(Lean Coffee) Version 1 Spy – 91


Released Sunday, July 26th, 2015
Hosts: Natalie Simonsen, Lee McCauley, Jason Tice and John Sextro


Episode 91 features a “Lean Coffee” discussion with several regular ThisAgileLife hosts (including a surprise unannounced visitor) on a variety of lean, agile and kanban topics.

Lean Coffee is a meeting / discussion format created by Jim Benson (www.leancoffee.org) where people gather, brainstorm discussion topics and questions on post-it notes, prioritize the topics for discussion by voting amongst the group, and then have short time-boxed discussions on the prioritized topics in the time available for discussion.  Lean Coffee is a popular morning activity at conferences, but can also be used to facilitate retrospective discussions, architecture & design sessions, team meetings, or just about any type of a group session where you’d like to create an environment that invites people to share ideas and discuss.

Just prior to recording Episode 91 in July 2015, Jason facilitated a Lean Coffee session hosted by Lean Kanban St. Louis – http://www.meetup.com/Lean-Kanban-St-Louis (sponsored by ThisAgileLife), so our podcast discussion is based on the actual topics submitted by Lean Kanban St. Louis members for which several hosts from ThisAgileLife offer insights and guidance.  Topics discussed (for about 4 minutes each) on this episode include:

  • What is the most important metric for kanban?
  • How to transition from waterfall to agile?
  • How do you break out stories in JIRA between Epics & Themes?
  • Is it possible for one team to be agile and work with a non-agile team?
  • Is it important to estimate OR make work items the same size?
  • When do stories count as WIP?
  • Requirements Gathering – when should this be done?
  • Is management the real problem? If so, what can we do?
  • How close are you to a real pull system?
  • Self Organizing Teams ???


John twitter.com/johnsextro

Jason – twitter.com/theagilefactor

Natalie – twitter.com/aussienatso

  • Spotify Engineering Culture – another Henrik Kniberg animation about the Spotify model and direction
  • This American Life Ep 56: NUMMI 2015 – A car plant in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved. Frank Langfitt explains why GM didn’t learn the lessons—until it was too late.
  • last minute additions because we talked about estimation – http://ronjeffries.com/articles/015-jul/defined-terms/

Lee – https://twitter.com/agileatheist

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