All posts by Rob England

Truth, beauty, and goodness

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Pre-COVID, I made this video. Underpinning Agile and all the other parts of new ways of working and managing is a social shift: new ways of thinking which have at their heart a reunification of truth, goodness, and beauty – science, ethics, and art. Here I am, pondering the future of work from one of the best places in one of the world’s best countries.

I wish I had packed shampoo, but on the other hand when I am on holiday in Takaka, IDGAF. I shot this first time, in a single take, unedited. I’ve never practiced this kind of shot to camera while walking before. I still think it is the best thing I ever made.

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Setting WIP limits

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Reduce WIP (Work In Progress). The only condition under which further limiting WIP will not increase throughput is where WIP is currently below the optimal capacity of the team. I dont think I’ve ever seen that in the real world.

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Hooray for human error

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Human error is usually one or more of the at least three factors which cause a system failure.
Human error is inevitable, therefore we must design systems to be preemptive and resilient to human error: prevent it and survive it. If we don’t, it’s a fragile system.

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