5

      33

      6

      28

      7

      30

      8

      29

      8.5*

      (2 boards)

      Not calculated as is was specialized work

       

      Optimizing the flow of any system is the single most important factor in delivering sustainable value to your customers.

       

      Suggested Title Change:

      Unleash the Promise of Agile – Can Finding Your Bottleneck Cut Your Time in Half

       

      Suggested Description Change:

       

      Could changing one simple thing be the secret to transforming your business, giving you the ability to deliver the highest possible customer value in the shortest amount of time?

      Inspired by Steve Denning and Rich Sheridan (Joy Inc.), who consider themselves organizational story tellers and Daniel Vacanti's book, "Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability",  I will tell the story of how, what I thought was a simple weekend project, turned into a learning opportunity about Lean Agile principles. Join me and listen to the entertaining story of how I unleashed the promise of agile by removing constraints, achieving flow and establishing sustainable throughput of value.

      In this fun and engaging workshop, you will learn:

      • The one secret that could be the key to transforming your business
      • How to identify bottlenecks and discover continuous throughput of value and predictability
      • How to optimize system flow and reduce batch and cycle times by half
      • Why optimizing the flow of any system is the single most important factor in the delivery of sustainable value to your customers
      • I will share my personal journey of discovery, riddled with challenges and constraints, and provide participants an opportunity to explore their constraints and what bottlenecks are impeding their ability to deliver the highest customer value in the shortest amount of time. 
      • Jennifer Hinton
        By Jennifer Hinton  ~  2 days ago
        reply Reply

        Hi Kelly, 

        Absolutely. Something to keep in mind, we are in the midst of our final round of reviewing submissions over the next few days so the sooner the better.  

        -Jennifer

        • Kelly Thoma
          By Kelly Thoma  ~  2 days ago
          reply Reply

          Hi Jennifer,

          Thank you for the opportunity. My proposal has been updated.

          Warm Regards,

          Kelly


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