Agile Practices: How to Run a Lean Coffee

Project Bliss

The term Lean Coffee doesn’t sound like a productive meeting session. How is a Lean Coffee better than that? Read on and find out how a lean coffee is a different kind of meeting than anything you may have experienced. WHAT is a Lean Coffee? A Lean Coffee is a type of meeting that allows participants to create the agenda at the beginning of the meeting based on their interests, with timeboxed discussions. Why Hold a Lean Coffee? Agile How-To

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Remote Lean Coffee

Growing Agile

This morning we hosted a Lean Coffee session. It was my first time hosting a virtual lean coffee. My first experience of a lean coffee was with Karen and Sam many years ago, I really enjoyed the loose structure and got so much of value that it soon became one of my favourite facilitation techniques. If you’re planning a lean coffee soon, here is a tip for you: I tested a few tools, Trello was easy for me to use as a virtual board.

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Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach

Planview

This blog is part of a series on Lean portfolio management for the enterprise. If you haven’t already, we recommend reading: Part 1: What is Lean Portfolio Management? Part 2: Lean Portfolio Management: Lean Budgets and Investment Funding. In the first two installments of this series, we talked about the key elements of Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) and how funding practices must adapt to better support LPM initiatives. Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE).

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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. There are a few basic expectations which should be met to ensure that your tooling isn’t consistently identified as a blocker during stand-ups and retrospectives.

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Agile Communications Plans

Leading Answers

Many traditional project management deliverables have agile alternatives. Yet we rarely see agile communications management plans. Given the high rates of change often experienced on agile projects, we might expect more emphasis on communications to keep everyone on the same page.

The Basics of Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

For small companies, Agile Transformation can be straightforward—since getting alignment can be accomplished by getting everyone in a room and creating shared understanding. However, for large, complex organizations with legacy technology architecture, Transformation must be carefully orchestrated to ensure that the work and investment made in making the change creates business value and actually leads to Agility. The Meaning of Agile Transformation.

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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. I caught up with Kanban pioneer David Anderson on the sidelines of Lean Kanban Central Europe and Lean Kanban India last year and asked him about his thoughts.

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How to Make an Agile Workflow for Your Team

ProjectManager.com

An agile workflow can help. For a long time the agile framework influenced teams outside of the software development sector from which it originated. People are evangelical about agile. There are those who are almost rigid in their adherence to the agile framework. Agile is about flexibility, bringing together teams and processes in order to create a more effective way to work. What Is an Agile Workflow? Let’s begin with a brief introduction to agile.

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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 employed in agile development, a roadmap equips your product with the essential framework for a team’s daily tasks and should be reactive to developments in the competing landscape. When done well, the Agile product roadmap is the foundation and facilitator of solution delivery.

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Lean Project Management For Remote Teams: A Simple Guide To Eliminate Waste & Improve Productivity

Teamweek

Lean Project Management can fix this. In this article, we’re going to explore: What is Lean Project Management? The Lean Methodology The 3 Types of Waste & How to Fix Them. What is Lean Project Management? As a concept, Lean originates from the Toyota production floor.

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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. Coming from a manufacturing background I have exposure to Lean (make to stock) and Agile (make to order) and TOC in terms of delivering products. My call to action; Let’s be agile together!

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The Disciplined Agile Mindset

International Institute for Learning

By Scott Ambler | Vice President, Chief Scientist of Disciplined Agile at Project Management Institute. This post is a supplement to Scott’s upcoming keynote at IIL’s Agile & Scrum 2020 Online Conference ]. The DA tool kit supplies straightforward guidance to help you, your team, and your enterprise increase your effectiveness. In this blog I describe the mindset behind PMI’s Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit, overviewed in Figure 1.

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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.

Lean Change Management – 4 Years Later

Agile Coach

A friend of mine asked me on twitter what my 3 main things I’ve learned teaching my Lean Change Agent workshops and what the main takeaways from attendees were. Context : it’s important to understand what triggered me to move away from agile, and into org change. First, How Lean Change Agent Came to Be. About a decade ago I was an innocent bystander in a screaming match between our ‘senior’ agile coach and a senior manager.

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What Is the Definition of Done for Agile Teams?

ProjectManager.com

These days, it seems like everybody is all about doing things agile. That’s largely due to agile’s ability to adapt to change and incorporate customer feedback, both of which are essential in today’s world where technology is constantly evolving, and swathes of information are just a few clicks away—including public customer reviews. But first, let’s get some more background on agile and its methods. How Work is Done in Agile.

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10 Ways Agile PMOs are Comparable to Hummingbirds

nTask

Creating an Agile project management office from scratch and managing in such a way that it prospers in the organizational paradigm is a real challenge, especially in the current market where we see successful businesses failing due to poor management.

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How are your Team Dynamics? (AI-driven Enterprise Agility in action!)

Digite

As a provider of software tools for Lean/ Agile project management, especially with large customers who run large and complex projects for their enterprise customers and have 10s of thousands of users working on our products, we generate a large amount of project performance and delivery data. Many Agile teams are known to manually track their Niko-Niko calendar that shows with an emoji the “happiness level” of each team member. AI-driven Enterprise Agility in action!)

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“Organize Around Products/Services” is a great addition to the Disciplined Agile principles

Kiron Bondale

The Disciplined Agile (DA) principles were recently refactored and as part of this refactoring, a principle was added: “Organize Around Products/Services” While it is just one of the eight principles, this new one aligns very well with lean thinking. It also addresses many challenges which leadership teams experience with agile transformations. Agile Facilitating Organization Change Project Management agile project management governance team building

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19 Best Tools to Support Agile Project Management

Scoro

One approach that has become popular in recent years is an Agile methodology that has expanded from its original use in software development to a wealth of other industries. What is Agile project management? Agile tools are built directly into the platform.

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. According to the Oxford Dictionary the term Agile is an adjective to describe: The ability to move quickly and easily. The ’Agile Alliance’. Manifesto for Agile Software Development.

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Continuous Planning Equals Business Agility

Planview

The ability to be agile or flexible in your planning process is crucial – even when the plan is already in action. Add agility into your continuous planning process, which offers an important benefit. Now that you have examined your organization’s planning process, what tools, technology, and capabilities are needed to take your continuous planning practices to the next level. Lean and Agile PMO

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Business Agility: What Is It & Why Is It Important?

ProjectManager.com

To do so requires business agility. What Is Business Agility? Business agility is just as it says, a way for businesses to remain agile when markets fluctuate, as they have a tendency to do. Business agility then is an organizational method to help businesses adapt quickly to market changes. Origins of Business Agility. The history of business agility as a concept begins with software development. Business Agility Framework.

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12 Best Free & Paid Kanban Board Tools [2021]

Teamweek

With its roots in lean manufacturing, many companies use Kanban to improve their productivity and deliver optimal customer value. In this article, we’re going to roundup the 12 best Kanban tools on the market. Specifically, we’ll run through: What is a Kanban tool ? Kanban Tool.

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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. Tools – Motivation Game, Listening Game, Feedback Models. Formats – open space, lean coffee, ideation. Agile Frameworks – Scrum, Kanban, XP, Lean, Scaling.

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Agile Certification: Your Guide to the Large Array of Agile Qualifications

Online PM Courses

You want to embrace Agile as part (or maybe all) of your Project Management practice. Which Agile Certification program should you follow? Classifying the Agile Certification Providers. To make this guide easier to read, I have divided the providers of Agile qualifications into three categories: Agile Certification Your Guide to the Bewildering Array of Agile Qualifications. I have also included the Axelos PRINCE2 Agile qualifications here.

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. We examine tools for making hand-offs and dependencies visible to highlight and bring collective attention to the problems. Gain tools for making dependencies, queues, and blocked work visible. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Risk Management Tailoring Approaches Teams Theory of Constraints Travel Warning Signs

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Leveraging Agile to Get Predictable

Leading Agile

Agile isn’t ever really about Agile. In our Business Drivers of Agility webinar series hosted by LeadingAgile CEO, Mike Cottmeyer, Mike dives deep into six key business drivers to uncover how Agile can enable organizations to connect these drivers to better business outcomes.

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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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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. The PMI has stuffed agile into everything in an attempt to stay current, but is it right or even helpful? We look at the limitations and applicability concerns of using agile approaches.

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Questioning Agile Dogma

Leading Agile

When I first learned about Agile methods in 2002, the principles seemed to offer an ideal solution to many organizational issues common at the time. It’s time now to move forward to the next level of proficiency in software delivery; what we might call “post-Agile.” ” A lot more is possible than was imagined when “Agile” was first defined. Let’s begin with some parts of the Agile canon itself.

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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. From human resources to manufacturing, procurement, sales, and marketing all aspects of a business needs to run on agile principles for a company to become Agile. What is Agile Management? .

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What is the Difference Between PRINCE2 Agile and APMG Agile Project Management?

Arras People

In this guest post, Simon Harris responds to a question from a reader about the two different Agile project management courses which are available. What is the difference between PRINCE2 Agile and APMG Agile Project Management? A counterpoint would be that Agile Project Management (Agile PM) is based on DSDM Atern while PRINCE2 Agile “integrates any agile development approach you want”. The RAD movement predates Agile. Agile PM’s Syllabus.

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. To get you a bit caught up on the topic, I’ve pulled together an introduction to give you an overview of the background and philosophy, along with a few of the most popular styles of Agile. What is Agile Software Development? Agile teams prioritize collaboration, adaptability and working software.

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The Right Way to Think About Cost Savings with Agile

Leading Agile

Cost savings is a tricky subject with Agile. But it’s not because Agile can’t impact cost savings. It’s because Agile has very little impact on direct and immediate cost savings. The problem is, most people think the wrong way about how to save on cost with Agile.

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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. We examine tools for making hand-offs and dependencies visible to highlight and bring collective attention to the problems. Gain tools for making dependencies, queues, and blocked work visible. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Risk Management Tailoring Approaches Teams Theory of Constraints Travel Warning Signs

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SwiftEASe – Relentless Improvement in Value Delivery with Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®)

Digite

With this Digité launches a new, tightly integrated tool for planning and managing the entire software delivery process based on the SAFe framework. SwiftEASe provides end-to-end enterprise agile lifecycle management that enables teams at all levels– enterprise, portfolio, program, and team— to collaborate and deliver software faster. SwiftEASe helps you quickly Scale Agile to your Enterprise! SAFe Uncategorized agile Lean Scaled Agile Framework Visualization

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Agile Infrastructure Transformation and TBM

Leading Agile

Questions of how does Agile apply to infrastructure and what does TBM have to do with Agile were in my mind. As we look at recent thinking around Agile, there are more and more articles on a shift from Project to Product, flow of work, and value-streams. This is where TBM and Agile align. A TBM model and related tool will assist in that cost and consumption transparency so that those discussions can be informed with data. . Agile in Infrastructure.

Agile Project Management Principles

Binfire

In the project management and software development fields, Agile project management principles realized and practiced. . Companies are making huge investments in Agile and DevOps tools and training. The benefits of Agile are well known. Agile helps with speedy roll-outs, continuous improvement, flexibility and reacting to market or customer changes. Most people don’t know the Agiles guiding principles. If you are not using Agile yet, you should.

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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. Maybe the problem is not agile, but it is your management style. To most managers, agile is like a new, radical form of leadership.

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Retrospectives and Intraspectives for Agile Practitioners

MPUG

Let’s apply this by thinking of a team of Agile practitioners working on a software product. Would you ask them to continue working week after week or month after month without ever sharpening their tools? Retrospectives and intraspectives in Agile development do exactly that. The importance of taking the time for retrospection comes from one of the 12 core principles of the Agile Manifesto. “At The need for such can also occur in a flow-based Agile project.

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