How jam makes you toast — the danger of being busy

Enrolling your leadership

  • Start with the somewhat obvious fact that delays degrade business value. The same features delivered later bring fewer dollars in.
  • Show them the math which makes clear how being too busy can cause massive delays which are hard to recover from.
  • Use the metaphor of metering lights and freeways to demonstrate the importance of limiting WIP.
  • If there is still hesitance, ask for their support to pilot this with a particular value stream (like a product line or scrum team).

Implementing WIP controls

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