Let’s consider the time it takes to go from agreeing to do something to a customer receiving value. It may come as a surprise, but most of that time is not spent working. It’s spent waiting—waiting in backlogs, waiting for other people, waiting for feedback, waiting to be rolled out and adopted. In this 7-minute video, I explain why limiting work in progress, the scope of work, and handoffs between teams can increase flow and value in product development.
Working with distributed or dispersed teams is a common experience for many product people in an increasingly globalized world. While we have powerful collaboration tools at our disposal that make it possible to work across sites, countries, and continents, being separated is not always beneficial: It can damage the chances of reaching product success, as I explain in this article.