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Agile Aus – Visual Management

Maritza van den Heuvel had just met @AgileBen (Ben Hogan) at the Kanban retreat in Bali and suggested we meet him at Agile Australia. So we went along to his talk. I am really glad we did. Ben shared some great examples of how teams can use simple visual management to help them become more lean.

Most of his examples came from Jimmy Jalen’s book (


One of my favourites was the idea of interruption buckets (see image above). I think this could work well for impediments. Each time an impediment of a certain type comes up to put a note in the bucket. Once the bucket is full you do some root cause analysis and try to figure out how to reduce impediments of that nature.

Here are my sketchnotes from the talk.