Tame your Work Flow

Co-authors Steve Tendon and Daniel Doiron have just released what to my mind is possibly the most thought-provoking, assumption-challenging book about knowledge-work in general and agile in particular since Don Reinertsen’s “Flow.”

In this work, which is in some ways a streamlined and updated version of the ideas Steve and co-author Wolfram Müller first introduced us to in their 2015 release “Hyper-Productive Knowledge Work Performance,” Steve and Daniel make a compelling case for uplifting the Kanban Method with practices and tools from the Theory of Constraints - and in the process bring back Herbie, the unforgettable character from Eli Goldratt’s 1984 “The Goal.”

A quicker and lighter read than the (excellent) 2015 offering, “Tame your Workflow” still hits all the right notes and will leave Agilists of all stripes - as well as anyone with an interest in knowledge-work - with a sense that here at last is a higher order of thinking, one that goes beyond the usual how-many-angels-can-dance-on-the-head-of-a-pin type of casuistry and semantic diffusion to which agile seems to have mostly fallen prey.

Read it to challenge yourself and perhaps take away some applicable ideas - there are many here.