lead time Archive

Whiskey, Sushi and Flow

Whiskey sushi and flow from paulocaroli abstract: Come participate in a conversation that challenges you to think about everyday implicit flow parameters. Let’s chat about my bar, and my frustration while waiting for a temaki on a Japanese restaurant.. These examples will help us understand and talk about flow parameters and queues. Whiskey sushi and
Category: Flow

Little’s law and stable systems

Little’s law is defined in terms of stable systems. On my previous post, I have described my bar as a stable system: “Whenever a bottle finishes, I remove it from the bar. Then I open a new one, and add it to the bar. My bar is a stable system: the rate at which whiskey
Category: Flow

Lead time: Applying Little’s Law to track it

“The average number of work items in a stable system is equal to their average completion rate, multiplied by their average time in the system.” ~ John Little, 1961 The text above is from “A Proof for the Queuing Formula” by Little, J. D. C. (1961). It is knows as the Little’s law. By solving
Category: Flow

Lead Time – three extremely simple ways to manually track it

Lead time—the time elapsed from the work start to  completion– is important and is a key performance indicator (KPI) that every Agile team should track. Poor lead time causes bottlenecks in the team production flow, inefficiencies, delay costs, not to mention unhappy customers. Below are three extremely simple ways to manually track it on your
Category: Flow

Continuous Delivery: lead time and cycle time

I have seen quite a few people mixing up these terms: lead time and cycle time. I am not sure about the reason for the confusion.  I think Continuous Delivery provides a great example for explaining each one of these important parameters: lead time and cycle time. Manufacturing Lead time and cycle time are concepts
Category: Flow

7 ways to track lead time

7 Ways To Track Lead-Time from paulocaroli Abstract: Measuring lead time is important and is a key performance indicator (KPI) that every Agile team should track. Poor lead time causes bottlenecks in the team production flow, inefficiencies, delay costs, not to mention unhappy customers. Come to this session to discuss with others how to track
Category: Flow

Little Law, cycle time and throughput

In this blog entry I talk about whisky and Little Law. While sitting at my dining table I was thinking about a way to explain Little Law, cycle time and throughput. This idea came to mind once I did pour myself a glass of whisky. It was the last dose of a Macallan 12 bottle.
Category: Flow

Lead time vs cycle time; from Manufacturing to SW development

I have seen different definitions for lead time and cycle time in the Agile and Kanban communities (for SW development). From Lean manufacturing: lead time is the time between the initiation and delivery of a work item. cycle time is the time between two successive deliveries In my opinion, this translates directly to Agile SW
Category: Flow

Lead Time and bananas

Following the same convention from the Agile manifesto, I have came up with a new one: Leat Time and throughput over estimation and velocity Basically I want to emphasize the importance to measure and to act upon reducing leat time and improving throughput for the work we do. All Agile teams I worked with have
Category: Agile & Lean
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