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A3 – Root Cause Analysis

A3 – Root Cause Analysis

The A3 is a tool for identifying root causes to deep problems and achieving consensus on  how to remedy them. The process was pioneered by Toyota to document problems with their production process. Anyone at Toyota can initiate the process and they do it for almost all problems they encounter. To ...

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Scrum at Scale Part III

Scrum at Scale Part III

Jeff Sutherland and the Scrum Inc. team present Scrum at Scale Part III - an object-oriented model for scaling Scrum across the business. The modular approach allows for the overall system to work together even if individual modules aren't agile. This allows the framework to support many different contexts verses other more "tightly coupled" ...

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Multi-Tasking

Multi-Tasking

Multitasking is a form of wasted motion. Taiichi Ohno, in his keystone book: The Toyota Production System outlined a total of 13 forms of waste. Multitasking is a classic form of Muda, or wasted effort. It happens when people, systems or machines switch between contexts. Context switching has been heavily researched and pretty much ...

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Agile Testing

Agile Testing

Testing is critical to release products. Yet the stories of catastrophic project failures due to inadequate testing are legendary. Obamacare comes to mind as just one very public example. Traditionally, testing has been seen as separate from development, something that is done after the work is complete. Scrum highlights the sometimes painful reality that nothing is done unless it ...

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