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Core Ideas

Core Ideas

Adam presents nine ideas that bridge the gap between Deming's System of Profound Knowledge and modern-day DevOps.

Dr. Deming

Dr. Deming

Adam connects Deming's trips to Japan in 1950 with modern software delivery. This is an essential episode.

The Ideal

The Ideal

Adam shares an end-of-year reflection on pursuing the lean ideal. This is the last episode of 2022. Small Batches will return in 2023.

Leadership is Language

Leadership is Language

Adam presents the language used to call the plays from Leadership is Language as told in The Project Banana episode.

Redwork / Bluework

Redwork / Bluework

Adam presents the concept of redwork and bluework presented in the book "Leadership is Language".

Project Banana

Project Banana

Something completely different. This episode is a short story about leadership, communication, and collaboration.

Product Management with Saeed Khan

Product Management with Saeed Khan

A long-form weekend conversation on the vision, objective, strategy, and roadmap aspects of product management with Saeed Khan. Saeed is a product consultant based in ...

Lean Leadership

Lean Leadership

The mental model for lean leadership through self-development, personal mastery, and developing others.

Managing to Learn

Managing to Learn

Adam presents a summary of John Shook's book "Managing to Learn" on the A3 problem-solving process.

The Coaching Habit

The Coaching Habit

Adam presents how lean leaders can use the seven questions from The Coaching Habit.

DevOps 101

DevOps 101

Adam presents an updated introduction to DevOps principles and practices.

System Archetypes

System Archetypes

Adam presents some examples of The Fifth Discipline's system archetypes in software delivery.

Lean Software Delivery 101

Lean Software Delivery 101

A short introduction to the ideas and practice of lean applied to software delivery. A preview of the material in the Small Batches slack app.

Percent Complete and Accurate

Percent Complete and Accurate

Adam introduces the percent complete and accurate metric used in system design and operations.

Recommend Reading

Recommend Reading

Adam presents recommended reading for anyone interested in lean software delivery.

Deployment Pipelines

Deployment Pipelines

Adam discusses the stages in deployment pipelines and why they are necessary but not sufficient for continuous delivery. Listen through to the end.

PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act)

PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act)

Adam present's Dr. Deming's PDCA cycle and how it applies to the daily work of delivering software.

Inflection Points

Inflection Points

Adam presents inflection points where organizations and systems may choose improvement or decay.

The Red Beads

The Red Beads

Adam explains how Deming's "Red Beads" experiment demonstrates the system of profound knowledge and the problems with management by objective.

The 5S Method

The 5S Method

Applying the 5S's (Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, Sustain) to the telemetry needed for stable production operations

Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking

Introducing systems thinking through MIT's beer game and system archetypes described in "The Fifth Discipline" by Peter Senge.

Canary Deploys

Canary Deploys

A brief introduction of canary deploys and using them to mitigate risk.

Modern Software Engineering

Modern Software Engineering

Adam summarizes the message behind Dave Farley's new book "Modern Software Engineering".

The Four Types of Problems

The Four Types of Problems

Adam presents "The Four Types of Problems" by Art Smalley. The types are: troubleshooting, gap from standard, target condition, and open-ended.

Extreme Programming

Extreme Programming

Let's go back in time to linger on the works of the master thinkers. This episode presents Kent Beck's book "Extreme Programming Explained".

The Principles of Product Development Flow

The Principles of Product Development Flow

Adam presents a summary of Donald Reinertsen's 2009 book.

Time Thieves

Time Thieves

Adam presents the "five time thieves" described in Dominica DeGrandis' book Making Work Visible.

Queuing Theory

Queuing Theory

Adam presents applying the mathematics behind queueing theory to software delivery. Also an announcement!

Software Delivery Glossary

Software Delivery Glossary

Adam previews a new project by presenting a few entires from the software delivery glossary.

Flow Mapping with Steve Pereira

Flow Mapping with Steve Pereira

Adam welcome Steve "The Value Stream Guy" Pereira to the show. The last part of the conversation. Adam and Steve discuss how to get started with flow engineering and v...

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