Limiting the number of projects a team is working on – making the team do less – does not have to reduce productivity and can actually deliver more
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- 20 May 2013
Companies typically have a large number of active or valuable work to be done at any one time, all at various stages of development. Performance improvement often focuses on how to do more, not how to do less. Therefore, limiting the volume of requests being done seems to go counter to the overall goal. In fact, many systems speed up when the volume of work being worked on decreases.
The Traffic Flow Problem
A reasonable metaphor for this is the speed-density-flow relationship seen in traffic studies. Figure 1 shows the classic relationship, where flow = speed x density. In the case ...