Running Too Lean Can be More Harmful than Helpful

The Clever PM

Most companies out there put a huge push on efficiency and running “lean” — doing the most possible with the least amount of overhead. Product Management Agile Culture Leadership Lean Organization Planning Roles Strategy UncertaintyAnd in most cases, that’s a very noble goal — after all, overhead in the form of people and positions is generally the highest cost that companies face. Reducing the number […].

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What is Lean Project Management? | Video

Online PM Courses

These days, every organization seems to be going Lean. So, what is Lean Project Management, and how does it relate to Agile Project Management? So, what is Lean Project Management? What is Lean Project Management? The post What is Lean Project Management?

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Lean/ Agile Adoption in IT Services

Digite

In my position within Digité, I have often interacted with senior leadership in these organizations about Lean/Agile adoption. Several quarters ago, I started a Lean/Agile transformation journey for an IT service provider with their Leadership team.

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What is the Value of Agility?

The Clever PM

One of the many challenges that Product Managers face in trying to move organizations toward a more agile approach to product development is that some stakeholders simply don’t see the value in the shift. Product Management Agile Culture Development Good PM Influence Leadership Lean MVP Organization PM Priorities Scrum User Stories

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Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. ” I’ve spent the last half-year in the beginning of my journey understanding how agile product management at scale can work.

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What Does an Agile Culture Look Like?

The Clever PM

A common question posed to Product Managers in organizations interested in or transitioning into Agile is, “How do we know that we’re Agile?” ” Because agility is a cultural value, there’s no pre-determined checklist of things that one can step through and certify your company as 100% Organic Agile. Product Management Agile Culture Influence Lean Organization PM Roles Scrum Strategy Uncertainty

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Agile Portfolio Management

Arras People

When I first heard about the Agile Business Consortium working on a new pocketbook about Agile Portfolio Management early in 2017 I was intrigued. Is there a place for Agile at portfolio level? The post Agile Portfolio Management appeared first on arraspeople.

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Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

In one of my previous articles I’d written about the need for change across multiple areas of an organization when undertaking an agile transformation. one sprint’s worth), but in most cases, project funding approval processes are not lean enough to encourage such behavior.

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Does your PMO hinder or help your agile transformation?

Kiron Bondale

An agile project management office might sound to some like an oxymoron, right? This might be a reasonable assertion as many PMOs were first formed to provide oversight over a portfolio of projects and enforcing standards sounds like the antithesis to agility.

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Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

If you're new to project management and the agile methodology, the answers to these 10 questions will arm you with the information you need to get started. And if you're a project management veteran, these frequently asked agile questions are a good refresher. What is agile? Agile is a project management methodology that uses short development cycles called sprints to focus on continuous improvement in the development of a product or service. Why is agile necessary?

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Top 10 Lean/ Kanban Books for IT, Software and Knowledge Work!

Digite

This book comprehensively describes the underlying principles that create Flow and facilitate Lean Product Development processes, principles that have produced 5x to 10x improvements, even in mature processes. 31 pages, ET to read: 50 min, Published July 19th, 2012 by Lean-Kanban University).

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Five expectations for agile tools…

Kiron Bondale

Agile delivery does not mandate the use of software tools, but when scaling agile within large organizations with greater numbers of stakeholders, geographic distribution of pods, compliance requirements and similar enterprise challenges, tooling can improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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Effectively Using Product Roadmaps for Agile

The IIL Blog

By Betsy Kauffman, Organizational Coach, Agile Pi. What is an Agile Product Roadmap? Multiple agile teams can utilize a shared product roadmap. When done well, the Agile product roadmap is the foundation and facilitator of solution delivery.

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Let’s Be Agile Together!

Arras People

As a project manager of many years experience, working both pan sector and discipline, whilst using many different flavours of methodology I have to admit that I am still struggling to position the “Agile” movement in terms of delivering projects. Agile Project Management agile

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Design, Agile, and Gall's Law

Zen Project Management

I see a lot of overlap with Agile principles. This is very similar to the Agile principle of simplicity. This is also similar to the principle of MVP (minimal viable product) that originated in the Lean Startup. agile Gall's Law Lean Startup MVPThe topic of design has been crossing my path lately. One of the principles I came across is called Gall’s law. It states that "all complex systems that work evolved from simpler systems that worked.”

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What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?

Arras People

What does Agile mean? I have been asked this question three times over the last week which has prompted me to try to clarify the term “Agile”. I understand the frustration because the term “Agile” is pretty generic and can mean different things from one organisation to the other.

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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

Everybody’s talking about agile software development these days: project managers, software developers, IT directors, small startups and big corporations. What is Agile Software Development? Agile teams prioritize collaboration, adaptability and working software.

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Applicability of Agile/Lean/Kanban Methods for fixed scope/budget projects (with short duration)

Sudipta Lahiri

This session objective was to address challenges faced by Lean-Kanban practitioners in their projects. The following Positives were identified when applying Agile/Lean methods to these projects: Positive Contributors. Principles of Agile help; focus on blockers.

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Improving portfolio management must be part of an agile transformation

Kiron Bondale

When we think of an agile transformation, improving portfolio management might not be high on the organization’s list of priorities. Agile delivery is not a silver bullet. Tagged: agile project management , Project Portfolio Management , resource availability.

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Agile 2018 Conference – Unraveling Team Dependencies

Leading Answers

I am excited to be presenting on the Enterprise Agile track at the Agile 2018 conference in San Diego, August 7. It combines anecdotes and experiences from 20+ years of agile consulting along with some insights from Troy Magennis on dependency delays, and Dominica DeGrandis, author of Making Work Visible. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Risk Management Tailoring Approaches Teams Theory of Constraints Travel Warning Signs

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Mining Bitcoins with Your InstantPot: Has Agile Popularity Gone Too Far?

Leading Answers

My session “ Mining Bitcoins with Your InstantPot: Has Agile Popularity Gone Too Far ?” examines the hype, realities and use of agile approaches.    Here is the presentation summary from the conference site: “The project world seems to have gone agile mad.

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Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Agile” is something most teams do wrong*, without realizing they’re doing it wrong. Let’s apply this lens to agile as applied within a company, and see if it helps people decide to do things differently. When You Say Agile, What Do You Mean?

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Agile Management

Binfire

You have probably used or heard about Agile Project Management , but chances are not about company-wide Agile management practice. To be successful today, businesses need to be agile not just in managing their projects but in everything they do in their businesses.

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A Real-World Success Story: Hallmark Cards Saves 1,000 Man Hours a Year by Streamlining PMO Projects and Agile Execution

Planview

This blog provides a summary of the recent case study and shares the challenges the PMO was facing, the approach to improvement, and some of the benefits realized after streamlining PMO projects and agile execution. Lean and Agile PMO

Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

There has been a rise in the transition of project management, product management and software development teams from traditional Waterfall methodologies to Agile ones. Those who don’t know much about agile, are also unaware of its popular frameworks like Kanban that is used to implement agile software development. Scrum is also the framework of agile for completing complex projects. The scrum master is a facilitator of an agile team. What is Agile?

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Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

April’s theme at ProjectManagement.com where I write a monthly column was “Consulting,” and in this article, I examine the world of Agile Consulting and coaching. Getting Started Personally, I was hesitant to get into agile consulting and coaching. Agile Project Management Leadership

Should Agile Teams Have a Definition of Ready?

Leading Agile

The post Should Agile Teams Have a Definition of Ready? Agile Teams Agile Transformation Lean Thinking Structure Teamwork Training Transformation

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How are you resolving your agile transformation blockers?

Kiron Bondale

How about being agile with your transformation! As with all preliminary estimates in agile don’t aim for precision but rather for consistency. Your team should also decide whether a sprint-based or lean lifecycle makes sense given their capacity and maturity.

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Agile 2018 Conference – Unraveling Team Dependencies

Leading Answers

I am excited to be presenting on the Enterprise Agile track at the Agile 2018 conference in San Diego, August 7. It combines anecdotes and experiences from 20+ years of agile consulting along with some insights from Troy Magennis on dependency delays, and Dominica DeGrandis, author of Making Work Visible. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Risk Management Tailoring Approaches Teams Theory of Constraints Travel Warning Signs

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Why Agile is important?

Binfire

I am sure by now you have heard about agile, companies big and small like Amazon and Google are using agile to manage work. You may be forgiven if you wonder why agile is used more and more for managing work and projects. Why Agile? You ask why Agile?

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Agile Coach Assessment

Growing Agile

This assessment is for you to take to see where you are on your journey to becoming an agile coach. We have broken the large topic of being an Agile Coach into 5 main areas. The topics below are just examples and by no means a definitive list, since the world of agile coaching is large.

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What is Scrumban? | Video

Online PM Courses

You may also like… Agile Project Management. What is Lean Project Management? Agile Project Management PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management Project Management in Under 5 Agile Kanban lean Scrum scrumban

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Route to Enterprise Scale Agility

Digite

Competitiveness in the age of digital disruption requires businesses to achieve agility at scale – not in select projects and portfolios alone, but across functions, across the business. The approaches to achieving enterprise-wide agility are keenly debated.

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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained

Azendoo

T he ultimate purpose of agile project management is to quickly respond to customer needs and market changes. In Project Management, Agile is often referred to in software development, but it can also be applied to other fields. Understanding Agile. The Agile Process.

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How To Maximize The Efforts Of Your Agile Team

Binfire

According to agile visionaries, a robust, agile team embodies “we” rather than “I” and that teamwork is crucial to delivering great software. Supposing your organization has embraced an agile methodology and you’re disappointed by failure, then it is time to look into it critically.

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The 3 Main Roles in an Agile Team

Redbooth

Agile project management is favored for its speed, but even teams that claim to have Agile values are not working that quickly. Just ask the Financial Times , a company that spent four years redesigning their media platform in a supposedly Agile way. How an Agile team works.

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Remote Agile Teams

Growing Agile

So we ran a survey to get a better understanding of how people were doing agile remotely across the world. If you’ve never experienced a remote meeting that works feel free to join our Virtual Lean Coffee meetup to see how we run Lean Coffee with people from around the world. The post Remote Agile Teams appeared first on Growing Agile.

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Which is better – Kanban or Scrum?

The Clever PM

A very common topic of discussion amongst Product Managers in general, and Agile practitioners in particular, involves the comparison of different forms of process and project management. Product Management Agile Culture Definitions Kanban Lean PM Roles ScrumBy far the most prominent and popular of these are Kanban and Scrum. And, much to my own personal dismay, often these discussions wind up devolving into some […].

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5 Ways Project Management and Lean Manufacturing Speed Up Processes

LiquidPlanner

Lean manufacturing has become a popular way to eliminate waste, reduce costs and improve efficiencies. The challenge with lean is that, despite its attraction to many executives who want to cut costs and increase productivity , a lean process doesn’t happen overnight. Of course, this conversation goes against the point of lean—to eliminate unnecessary waste—yet it occurs frequently. The reality is that most lean programs fail as executives lose interest.

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Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing

Digite

We’re honored to republish this blog post ‘Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing’ by Andrea Fryrear which was originally published in the Agile Sherpas blog! They also increase the number of learning opportunities for your Agile team.

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