Books & Techniques

VFQ books cover the entire idea-to-market lifecycle, bringing together insights and guidance from thousands of articles, books, case studies and models – providing a solid foundation for practitioners and experts in Agile and Product Management.

Kanban

This book bundle will help you get to grips with Kanban’s essential mechanics, as well as the essentials of understanding and improving how your work flows from an idea into a solution in the hands of your customers.

Kanban

Kanban

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the practices and principles of the Kanban Method.
  • Visualize your work.
  • Decide how you might limit your WIP.
  • Take measurements of the workflow and manage the results.
  • Communicate work standards using explicit process policies.
  • Understand how to implement feedback loops.
  • Attempt to improve collaboratively using models.
  • Recognize improvement opportunities using models.
  • Understand how to use classes of service.
  • Differentiate between input and delivery cadence.
  • Distinguish where and how to implement Queue Replenishment Meetings, Improvement Katas and Operations Review Meetings.
  • Experiment with the ideas of evolutionary change and how to overlay the principles with existing processes.
  • Analyze your progress of improvement.
Optimizing Flow

Optimizing Flow

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate why time is so important to an organization and why the customer’s view of time matters.
  • Consider the benefits and limitations of the ‘on time’ delivery approach adopted by most companies.
  • Take a broader view of end to end flow.
  • Analyze the cost of delay in development projects.
  • Appreciate the opportunity offered by flow optimization to eliminate delay and increase delivery speed.
  • Judge how to optimize flow at scale.
Work In Progress

Work In Progress

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and make visible WIP in software development.
  • Understand the principles and benefits of limiting WIP.
  • Practice monitoring and managing WIP at a personal, team and project level.
  • Recognize the potential downside to temporary or permanent WIP limits.
  • Examine alternative methods of WIP control: throttling, purging, shedding scope and phasing.
Batch Size Matters

Batch Size Matters

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what a ’batch’ is in the context of software development.
  • Appreciate why small batches lead to fewer queues and faster cycle times.
  • Recognize that small batches also decrease risk through faster feedback, while increasing urgency.
  • Understand the relationship between batch size and transaction cost.
  • Identify ways to reduce batch size by time, input or size.
  • Recognize a natural bias for ‘large’ projects that leads to large batch sizes.
  • Identify the likely catalysts of large batch size within software development processes.
Attacking Your Queues

Attacking Your Queues

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what a queue is.
  • Appreciate why queues are invisible.
  • Appreciate what causes queues.
  • Recognize where queues are found in IT and software development.
  • Understand methods of controlling queues.
  • Quantify a queue.
  • Distinguish when action on queues is necessary.
Technique Library

Technique Library

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

The VFQ Technique Library consists of more than 30 quick-glance cards covering the most important Agile practices. Each technique card features step-by-step guidance, practical tips, and information on additional resources.

The library includes:

  • Measuring Lead Time
  • 5 Whys
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Build-Measure-Learn
  • Burndown Charts
  • Classes of Service
  • Cost of Delay
  • Velocity
  • User Stories

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Building Better Products

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VFQ Essentials

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Delivering Early and Often
Optimizing Flow
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4 Books + Technique Cards

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