Scrum, agile and lean are much used in professional work. More recently we have seen scrum and agile principles being applied outside of IT. In the past two decades especially within IT team. For instance, non-It scrum [NLS12], scrum in the church [Sut09], Scrum4Mom [Scrum4Mom], Eduscrum [EduScrum], and Personal Kanban [Ben11]. Probably I forgot some more. The principles and concepts behind it are general enough to apply this also at home.

By writing this blog I want to inspire you to apply agile/lean principles at home too.

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Squeeze More Out of Kanban With POLCA!

In Agile methods focus on short feedback cycles and regular delivery of (business) value. Both are supported by having short lead times. Kanban is one of the tools to manage the flow of tasks and reduce lead times.
This article shows how to reduce lead times even further.

One of the mechanisms in Kanban to manage flow is to explicitly set a limit on the amount of work in progress for a process step. By modifying this to include part of the next process step, this article shows that the amount of work in progress is limited more and therefore also lead times are reduced.
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