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Cumulative Flow Diagram book on Amazon.com

23 Sep 2020 | Kanban


And it has been finally released!

The Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) eBook is now available on Amazon.com

I have priced it as low as possible for the first few days. Add it to your eBook Reader today!

The Portuguese version of the CFD eBook has reached amazon.com.br a few weeks ago and the feedback has been amazing! (Check it out here).

A note by David Anderson (Thanks David!)

“Flow is so important to managing modern work and enabling customer satisfaction. The Cumulative Flow Diagram is very efficient: it integrates a lot of information in a single picture. People often struggle to interpret and master the usage of CFDs. Paulo’s book delivers step-by-step guidance to maximize your understanding and demystify this important tool.” DAVID J. ANDERSON, author of the Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business and several other books

A note by the Reviewer

Great content within a few pages: that is what this book brings you! Based on his many years of experience managing teams and leading projects, Paulo Caroli explores the Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD), an effective and complete tool to improve your workflow in different areas.

This is a book to be read quickly, but also consulted whenever necessary to seek continuous improvement in workflow. Here, you will also learn, among other things, how to use the CFD to:

  • Contribute to the control of your projects, from the simplest to the most complexes;
  • Calculate the flow parameters of your system and each stage;
  • Systematise the project items: those that still need to be worked on, those that are in progress, and those already completed;
  • Control the entry and exit of work items, detecting instabilities, and acting on them.


A note by me, the author

Throughout my career, I was responsible for managing several projects. The years of management, added to the years of experience from different perspectives—given by the different roles I took on during my career—, helped me to evolve and clarify many concepts. Among them, what I share in this work.
When I started to work as a manager, I used to manage, lead, and guide people about the work to be done. A few years went by, and I changed. I realized that I should manage the work, not the people.

My main focus as a manager became work items. I was attentive to each of them. In relation to people, I tried to enable them with information and autonomy to do the job.

More years went by, and I changed again. I came to the conclusion that I shouldn’t manage people or work items. I should manage the workflow!

Make no mistake: the main focus is people, always! People always come first. We must understand their needs and expectations, we must help them to collaborate to do a great job and to maximize the efficiency of the workflow.

However, regardless of where the main focus was, I felt a great need to understand and improve the workflow.

Picture yourself looking at a photo of your team at a party celebrating a successful product release. You immediately look at yourself in the photo, then at your colleagues. First your appearance and your clothes. Then, the people around you.

Now, imagine a professional photographer about to take a picture. She looks at people, but she pays close attention to the frame, the background, everything else.

The workflow is just like a background, something that needs attentive and analytical eyes. It is the synchronization between process, product, and people. It is the difference between a good photo and a wonderful photo.

So, focus mainly on people, but pay attention to everything that happens around them: the workflow!

Good reading!

The first few sentences

The Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) is a valuable management tool for:

  1. tracking and forecasting the completion of work items;
  2. indicating the need to act upon flow and process improvement.

The CFD provides a graphical representation of how the work is moving through the system, helping stabilize the system, act upon bottlenecks, and control the scope of work. It is a simple, yet very informative tool that depicts the work in progress (WIP), entry rate, exit rate, Lead Time, Cycle Time, Throughput, elapsed time, completed, remaining, and total scope of work.


>> Download and enjoy this short book (50 pages only) now.



Paulo Caroli

Paulo Caroli is the author of the best-selling book “Lean Inception: How to Align People and Build the Right Product” (the first on a series of books on business agility). He's also the creator of FunRetrospectives.com , a site and book about retrospectives, futurospectives and team building activities. Caroli writes on this blog frequently. Receive the next post in your email. Sign up here.
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