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Mastering Efficiency in Organisations: Resource vs. Flow Perspectives

December 11, 2023


As we delve into this topic, it's important to recognize the common approach in many organizations: resource efficiency. This method focuses heavily on maximizing the use of resources, including people, akin to machines in a factory setup. However, this approach often leads to a myriad of workplace issues, including a lack of employee satisfaction, high turnover rates, and the creation of 'feature factories' where quantity trumps quality.

On the other side of the coin is flow efficiency. This concept takes a more dynamic approach, focusing on the smooth flow of work through the system rather than just the optimization of individual components. It’s about looking at the bigger picture, ensuring that all parts of the process are aligned and contributing effectively to the overall objective. This approach not only enhances the quality of work but also fosters a more engaged and satisfied workforce.

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Key Topics:

  1. Resource Efficiency: The Traditional Approach
  2. Pitfalls of Resource Efficiency: Unhappy Staff and High Turnover
  3. Introduction to Flow Efficiency
  4. Aligning Sales and Engineering for Better Outcomes
  5. The Benefits of Adopting Flow Efficiency

In the realm of modern software delivery and organizational dynamics, understanding the interplay between these two efficiencies is crucial. It’s not just about what we do, but how we do it. Are we creating environments where people are mere components, or are we fostering systems where each part harmoniously contributes to the whole?

NKDAgility can help!

These are the kinds of issues that lean-agile practitioners love and most folks struggle to comprehend. If you find it challenging to strike a balance between resource and flow efficiency in your organization, my team at NKDAgility can assist you or help you connect with a consultant, coach, or trainer who can.

If issues like these are undermining the effectiveness of your value delivery, it's vital to seek help promptly.

You can do so now by requesting a free consultation with my team or signing up for one of our upcoming professional Scrum classes. Remember, you don’t just need agility; you need Naked Agility.


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