NYC Lean/Kanban Meetup, June 2017
During the speaker’s recap, he mentioned a book title, This Is Lean. The book can be found at www.thisislean.com.
After the speaker’s presentation, we got together to talk about a few ideas for the next year. The table I joined was on story mapping, which someone had suggested as a topic. I joined this table because I wanted to learn more about story mapping. And a few other people at the table didn’t seem to know exactly how the person who suggested it could use it in the example she provided. But, eventually, we eliminated other choices and figured out how it could work. So, it will be a topic next “year”, after the summer break, and I hope to learn more. Although it’s meant to be used in Agile, I guess you could use it even if you don’t work in Agile.
- Jeff Patton, who I mentioned above, is the name behind story mapping, and there more resources on story mapping on his website at jpattonassociates.com/user-story-mapping.
- Apparently, it’s also a big thing at Thoughtworks, and their post on story mapping gives a good idea of how the concept works.
- And the Scrum Alliance website has some information on story mapping. “Creating an Agile Road Map Using Story Mapping”, 2013, www.scrumalliance.org
Story Mapping Tools:
- Cardboardit.com – https://cardboardit.com/
- Feature map – https://www.featuremap.co/en
Implementing Kaizen Without Knowing It
As a side note, I used to own a book called, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way. (There’s also a summary of the book’s contents on YouTube, by someone unrelated to the book and the author.) But after getting through the audiobook of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I sold it to The Strand.
Incidentally, “tidying” (and cleaning) is another cultural efficiency practice from Japan, which I first learned about on Japanology Plus. It might not be as respected in business circles as kaizen or Lean, but it appears to be very much a part of Japanese culture.
Even though I gave up the kaizen book, I have been using the concept of small changes and small steps. One instance of this is trying to learn new languages with the Duolingo iPhone app, by focusing on just getting through at least one lesson a day. I hope to post my progress on LinkedIn, once I get to 25% in any language.