One of the popular ways to "manage" queues in product development is to set up WIP (Work In Progress) limits and it has its benefits. However, we also need to be aware of the fact that, WIP limits are effective when it is done keeping the overall systemic improvement in context. If the organisation is siloed with a lot of interdependencies across the teams, then setting WIPs in individual siloed teams, could create unintended consequences, possibly creating a bigger queue somewhere else. System kaizen should be encouraged rather than the point and eliminating the queues is preferred than just managing it. We will be discussing some of these concepts during the upcoming LeSS course in Sydney on March 4th, 5th and 6th. Reach out to me for further details..
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