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  • Becoming an Accredited Kanban Trainer

    This post originally appeared on Excella Consulting’s Blog. The Kanban Method is an empowering approach that helps individuals and teams harness their full potential. I’ve experienced its benefits repeatedly, both in my work and personal life. Last month, I increased my knowledge of Kanban by becoming an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) through Lean Kanban University […]

  • My Talk from Lean Agile Scotland

    This is my talk from Lean Agile Scotland, “Complexity in Action – Organizational Learning in the U.S. Navy.” Trent Hone: Complexity in Action – Organizational Learning in the U.S. Navy from Lean Agile Scotland on Vimeo.

  • My Experience at Lean Agile Scotland

    This post originally appeared on Excella Consulting’s Blog Lean Agile Scotland was an excellent conference. I’ve struggled with how to condense all my positive experiences into a single blog post; this may have to be the first of many. Over just three days, I was able to create new connections, participate in enlightening sessions, and […]

  • Complexity in Action: Operating in a Complex World

    This post originally appeared on Excella Consulting’s Blog. In the previous posts in this series, I introduced Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) and described some basic approaches for using complexity to improve the work of Agile teams. In this post, I’ll delve a bit deeper and explain how complexity can help trigger the mindset shift necessary […]

  • What are Heuristics and How Can They Accelerate Decision-Making?

    This post originally appeared on Excella Consulting’s Blog. In the earlier posts in this series, I introduced Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS), and contrasted Scrum and Kanban from a CAS perspective. I also briefly touched on the idea of heuristics; in this post, I’ll expand on these ideas and explain why heuristics are advantageous for decision-making […]

  • Effective Use of Constraints: Scrum vs. Kanban

    This post originally appeared on Excella Consulting’s Blog. In the first post in this series, I introduced the concept of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) and how constraints can trigger innovative ideas. In this post, I’ll investigate constraints in more detail and contrast how Kanban and Scrum use constraints to enable successful software teams. Both Scrum […]

  • What is Complexity and Why is it Useful?

    This post originally appeared on Excella Consulting’s Blog. This is an exciting time to be involved in the Agile community. A number of new models are emerging that allow us to understand our work better and frame our challenges more effectively. One of the most robust is the theory of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS). A […]

  • Why is Complexity Useful?

      Why is complexity useful? One of my colleagues recently challenged me to answer that question. I wasn’t sure how exactly to respond. I’ve become so accustomed to approaching situations with an eye towards complexity that it has become part of my mental fabric. I take its value as a given. I thought stepping back […]

  • Leadership Teams and Enabling Constraints

    Michael Norton’s “Leadership Teams may be a smell” is a thought-provoking read. As I went through it, I found myself thinking of examples from my own experience that bear out his hypothesis. Here’s a summary of his idea: Right now, I think of a leadership team as an organizational smell. Like a code smell, an organizational […]

  • Constraints to Improve Flow

    In my work with software teams, I often use traffic flow as an analogy. It is an extremely accessible way to describe the concepts of capacity, flow, and utilization. We all seem to have experienced traffic in one form or another and even the smallest localities have their share of traffic jams. Most people appreciate […]