…What could possibly go wrong? Here’s an idea: conduct a “pre-mortem” to prepare. The gist of the activity is to consider all that could possibly “go wrong.” Then the conversation switches to a mitigation and action plan. (Maybe the team even does a pre-mortem activity at Lift-Off or at Sprint 0?)
TL;DR Limit the WIP by process step Finish what is started When “blocked” instead of picking up something new resolve the bottleneck The end result will be a self-optimizing system of continuous improvement in which value throughput is always increasing.
We all can continuously develop our abilities to see waste where it was not perceived before. All it takes is a questioning mind that asks “Is what I think true…?” (A closed mind is certain it knows, and thus solidifies its reality.)