Limit Work In Progress (WIP)
- Enhanced Focus and Productivity: By limiting the number of tasks any one individual or team handles at a time, there is a sharper focus, which often leads to increased productivity and quality of work. This concentrated effort ensures that tasks are completed more efficiently and effectively.
- Blocker Identification and Resolution: A smaller WIP load makes it easier to identify and address bottlenecks or blockers in the process. When these issues are quickly spotted, the team can collaboratively work towards resolving them, ensuring smoother workflow.
- Frequent Delivery of Value: With a focus on completing a few tasks at a time, the team can deliver value more frequently. This continuous delivery model allows for rapid iterations and adjustments based on feedback, ensuring that the final product is closely aligned with customer needs and expectations.
- Faster Feedback Loop: Smaller work batches lead to a faster feedback loop. The team can quickly learn from completed tasks and apply these insights to future work, enhancing the overall quality and efficiency of the supply chain process.
- Predictability in Deliverables: Limiting WIP leads to more predictable outcomes. With fewer tasks in progress at any given time, it becomes easier to estimate completion times and manage expectations both within the team and with stakeholders.
- Enforcing T-Shaping of Team Members: This approach encourages team members to develop a range of skills (T-shaped skills), where they have deep expertise in at least one area but are also capable of contributing to other tasks. This cross-functional skill set enhances team versatility and resilience.
- Improves Team Morale and Reduces Burnout: With a more manageable workload and clearer focus, team members are less likely to experience burnout. This approach supports a more sustainable and enjoyable working environment.
- Resource Optimization: By limiting WIP, resources are utilized more effectively. This optimization ensures that the team’s capacity is not overstretched, and resources are allocated to where they are most needed.
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Stefan Stojković is an experienced Project Manager and Agilist with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry, kids IT Education, Software development, and Agile transformations in non-IT industries. Skilled in management, negotiations, manufacturing, development, and knowledge transfer.