2 seconds improvements and Visualization

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2 seconds improvements are very important but it’s very difficult to see the value in a long-term as such actions are focused on small and early wins.
Visualization has certain power in it. it helps to see things in perspective. 
Sticky notes, paper and marker comes to the rescue. Simple visualisation how doing small things helps to big something huge. I guess that’s from where such things come from:

  • continuous improvement
  • continuous integration
  • continuous deployment
  • continuous refactoring
  • continuous value delivery
  • sprints
  • ….

2 seconds improvements

Leave developers alone

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If you are working in a product development company most probably you are doing something wrong if start changes and improvements in a technology departments/teams. Little by little i start to understand that.

Leave developers alone, let them do the work they love and focus instead on the flow and other challenges which require attention and might be missed:

  • Understand and communicate the essence of the product
  • Identify business value and stakeholders’ needs and make sure this is delivered regularly
  • Clarify, negotiate and communicate the important priorities and dates
  • Balance the needs
  • Work effectively with development team(s)
  • Identify, track and address things blocking progress
  • Gather and spread information

Developers can help with all these activities, but most probably they don’t love this type of work. That is why they are not managing the product and don’t want to act as Product Owner or Product Manager.

Want to learn – explain

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Want to learn a topic – try to explain it to others. Actually I underestimated this practice or idea I heard from teachers in school and university. But had a chance to prove myself wrong. Several conversations I had recently regarding value structure helped me to understand what things needs to be done and which approach is better to use. Trying to share or explain ideas to others helps to shape up thinking, find answers for grey zones and bring up new ideas from others.

That’s why communities and meetups work – you learn. Took me too long to understand that.

Value structure

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Forget old company structure – it doesn’t support growth! By the way did you notice that clients, customers or users are never represented in organizational structure? It is like company exists for itself, but not for the clients…

Inspired by Niels Pflaeging ideas was writing some posts about what type of change we are introducing in my company. Any change is not an easy thing to do as different people need different arguments. Analogy with Scrum framework helps to explain these ideas to those practicing Scrum. I must say this comparison is so obvious that you get buy-in instantly.

But there are other people in the company. I found this article about product lines which basically is orientation towards value but has this smell of control and hierarchy. But even with control mindset and orientation towards value creation brings such benefits:

  • Improved productivity by as much as 10x
  • Increased quality by as much as 10x
  • Decreased cost by as much as 60%
  • Decreased labor needs by as much as 87%
  • Decreased time to market (to field, to launch) by as much as 98%
  • Ability to move into new markets in months, not years

Have no idea how precise are these numbers and how they were collected, but i think this can help to sell it to top management. What do you think?

p.s. posts that i mentioned above:

  • Org. design: value structure Highlights from my presentation where i try to explain why do we need value oriented structure in the company