Thoughts on Slack and WIP

Trent Hone

WIP_BensonThe other day, I was reading this excellent posting by Matt Heusser on the dangers and consequences of having too much work in progress (WIP). It mirrors my own experiences the past few months.

I have a number of techniques in place to manage my own work and keep WIP at a productive level, but I’ve had an unanticipated number of requests from colleagues for assistance. And I’m always happy to help… You can easily see where that leads. Before I knew it, I was overwhelmed.

After a stimulating conversation with Adam Yuret last night, I realized that Matt’s posting only looks at part of the story. It uses physical systems, like traffic and networks, to illustrate the negative results of having too much WIP. I do this too when I talk about WIP; it makes the concept readily accessible and works really well. But it misses something. It doesn’t…

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