Improve your Work Process — What’s your Cycle Time?

Improve your work Process

What is your Cycle Time?

I have seen many different ways that people manage their work flow process.

Lead Time

This is the time it takes your feature to get into production from the initial idea being added to a backlog to being ready for deployment. Its important to note that when a user story or new development is ready to be deployed — the go ahead should always be a business decision.

Cycle Time

If you are a development team manager, scrum master, IT project manager; then this figure might be more interesting to you. The cycle time for example; is the time from when you start working on the bug to when the bug fix ready to be deployed. Again this is based on time frame (and obviously cannot be shorter than the lead time).

Process Steps

So as I was saying, how many steps does it take for you to get your features into production. For now I am just going to focus on the cycle time. The lead time is a whole other beast I will tackle in another post. It is important to mention though, any process improvement should happen end-to-end, fixing one small part of it might not have the desired effect you want.

Summary

When I moved to the above approach with little steps, I saw an increase in quality, team moral and collaboration. The flow was simple and everyone did what it took to get a feature from ‘done’ to ‘complete’. It was a pleasure to work with such simplicity, and remove the grey areas — the user story was either complete or it wasn’t. Team members didn’t need to keep referring to documentation or process flows to understand what to do next, any ambiguity, politics and inefficiencies were removed. Not only did this benefit the team becoming more efficient and motivated, but the business started also reaped the benefits by seeing their ideas go from conception to production bound a lot quicker and of a higher quality.

About the Author

Ashley-Christian Hardy
theproducthub.io

Product leader. A strong advocate in innovation, experimentation and building great products with the use of qualitative and quantitative research.

Product leader. A strong advocate in innovation, experimentation and building great products with the use of qualitative and quantitative research.