Agile teams are optimized for flow. No matter if you are using Scrum, XP, SAFe, Nexus, Kanban or anything in between, flow is the key principle and enabler to business agility, effectiveness and motivated employees.
But what is flow really, when should we start counting and what role does upstream processes play in our goal to achieve it? More and more people and organizations are starting to realize that these are not trivial questions and what happens before our Scrum Sprints or in the upstream part of our Kanban board is probably the real bottleneck to increased effectiveness.
In this presentation I will talk about the upstream part of your process and how to optimize it. How can we avoid teams asking for more and more detailed upfront specifications to “save their sprints” or situations where we can barely start work before we are blocked by another missing clarification? What role can things like Commitment Points, Option theory, Discovery Kanban boards and Lean UX practices play and how can we achieve flow not just in the Sprint but across the entire value chain?
Come a long and be inspired to see “Refinement” in a new light and get tips and tricks to take back home and use the next day – no matter your chosen Agile process.
Implementing Agile and Lean principles in the context of innovation and IT has been Jesper’s work and passion for more than a decade. He has great passion for continuous improvement and is constantly trying out new principles, tools and practices to find better ways of delivering great solutions and make work easier and more enjoyable for everybody.
Jesper works with the entire value stream from C-level to individual team members and is equally at home mentoring the CEO and coaching the delivery team. Jesper runs his own companyhttp://www.agileupgrade.com and regularly speaks at local meetups and Agile and Lean conferences. He is a Kanban Coaching Professional, Kanban Management Professional and Accredited Kanban Trainer from LKU and has served as trackhost on numerous GOTO and QCon conferences. Jesper is the author of the two popular minibooks “Real Life Scrum” and “Priming Kanban”, which can both be downloaded for free at InfoQ.com.
Presently Jesper is enjoying work at Bankdata, with responsibility for developing scalable strategies, tactics and concepts for applying the Toyota Kata improvement method in an IT-development context as well as deploying the initiative across all teams and management layers in the organization.