Applying the Principles of Flow – Don Reinertsen

The workshop will in English (même si Don parle assez bien français) the day after FlowCon 2018 on thursday november 29th at Reacteev, 5 Rue du Mail – 75002 Paris.

Ticket are available here :

and you can contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Why this workshop ?

Many companies are enthusiastically adopting Agile and Lean methods in their product development processes. While some management fashions are temporary, Agile and Lean are likely to persist. Why? They provide a proven, practical way to simultaneously achieve large improvements in the speed, quality, and cost of product development.

But what makes these methods work? What should you pay to remove cycle time from the critical path of programs? How much do you have to lower transaction cost to enable smaller batches? What are the economic consequences of loading engineering to very high levels of utilization?

If you want to go beyond the slogans and understand the economics and science behind Agile and Lean, you may be interested in this workshop. It is taught by the author of the award-winning book, The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development. It will introduce you to both science and practical methods.

It draws upon ideas from a variety of domains including queueing theory, telecommunication network design, computer operating systems, and lean manufacturing.

It is intended to provide a solid exposure to some of the many important ideas underlying Agile and Lean methods, including:

Developing an Economic Framework: How to calculate Cost of Delay and quantify the financial impact of improvements in cycle time, cost, and quality.

Managing Queues: How to control the invisible and unmanaged queues that hurt cycle time, efficiency, and quality.

Exploiting Variability: How to reverse the economic damage done by variability and amplify the benefits of innovation.

Reducing Batch Size: Using batch size reduction as tool to reduce queues and accelerate feedback.

Applying WIP Constraints: How WIP constraints and other WIP control strategies improve cycle time, efficiency and quality.

Controlling Flow: Using cadence and work sequencing approaches like Weighted-Shortest-Job-First (WSJF) to improve flow.

Using Fast Feedback: How to design feedback and control systems that make a difference.

Decentralizing Control: Balancing the advantages of centralized and decentralized control.

Some introduction to the concepts

The 1st chapter of the book (VO) can be downloaded here

Citations from Dan North

Principles of product development flow

Don Reinertsen

Don is the President of Reinertsen & Associates, a consulting firm specialized in the management of product development. He has worked with leading product development organizations for over 30 years, and taught executive courses at Caltech for 14 years. He is the author/co-author of three best-selling books on product development. His latest award winning book, The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development, has been praised as, “… quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy.”

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