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nasimson
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nasimson,
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7/28/2014 | 1:42:57 AM
The difference
Thanks Lori. For the first time I have been able to distinguish between speed and efficiency. The diagram really helped.
David F. Carr
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7/22/2014 | 6:08:52 PM
So speeding up steps makes the delays (inefficiencies) more obvious?
If I'm following this, speeding up the steps just makes the delays more obvious, and that shows up in a poorer efficiency statistic. The end-to-end process would still be completed more quickly if you decreased the length of time required to complete each step (unless, in the process, you somehow introduce new delays).

Or am I misunderstanding?
ChrisMurphy
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7/22/2014 | 6:01:50 PM
Re: Eye opening
We just posted a column by GE Capital's CTO that offers an example of this -- of a legal/compliance review process that took too long compared with the speed needed to turn agile iterations. Legal and security became part of the Agile review cycles. Article below:   

http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/enterprise-agility/why-enterprises-need-to-adapt-to-agile/a/d-id/1297414
Lorna Garey
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6/30/2014 | 6:27:43 PM
Re: Eye opening
True story: At a long-ago employer that had an open office before open offices were a thing, many of my coworkers smoked. There were about 10 people, and every 90 minutes like clockwork, at least five of them would head outside for 15 minutes (it was Texas -- lots of smokers, nice weather).

During that time, everyone else picked up the slack. It was kinda like a series of wasteful meetings.

Then, we got a new manager who announced that nonsmokers got to leave two hours early every Friday to make up for the time we were at our desks while the other people were out bullshitting in the parking lot. Suddenly, I spent way less time scrambling to do other peoples' work.

It's all about incentive to change.
pcharles09
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6/30/2014 | 6:18:31 PM
Re: Eye opening
But how else would you get to share the donuts & coffee?

I kid but realized very early in the game. Meetings are pointless & can 99.9% of the time be summed up in a 1-2 paragraph email. But often, this is avoided to kill time & unfortunately productivity.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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6/30/2014 | 2:27:58 PM
Eye opening
When editing this, I ran that calculation a few times (on two calulators) because that drop in efficiency seemed impossibly steep. If anything can get people to stop already with the meetings ...


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