Today we trucked our way east twelve hours, stopping in Flagstaff for a meal and a brew at Lumberyard Brewery before ending in Albuquerque. Flagstaff is a really cool place and it’s already near the […]
This time next week in the wee hours of the morning we’ll be setting off on our longest overland trip yet. A 4,000 mile journey through ten states, nine scenic byways, and dozens of wilderness […]
Hours after purchasing Sebastian, I was several hours from home in Joshua Tree airing up a full-sized mattress to sleep in the back. At the time I didn’t know the rear seat bottoms could be removed — and so we spent that first night freezing to death with the hatch cracked.
Enough is enough. What I really need is a full 5′ X 7′ flat (and level) sleeping area, cubbie storage, and six-gallons of onboard running water. I want as much gear inside and off the roof with room inside for four adults. And most importantly, I don’t want to hear rattles, squeaks or sloshing.
I realize I’m late to read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall — and a market laggard to join the “natural/minimalist running” movement (which is on the way down and out as an industry trend); […]
Over the past several days I’ve received both praise and criticism for a no-time operations methodology I dubbed, “headway.” And all of it is much appreciated. In fact, I want more.
If you haven’t read it – do – then tell me why it will or won’t work. Tell me what symptoms it would invoke on the organization, employees, and clients – good and bad. I’m preparing a follow-up post to discuss these items but I need your help picking it apart first.
To get your critical juices flowing…
Constraint based planning does not and cannot work in an industry without constraints. So, how do we plan without constraints? You can’t.
Planning is based on what you know prior to embarking on the journey. If I told you to pack a bag tonight because tomorrow we’re going on a trip, what would you pack? Oh, you want to know where we’re going, how long we’ll be gone, and what we’ll be doing? In other-words, you want me to provide the constraints of the trip so that you can plan accordingly?
I don’t know how to plan without constraints; and from what I’ve found so far no one does.
Everything is completed by performing a series of tasks. To plan, estimate, forecast, etc. we most often predict the tasks we’ll perform to get the desired outcome, then sequence them, assign resources, and guess at a duration for each. In this model – we’re predicting the future and how we’ll get there. And for anyone who’s done it—or read about it—that’s a terrific way to fail. Why we almost always achieve the desired outcome, how we get there (and how long it takes) is vastly different from what we had planned. Again, this is because we can’t know unknowns (timing), time doesn’t scale, and we can’t control time (it’s an absolute).
A few days ago I wrote about the difficulties of software estimation. I’m on a personal vendetta to improve on this lacking area of the industry, but first…
REMOVING THE FOOT FROM MY MOUTH