The Guardrails During Implementation and Integration

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The guardrails are our agreements with each other across the enterprise. Each role and phase, however, manifests these agreements in different ways. The following provides more detail on what the guardrails mean during implementation and integration.

Create psychological safety

Safety on a team is very important. People should be able to safely disagree with decisions even they are to abide by them after being made. Also, quality issues must be able to be safely pointed as. If estimation is being done people should be able to freely discuss their beliefs without fear of repurcusion. Safety often takes additional time to foster but it results in better results as well as a much better work environment.

Work on items that will realize the greatest amount of business value across the enterprise

When teams need to work together, they should focus on getting the most business value ready to be realized.

Collaborate with each other in order to maximize the realization of Business value across the enterprise

Collaboration is key. One team cannot refuse to help another team if what the other team is working on is of more value to the organization. This helps teams look at the bigger picture.

Ensure that all work is visible

The work of the teams must be made visible so other teams can see both what is coming their way and how their work will affect others.

Take the necessary steps to sustain or increase predictability

Much of the waste created is from work being done across teams. Each team must attend to how its work affects others.

Keep the work throughout the value stream within capacity

Each team must include planned and expected requests from others. They should also respect the workload of other teams that they make requests to.

Encourage everyone to strive for continuous improvement

Teams are not just to improve themselves, but to help teams in the value stream they work in as well.

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