Victoria Morgan-Smith

Financial Times

2019: On Tour - Birmingham Tech Week
Teams and Practices

Cracking the WIP – workshop

Agile evangelists say we should Limit our Work in Progress… But, does this really help us get our work done? Surely the sooner we start, the sooner we finish? We’re going to put the Limited WIP theory to the test. We’ll prove once and for all whether limiting our work in progress will help us to be more productive, or whether this is just slowing us down and good old fashioned multi-tasking is actually the answer to our productivity challenges.

This is a 45 minute workshop that explores the importance of Limited WIP. We’ll look at how the notion of limiting work in progress is perhaps counter-intuitive. Many people who seek project management and work management training from me ask how they can get better at multi-tasking. But is this even the right question?! Rather than simply telling the room about the benefits of Limited WIP, it’s far more fun and effective to witness it! I’ll be looking for two volunteers to join me in a light-hearted demonstration of two possible scenarios, and then lead a discussion with the room on the lessons to be learnt from what they’ve just seen.

This is a refreshing take on an important topic. Attendees will leave the room armed with a full appreciation of why flow matters, and the impact of batch-sizing and WIP limits on that flow. Additionally, they’ll be equipped with a very simple way to explain this to others in a language that makes as much sense as the instinct to multi-task!


Victoria Morgan-Smith is the Director of Delivery, Internal Products at the Financial Times, where she has been helping teams succeed since 2009. Before this she was a developer for 9 years, a background which fuels her interest in finding fun ways to coach, energise and motivate teams into self-organising units.

She is passionate about collaboration beyond the team, adopting agile principles to get under the skin of what will deliver measurable business value around the organisation.


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