WIP: A Tragedy in 278 Parts with Eric Willeke from Rally

  • August 27, 2014 · 5:45 PM
  • Intercontinental Hotels Group

Did you miss Agile 2014 earlier this month?  Wanna check out one of the really cool talks?  Here ya go:

Topic: WIP: A Tragedy in 278 Parts


Eric Willeke, Transformation Consultant at Rally


The nature of the modern world pushes us to do more, faster. This unrelenting pressure puts the people and teams that DO the work in a wonderful situation where they can indeed make everybody happy... if only they could do one. more. thing. Two clear choices emerge: start everything, or finish something.

This talk introduces three concepts critical to anybody who performs work: an understanding of flow and process efficiency, recognition of the tragedy of WIP, and insight to the cost of commitment. Each topic includes specific, immediately applicable advice on how to improve your throughput and reduce the stress associated with doing your work.

Anybody who governs or manages teams who do work will benefit from the simple guidance. After exploring the three key areas, we'll see if we have time for the other 275.

Eric Willeke is an experienced transformation consultant with deep Agile expertise and an extensive history of working with enterprise customers. Eric guides Rally’s largest customers through their complex Agile adoption and transformation efforts, helping them build capability to sustainably and successfully deliver on the needs of their business. For more than a decade, his personal vision statement, “Helping everybody on a project sleep better at night,” has shaped his passion for continuous improvement and unlocking human potential.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation! I really enjoyed the examples.

    1 · August 28

  • Charlie B.

    What a good time doing a deep dive into fundamental concepts. I am at the very end of a certification and I am going through some of these topics at a very shallow format. This was a great in depth look at things that caused me to re-examine some items I have studied in a new light.

    1 · August 27

  • Brian B.

    Very good + I won a free class!

    1 · August 27

  • Mark Des B.

    Nice location and An interesting topic. Thanks.

    August 27

  • Mark Des B.

    Nice location and An interesting topic. Thanks.

    August 27

  • Ken Q.

    I enjoyed the insights into the "Tragedy" of WIP. Good presentation skills and demonstration! And thanks, Rally, for the book!

    1 · August 27

  • Anil

    Very interested in this presentation, need to understand the specific implications of #3 not in the context of a sprint, which I understand.

    1) an understanding of flow and process efficiency,
    2) recognition of the tragedy of WIP,
    3) and insight to the cost of commitment

    August 27

  • Lee S.

    Cindy, The rooms used are 20E or 20F

    August 20

  • Cindy D.

    Where is the exact room that the event will be held? I am an IHG employee so will just head straight there. Thanks!

    August 20

  • Tim W.

    Yes, we generally get started around 6 after 15 minutes of networking or so. Unless the pizza is late :) It's a good practice to be at IHG at 5:45 as we have to have someone escort us up.

    August 19

  • Astrid P.

    Is this really starting at 5:45??

    August 19

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