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Work in Process (WIP)

A high number of working in the process leads to a high queue capacity utilization, which causes problems such as a higher cycle time.
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Zettelkasten, September 10, 2022

Notes

  • Work in process is how many things a team works on simultaneously.

  • Some calls it "work in progress" instead of "work in Process" since the term "process" has a negative connotation in many organizations. The problem in many companies is that they have a lot of work in process that doesn't make any progress. Therefore, "Work in Process" better describes the reality within many organizations.

  • A high number of working in the process leads to a high queue capacity utilization, which causes problems such as a higher cycle time and slows down the team's response to changes—the opposite of agile.

  • Less WIP means shorter cycle times and a better flow efficiency.

  • Too much work in the system diminishes predictability, and adherence to delivery schedules isn't present.

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