Dynamic Scheduling for Today’s Agile Projects Alan Hill About Alan Hill Developed numerous business models and operational tools: Kanban Scheduling Model Talent Management Business Model Veteran Network Services Operating Model Organizational Resistance Model Health Care Business Model Company Cultures Assessment Latent Value Management Model System Scalability Model Provided mobile architecture strategy for an innovative HR application Re-engineered support processes as part of IT re-alignment Architected functional model for weekly job fair - increased attendance 1,200% Created system architecture for intranet procedures website (Opsweb) Created “One Sheet” Dashboard of key Dot Com metrics for CEO Created transition strategy for Data Center support of Dot Com systems 24/7 The Waterfall Fallacy – Precision Planning What’s Wrong With This Picture? Not flexible – can’t change task priority or schedule Can’t iterate – no cyclical development (no agile) Not scalable – hard to add or remove tasks & people Intolerant of change – new scope = new project What else do you struggle with? Soooo….. Why use broken tools and broken methods? “Factories are havens of erratic behavior, places where everything is going wrong all the time. Abandon the illusion that you can predict these technological headaches, or that you can avert them with forward planning.” "You don't have a prayer in hell of ever understanding factories. You really don't have control. By striving to get control, you only make it worse." Dick Morley Richard Morley is known as the "father" of the programmable logic controller since he was involved with the production of the first PLC for General Motors, the Modicon, at Bedford and Associates in 1968. Wikipedia FAST COMPANY The Man From CHAOS By William Green, October 31, 1995 CHAOS Paint Booths "It ran beautifully, it saved $1 million a year in paint alone." Morley's system changed the game: it enabled the paint booths to "bid" for the right to paint certain trucks. If a particular booth had been painting black trucks all day, it would bid to paint any subsequent trucks that were to be painted black. "The booth is empowered to decide what it does." Still not ‘pull’ based: Throughput limited by # of open slots Kanban Project Management http://www.agileproductdesign.com/blog/2009/kanban_over_simplified.html Kanban ‘pull’ workflow with room for expansion Workers ‘bid’ on tasks from various projects – not ‘held captive’ to one project Verifies task meets requirements, as usual Expanded to include offshore and freelance help Workers can bid on any task: Experience factor affects their total bid value Tasks have ‘Reward Points’ exchangeable for rewards in the Reward Bank QA assures task meets requirements before reward is assigned Your Turn - Discussion Feature enhancements for the way you really work? Manual vs. automated? How to ‘socialize’ acceptance in your company?