#agile Too Much WIP!

Too Much Work-in-Process (WIP) results in delays, task switching waste, and an opacity to project status.
Limiting WIP requires discipline from the developers. Like doing a term paper people tend to wait until the last minute to get work done. It is just natural. In Agile we need to fight that natural tendency and push to discipline.
Limiting WIP will result in smoother delivery, what in Lean is called evening out the flow by evening out the flow you will create a more peaceful cycle of development. One without the last minute rush to complete and test (or forget to test).

By | 2016-10-25T16:20:20+00:00 August 9th, 2010|agile|2 Comments

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  1. Tom Sheives August 15, 2010 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Great comment on WIP! Students syndrome and Parkinsons law at work even in Scrum. I also like your valid comparison of Waterfall and Agile and the discipline factor. A point well take!

  2. josephflahiff August 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks Tom. That is the name of the law. Parkinson’s law. I keep forgetting that name.

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