Cracking the WIP

15–16th June 2017
at etc.venues St Paul's

A 45 minute Tutorial by:

Victoria Morgan-Smith

Financial Times

Slides from session

The slides used for this session are available to download from here.

About this Tutorial

This is a 45-minute workshop that explores the importance of limited WIP (work in progress).

We'll look at how the notion of limiting work in progress is perhaps counter-intuitive. Many people who seek project management and work management training from me ask how they can get better at multi-tasking. But is this even the right question?!

Rather than simply telling the room about the benefits of limited WIP, it's far more fun and effective to witness it! I'll be looking for 2 volunteers to join me in a light-hearted demonstration of 2 possible scenarios, and then lead a discussion with the room on the lessons to be learnt from what they've just seen.

This is a refreshing take on an important topic. Participants will leave the room armed with a full appreciation of why flow matters, and the impact of batch-sizing and WIP limits on that flow. Additionally, they'll be equipped with a very simple way to explain this to others in a language that makes as much sense as the instinct to multi-task!

About the Speaker

Victoria Morgan-Smith is an agile delivery coach at the Financial Times, where she has been helping teams succeed since 2009. Before this she was a developer for 9 years, a background which fuels her interest in finding fun ways to coach, energise and motivate teams into self-organising units. She is passionate about collaboration beyond the team, adopting agile principles to get under the skin of what will deliver measurable business value around the organisation.


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