Author Archives: Patrick Steyaert

When change is the bottleneck

A couple of weeks ago I was doing an in-company Kanban workshop. I knew the team that participated in the workshop from before. I had been working briefly with them a few years ago. From the moment people started coming … Continue reading

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Lead time, Loopbacks, Leadership and Learning – 4L root cause analysis of programme performance

Recently I was asked with a colleague to perform a root cause analysis of a large transformation programme. The expectation of the customer was not to perform an assessment of the programme against a best-practice model but really to find … Continue reading

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Discovery and the whole systems Kanban

The whole systems view and deliberate discovery The focus of Lean is on delivering value. The purpose is to deliver value for the business that pays for it. Value of the product is not in the delivery but in the use … Continue reading

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From Stocks to Flows (and from portfolio to end-to-end)

At LSSC12, Mike Burrows organized an evening meeting on “portfolio stuff” (sic). He is reporting about this on his blog. In his blog he wonders whether the name “portfolio management” is the right name as it carries the bagage of … Continue reading

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Lean Programme Transformation

Background For a while now I have been eager to look at the bigger picture of Lean and Kanban beyond the pure software development context. My inspiration comes mainly from the work of Alan Ward, Micheal Kennedy, John Shook and … Continue reading

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Using Cynefin to make sense of projects

Since a couple of years we have been using Cynefin to help our customers to make sense of the different domains of projects they are executing. The motivation for doing so, is that we strongly believe that the one-size-fits-all approach that dominates most … Continue reading

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Understanding value

Title: Understanding value Catalogue: Lean Adaptive Management What this pattern is about: business alignement around value creation, the adaptive cycle of products and services, understanding value through a sense making framework Maximizing value Story: Wim and his team have worked hard … Continue reading

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Cynefin, Panarchy, PDCA, OODA and value creation curves

The last couple of years I have been making use of Cynefin to make sense of complexity in project organizations. Cynefin has helped me to make sense of how projects differ and how to cope with these differences. More recently I … Continue reading

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Manage the project end-to-end life-cycle with Kanban

Title: Manage the project end-to-end  life-cycle with Kanban (previously was “Accelerate the project flow with Kanban”) Catalogue: Lean Adaptive Management – Addressing project management challenges with Kanban What this pattern is about: the project life-cycle – from idea to implementation; the communication bottleneck – … Continue reading

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Manage project and functional teams with Kanban

Title: Manage project and functional teams with Kanban Catalogue: Lean Adaptive Management – Addressing project management challenges with Kanban What this pattern is about: the project organization – from functional to projectized; the resource bottleneck – multi-tasking and shifting priorities; … Continue reading

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