First things first

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…a squad, tribe or guild working on a frenzy of initiatives, projects, product, things to do.

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Working on too many things at once leads to radical reduction in the velocity of an individual, a team, or a company, grinding the system to halt.


Focus maximum squad effort to get the top priority ready to release and celebrate yet another ka-ching moment. Consider setting the work in progress limit for items in progress to one.

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  • The work in progress limit for items in progress is equal to the number of items pulled into the sprint. The squad works on all of them simultaneously, only getting a few done by the end of the sprint.



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