Fighting the Invisible Enemy

This talk focuses on demonstrating the presence and the negative impact of invisible queues in the work of real teams. The typical response is to focus on improving efficiencies or just to start new work. But what if these wait-states are actually where we should be focusing our improvement efforts first? These invisible piles of unfinished work slow us down far more than we realize, sucking team productivity, and making everything take longer than it should. In this session, you’ll see the power of focusing on flow and managing queues by visualizing them as timelines. I can’t get you out of boring meetings, but I can help you reduce waste so you can improve team flow and focus on building better software faster.

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Outline/Structure of the Talk

How to think about capacity - Parking lots and freeways

Critical properties of queues, and how they affect productivity for teams

Demonstrate how traffic simulations provide insights into how queues work

Demo flow data as timelines for real teams

10 ways of improving product development flow in effectively managing queues

Learning Outcome

Explain how teams should focus first on flow rather than capacity, by managing queues effectively

Understand critical characteristics of queues and how they impact team productivity

10 ways of improving product development flow in effectively managing queues

Target Audience

This talk is for team members who want to improve their product development flow.

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  • Christen McLemore
    By Christen McLemore  ~  4 months ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • good outline
    • outcomes will resonate with attendees

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • abstract could be more succinct - trim it down to attract the perfect attendee for your session
    • Paul Rayner
      By Paul Rayner  ~  3 months ago
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      Thanks for the great feedback Christen! I edited the abstract down to make it more concise and focused.