By Ángel Medinilla
If you've got attempted to enforce Agile on your association, you've gotten most likely discovered much approximately improvement practices, teamwork, approaches and instruments, yet too little approximately tips on how to deal with such a firm. but managerial aid is frequently the largest obstacle to effectively adopting Agile, and restricting your Agile efforts to these of the advance groups whereas doing an identical old-style administration will dramatically restrict the facility of your company to arrive the subsequent Agile level.
Ángel Medinilla will give you a complete knowing of what Agile potential to a firm and the manager’s position in such an atmosphere, i.e., find out how to deal with, lead and inspire self-organizing groups and the way to create an Agile company tradition. in line with his historical past as a “veteran” Agile advisor for firms of all sizes, he gives you insights and studies, issues out attainable pitfalls, offers functional methods and attainable situations, additionally together with certain feedback for extra reading.
If you're a supervisor, workforce chief, evangelist, switch agent (or no matter what great name) and which will push Agile additional on your association, then this can be your booklet. you are going to learn the best way to switch the paradigm of what administration is ready: it isn't approximately arbitrary judgements, consistent supervision and growth regulate, and the negotiation of fixing requisites. it truly is approximately motivation, self-organization, accountability, and the exploitation of all undertaking stakeholders’ wisdom. we are living in a unique international than the person who such a lot administration specialists of the 20th century describe, and corporations that attempt for achievement and excellence will desire a new type of supervisor – Agile managers.
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If you divide the value-adding time by the total time – including queues, delays, waiting periods, and non-value-adding activities – you’ll have a performance ratio indicator of your process. For companies that haven’t been through a Lean initiative, performance ratios of 9–20% are not unusual. If you do your first Value Stream Map and you obtain something above 50%, don’t congratulate yourself too much – you have to look twice, possibly with the help of an expert. Optimizing the value stream is not only a matter of mapping, measuring, and reducing: it is a crucial exercise to understand and see your company as a whole, not as independent black boxes each of them trying to do the best for themselves.
But one of them is especially important because of its relevance that has been recognized recently in the IT industry: Kanban systems. “The two pillars of the Toyota production system are just-in-time production and automation with a human touch, or autonomation. ” –Taiichi Ohno, The Toyota Production System Modern Kanban authors like David J. Anderson make a difference between “kanban,” a tool to manage demand, and “Kanban,” with a capital “K,” a framework to look at production systems, spot bottlenecks, and trigger employee empowerment and continuous improvement.
Kanban cards, team boards, signs, banners, Andon devices, A3 handwritten reports, floor layout lines, or silhouetted tool boxes where you can easily know where to place everything are typical examples of visual management in a Lean manufacturing plant. Visual control devices also foster team collaboration, employee empowerment, and a sense of ownership that no electronic tool has been able to reproduce. 8. Use only reliable, thoroughly tested technology that serves your people and processes. Align technology with your process and not the other way round.
Agile Management: Leadership in an Agile Environment by Ángel Medinilla