Stop Starting, Start Finishing!

Stop Starting, Start Finishing!

This booklet tells the story of Justin - a project manager who achieved remarkable results with his team by doing very simple things! This guide covers the core concepts of Kanban for knowledge work, and shows how limiting your amount of work-in-progress can lead to getting things done better and faster.

Being Agile

Eleven Breakthrough Techniques to Keep You from "Waterfalling Backward"

Being Agile

Break the Old, Waterfall Habits that Hinder Agile Success: Drive Rapid Value and Continuous Improvement When agile teams don’t get immediate results, it’s tempting for them to fall back into old habits that make success even less likely. In Being Agile, Leslie Ekas and Scott Will present eleven powerful techniques for rapidly gaining substantial value from agile, making agile methods stick, and launching a “virtuous circle” of continuous improvement. Drawing on their experience helping more than 100 teams transition to agile, the authors review its key principles, identify corresponding practices, and offer breakthrough approaches for implementing them. Using their techniques, you can break typical waterfall patterns and go beyond merely “doing agile” to actually thinking and being agile. Ekas and Will help you clear away silos, improve stakeholder interaction, eliminate waste and waterfall-style inefficiencies, and lead the agile transition far more successfully. Each of their eleven principles can stand on its own: when you combine them, they become even more valuable. Coverage includes Building “whole teams” that cut across silos and work together throughout a product’s lifecycle Engaging product stakeholders earlier and far more effectively Overcoming inefficient “waterations” and “big batch” waterfall thinking Getting past the curse of multi-tasking Eliminating dangerous technical and project debt Repeatedly deploying “release-ready” software in real user environments Delivering what customers really need, not what you think they need Fixing the root causes of problems so they don’t recur Learning from experience: mastering continuous improvement Assessing whether you’re just “doing agile” or actually “being agile” Being Agile will be indispensable for all software professionals now adopting agile; for coaches, managers, engineers, and team members who want to get more value from it and for students discovering it for the first time.

Making Work Visible

Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow

Making Work Visible

Today’s IT workers are drowning in nonstop requests for time, days filled to the brim with meetings, and endless nights spent heroically fixing the latest problems. This churn and burn is creating a workforce constantly on the edge of burnout. In this timely book, IT time management expert Dominica DeGrandis reveals the real crime of the century—time theft, one of the most costly factors impacting enterprises in their day-to-day operations. Through simple solutions that make work visible, Degrandis helps people round up the five thieves of time and take back their lives with timesaving solutions. Chock-full of exercises, takeaways, real-world examples, colorful diagrams, and an easy-going writing style, readers will quickly learn effective practices to create high-performing workflows within an organization.

Data Visualization

Trends and Challenges Toward Multidisciplinary Perception

Data Visualization

This book discusses the recent trends and developments in the fields of information processing and information visualization. In view of the increasing amount of data, there is a need to develop visualization techniques to make that data easily understandable. Presenting such approaches from various disciplines, this book serves as a useful resource for graduates.

Kanban Change Leadership

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Kanban Change Leadership

Explains how and why Kanban offers a new approach to changein 21st Century businesses This book provides an understanding of what is necessary toproperly understand change management with Kanban as well as how toapply it optimally in the workplace. The book emphasizes criticalaspects, several traps which users repeatedly fall into, andpresents some practical guidelines for Kanban change management tohelp avoid these traps. The authors have organized the book intothree sections. The first section focuses on the foundations ofKanban, establishing the technical basis of Kanban and indicatingthe mechanisms required to enact change. In the second section, theauthors explain the context of Kanban change management—theoptions for change, how they can be set in motion, and theirconsequences for a business. The third section takes the topicsfrom the previous sections and relates them to the social system ofbusiness—the goal is to guide readers in the process ofbuilding a culture of continuousimprovement by reviewing real casestudies and seeing how Kanban is applied in varioussituations. Kanban Change Leadership: Explains how to implement sustainable system-wide changes usingKanban principles Addresses the principles and core practices of Kanban includingvisualization, WIP limits, classes of service, operation andcoordination, metrics, and improvement Describes implementation, preparation, assessment, training,feedback, commissioning, and operation processes in order to createa culture of continuous improvement Kanban Change Leadership is an educational andcomprehensive text for: software and systems engineers; IT projectmanagers; commercial and industrial executives and managers; aswell as anyone interested in Kanban.

Kanban

Visualize Work and Maximize Efficiency: Beyond the Basics

Kanban

Efficiency is the key to any project's success. Don't let your project fail by applying incorrect project management principles! Dicsover how how to stop starting and start finishing! In this book we will take you on a deeper tour of the principles underlying Kanban. Inside this book you'll learn: How you can get started with Kanban? How to measure flow efficiency of a Kanban process? Kanban metrics Kanban with lean Scrum-ban How to improve productivity How to scale Kanban across organizations? And much much more... Everything you need to learn about how you can enhance efficiency in your projects and organization is covered. You'll learn the best Kanban apps to use for project management and many more about Kanban board. If you have been looking for that gem which will increase your productivity or raise the productivity of your team members, this book has every tip and magic for you to learn and apply.

Scrumban Software Maintenance

Scrumban Software Maintenance

Software Development and Software Maintenance are distinctly different, with respect to the nature of work and execution of these activities. The work types, work sizes, workflow, required skills, and work stages are all different in Software Maintenance. The execution models that are in practice are primarily devised for software development work, and passed on to maintenance teams with the assumption that the work is similar. This mismatch in execution models has made Software Maintenance inefficient and ineffective. Therefore, it is prudent to look at the needs of Software Maintenance, and devise models, processes, and practices that suit its requirements. All these challenges pose great hurdles for Software Maintenance teams; they frequently stop and start work, switch contexts from one work request to another, and try to traverse the work requests through several silos of cross-functional teams. Over time, several execution models have evolved to address these challenges. Most of these follow agile and Lean methodologies. The model discussed in this publication is called Scrumban, a hybrid version of Kanban and Scrum. This version leverages the features of both models to Stop Starting to keep the work in progress at the minimum and Start Finishing to reduce the end-to-end lead time. This publication describes five steps to implement Scrumban in any Software Maintenance project. Who this book is for: This book is primarily written for anyone working on Software Maintenance projects - project managers, team leads, process coaches, technology analysts, designers, programmers, testers, and other change agents of the software engineering process groups. Just to make it simple, if your answer is "yes" to one or more of the following questions, then this book is for you: 1.Is your Software Maintenance and Support team always working on high priority work items? 2.Are there work items which need to be delivered on time without being impacted by unplanned and emergency work items? 3.Does your team miss or postpone release dates more often than usual? How this book is organized" This book is divided into three main parts: Problem, Solution, and Implementation. Each part is further divided into several chapters. Part I - The Problem section describes the needs and complexities of Software Maintenance. What makes Software Maintenance different from Software Development? What are the characteristics that make it complex? This section concludes with a discussion of the changing needs and complexities of Software Maintenance. Part II- The Solution section describes the execution models currently in practice for Software Maintenance - Traditional Waterfall and Scrum. It also discusses combining Agile and Lean practices to address the needs of Software Maintenance. Lastly, this section develops the most suitable framework for addressing the challenges described earlier. Part III - The Implementation section describes the five steps needed to implement Scrumban in Software Maintenance. Though it may not serve as a cookbook, this section helps in setting the direction for teams to define their own version of the Scrumban method to Stop Starting and Start Finishing.

Start Over, Finish Rich

10 Steps to Get You Back on Track in 2010

Start Over, Finish Rich

Let 2010 Set You on the Path to Wealth. Believe it or not, recessions make millionaires! Will you be one? In Start Over, Finish Rich, America's best-loved financial expert, David Bach, explains that 2010 will be the best opportunity for building wealth we have seen in decades. And, as the economy recovers, you must be set up to recover with it. Bach's easy, take-action plan will show you how. Start Over, Finish Rich supplies the ten crucial moves you must make in 2010 to get back on track and recapture your dreams of a richer future. Learn how to: * Get out of debt * Fix your credit * Rebuild your 401k plan * Improve your 529 Plan * Take smart risks * Reorganize your financial life for the high tech age * Update your real estate plan * Change your thinking about money * Recommit to wealth As Bach says, "A recession is a terrible thing to waste—so don't waste this one! Use it instead to get rich." Read Start Over, Finish Rich and let David Bach put you and your family back on the path to financial freedom.

The Now Habit

A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play

The Now Habit

Learn how to overcome procrastination and enjoy guilt-free play! One of the most effective programs to combat procrastination, THE NOW HABIT has sold over 100,000 copies, has been translated into 11 languages, and is now revised and updated. Featuring a new introduction and a new section providing strategies to understand and deal with the role technology plays in procrastination today, THE NOW HABIT offers a comprehensive plan to help readers lower their stress and increase their time to enjoy guilt-free play. Dr. Fiore’s techniques will help any busy person start tasks sooner and accomplish them more quickly, without the anxiety brought on by the negative habits of procrastination and perfectionism.

The Runner's Handbook

The Bestselling Classic Fitness G for begng Intermediate Runners 2nd rev Edition

The Runner's Handbook

If you're a runner, or would like to be one, The Runner's Handbook will answer all your questions. Fitness expert Bob Glover-who has trained thousands of runners-shows you how to devise a training program and keep at the top of your form.