Making Work Visible Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & flow

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-11-14
  • Publisher: IT Revolution Press

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If someone stole your wallet, you'd notice it. So why don't people notice when they are robbed of something much more valuable than their wallet—time?

Today's workers are drowning: nonstop requests for time, days filled to the brim with meetings, and endless nights spent heroically fixing the latest problems. This churn and burn is creating a workforce constantly on the edge of burnout.

In this timely book, IT time management expert Dominica DeGrandis reveals the real crime of the century—time theft, one of the most costly factors impacting enterprises in their day-to-day operations.

Through simple solutions that make work visible, DeGrandis helps people round up the five thieves of time and take back their lives with time-saving solutions. Chock-full of exercises, takeaways, real-world examples, colorful diagrams, and an easy-going writing style, readers will quickly learn effective practices to create high-performing workflows within an organization.

The technology world—and indeed the whole business world—is moving at a pace faster than ever before, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Instead of consigning ourselves to the pressure cooker of the modern world, it's time to elevate how we work. It's time to level up our game. It's time to make work visible.

Author Biography

Dominica DeGrandis is one of the top experts of kanban flow in the IT industry today. Along with being a sought-after speaker at industry conferences, Dominica writes articles for industry publications such as Cutter IT and TechBeacon. As Director of Digital Transformation at Tasktop Technologies, Dominica combines experience, theory, and practice to help organizations level up their capability to improve workflow to optimize delivery of business value. She lives in Washington state with her husband and two of their four children. She blogs at ddegrandis.com and tweets at @dominicad.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part 1: The 5 Thieves of Time
1.1 Too Much Work-in-Progress (WIP)
1.2 Unknown Dependencies
1.3 Unplanned Work
1.4 Conflicting Priorities
1.5 Neglected Work

Part 2: How To Expose Time Thieves In Order To Optimize Workflow
2.1 Make Work Visible
2.2 Ambush the Ring Leader
2.3 Expose Dependencies
2.4 Committing the perfect crime using Unplanned Work
2.5 How to Prioritize
2.6 Preventing Negligence
2.7 Random Board Examples

Part 3: Metrics, Feedback, Pomp & Calibration
3.1 Your Metrics or your Money
3.2 The Time Thief O'Gram
3.3 Operations Reviews
3.4 The Art of Meeting (Standups, Lean Coffee)
3.5 Undercover Investigation
3.6 Beastly Practices
3.7 Calibration: From Adversaries to Allies

Table of Exercises/List of Charts, Graphs, Illustrations Etc.
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