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What Is Lean Manufacturing?

ProjectManager.com

Lean manufacturing addresses one of the worst things that can happen to any enterprise: waste. This insistence on eliminating waste is where the idea of lean as a management system developed. Called lean manufacturing or lean production, the truth is that the lessons learned from this methodology can be universally applied. An Overview of Lean Manufacturing. Lean is a methodology to reduce waste in a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity.

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. I distinguish consulting as providing advice, solutions and information; whereas coaching is more asking (hopefully insightful) questions and leading clients to find their own answers and grow in capability. Getting Started Personally, I was hesitant to get into agile consulting and coaching.

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Lean Project Management: What Is It and Why You Should Be Using it

Techno-PM

The lean system was mostly used in manufacturing. If you're a project manager, a team leader, or even a regular employee, you need to know the core principles behind lean project management. In this article, learn all you need to know about it in greater detail.

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The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum

Digite

Continuing our theme of helping Agile teams understand the Kanban Method, so they can effectively adopt it for their improvement efforts, I am again honored to publish a guest article by another great friend of ours – Dave White. Dave is a Principal Consultant at Depth Consulting Ltd, and Program Director of the KCP Program at the Lean Kanban University. You will enjoy this excellent article. Thanks for following along on this rather epic article.

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Fika Stories 1 – Help! Our Kanban Died!

Digite

In this 2-part series, we are honored to publish a couple of blog posts by (2016 Brickell Key award winner) Christophe Achouiantz, Kanban thought-leader, consultant and coach. Christophe takes on the all too common problem that teams implementing Kanban (or any other process change initiative for that matter) face – the sense of “doom” that Kanban is not working for them because of resistance they face. Look at Jason Little and his excellent Lean Change Management for guidance.

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10 Career-Limiting Mistakes To Avoid

Girl's Guide to PM

However, you should also make it clear that this is not your project anymore and they are responsible, otherwise they’ll lean on you for a long time. You will not revise and standardize your processes. They aren’t always up-to-date with the latest processes and practices.

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10 Reasons the Change Management Process Fails (and How You Can Succeed)

Workzone

The work you’re doing when instituting a change in process or organizational principles is tantamount to changing the course of a river. Let’s take a moment to address each of these barriers and outline some research-backed and time-tested strategies for overcoming them, so you and your team have the best chance of succeeding in the change management process. Many process change initiatives failed because of an underestimated scope, a lack of resources, or the clock running out.

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The Intrigue – and the Universality – of Kanban

Digite

While there has been a fair bit of the religious battle about Scrum vs. Kanban – which, while doing injustice to both Scrum and Kanban, has certainly helped to keep Kanban under the spotlight – the fact is that most consultants, coaches, and practitioners have been far more pragmatic and sanguine about it. In the recent past, there has been a lot of discussion due to an article was written by Jeff Sutherland, especially well captured in this great write-up by Mike Burrows!

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. Mark Phillips runs a consultancy focused on high performing projects. XP, scrum, lean, etc.) In 2018, I plan to expand my book, Project Management for Creatives , into a full course, and dive more deeply into resources that guide successful implementation of tools, process and systems in the simplest way possible.

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Waterfall Should Have Never Existed: Part 1

MPUG

In the following two-part article, I will argue that: ‘ Agile ’ is not agile. opposite approaches to scheduling in one project in Part 2 of this article. In the process of this development, Agilists hijacked a few techniques and presented them as their own.

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Overview and Key Themes of IIL’s 2021 Agile & Scrum Online Conference

International Institute for Learning

In this article, we’ll preview key themes that will be discussed at this unique learning event. Creating Value in Client-Centric Processes. IIL’s 6th annual Agile and Scrum Online Conference: Co-Create for Greater Value opens on June 3, 2021.

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Webinar Recap: SIPOC Workshop Facilitation – Part 1: Overview of SIPOC and Systems

MPUG

Jeff is currently the lead course developer for Edward’s Performance Solution and oversees the production and maintenance of courses on project management, systems engineering, software development, business process improvement, and cybersecurity. And then here’s the process.

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Webinar Recap: SIPOC Workshop Facilitation – Part 3: Workshop Facilitation and Questions

MPUG

Suppliers Inputs Processes Outputs and Customers. Jeff: And like I was explaining last time when I was seeing these process focused and on the job, what do you mean by that category? ” A job aid or process procedure description, step-by-step screenshots and all sorts of stuff.

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How to boost your career with simple time allocation tricks

International Institute for Learning

By Karim Radwan, Founder of Impactus Consulting | IIL Consultant and Trainer. This article ambitions to provide you with essential principles to allot your time in a way that maximizes your productivity and benefits your career. ” – John Earley, The Lean Book of Lean.

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A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

Girl's Guide to PM

At the end of this article there’s a link to download my free roles and responsibilities document template. In this article I’ll give you everything you need to know about producing a RACI chart for your project. There’s a lot going on in this article so here are some quick links to help you navigate through it. Consulted: These people would like to know about the task and we would seek their opinions before a decision or action.

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Webinar Recap: Transformative Leadership: How to Elevate your Impact with Less Effort and None of the Stress

MPUG

As a coach, Ravi has helped countless clients, including management consultants, technology startups, and Fortune 500 company leaders unlocking their higher performance and building careers that they can be proud of. It just means this is how my brain processes meaning. Articles

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Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 1 – Understanding & Incorporating Agile Project Management

MPUG

He’s an accomplished speaker, consultant and educator supporting the project management community for over 25 years. I’ve got some articles, in fact, I just wrote one last week for MPUG, if you haven’t seen it, talks about how agile is being used at Microsoft to eliminate bureaucracy. So individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Lean, we’ll talk about just in time or we think about continuous process improvement.

Develop Better High Performing Teams

ProjectManager.com

Of course, this assumes that organizations are streamlining processes, using new digital transformation approaches or methods and are assigning competent project managers to lead small, medium and large teams. It’s not solely about the decisions of executives though, it’s also about great project leaders learning to run fast and lean while developing high performing teams that can deliver value to their organization.

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Is It Possible To Have Too Much Data?

Meisterplan

Different project management tools can record all processes in real time, documentation systems can collect completely new data and make it comparable to each other, and some apps can allow your employees to easily document all work steps through any smart device. You may even utilize a consulting firm to perform a detailed analysis of your workflows and identify ways to be more productive. The Stages of Lean PPM .

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Webinar Recap: Leveraging the Latest Office 365 Project Tools & Capabilities

MPUG

Tim is an accomplished speaker, consultant, educator and PMO expert, supporting PMI for over 25 years. My goal today is really to help educate you so that you are basically standing on firm ground in a process to go forward as both technologies continue to merge, consolidate, and in some cases they break apart. As we think about kind of moving to that process, how does this hybrid discussion go? We’re going to jump that right into our in-process and the due date.

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Next Generation Project Management Software

Girl's Guide to PM

In this article we look at emerging software in the PPM space and discuss how its selection and implementation needs to be done in line with an overarching digital strategy. Project management practitioners are looking for new lean and agile project management tools to support their day-to-day work and often seek them outside the tools that their organisations offer them. He is a senior manager in Nexen Business Consultants as part of the Engineering group.

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The DMAIC Methodology: Six Sigma Strategies for Businesses

Techno-PM

It is used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes and outcomes. Download Project Management Templates If you're a business leader or project manager who wants to improve their organization, this article is for you.

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Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 3 – Best Practices & Real World Use of Agile with MS Project / Project PPM

MPUG

He’s an accomplished speaker, consultant and educator, supporting the project management community for over 25 years. So I’ve been working with both Agile, Waterfall, Lean, I’ve worked with a lot of different methodologies, and it’s a lot of fun to just kind of look at how you can basically work forward, make these tools work for you.

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A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

Girl's Guide to PM

At the end of this article there’s a link to download my free roles and responsibilities document template. In this article I’ll give you everything you need to know about producing a RACI chart for your project. There’s a lot going on in this article so here are some quick links to help you navigate through it. Consulted: These people would like to know about the task and we would seek their opinions before a decision or action.

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#PMOT – Who are the Project Managers on Twitter to Follow?

Online PM Courses

If you want to follow project management conversations on Twitter… Or if you want to keep up with the latest articles, or products… #PMOT is a good tag to follow. This article is going to be different to most of ours. International project management consultant & speaker. Ron’s Article at Online PM Courses: Are You a New Project Manager? Lindsay’s Article at Online PM Courses: Essential Guide to Project Management Contracting.

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What is the Definition of Done (DOD) in SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework)?

Agilemania

Built-in quality is also a core principle of the Lean-Agile Mindset, helping to avoid the cost of delays (CoDs) associated with recalls, rework, and fixing defects. Definition of Done for SAFe: The article “Built-in Quality” in SAFe has a section on the Scalable Definition of Done.

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If It Was My Organization

Agile Coach

They’re filled with a glut of questions seeking binary answers, and for each question there are 17 coaches and consultants arguing about why their answer is the best answer. We argue about how stupid people are when they make mistakes, or openly attack people for having a different viewpoint, but I wonder how many coaches and consultants giving advice have actually had a real job and felt what it was like to be stuck working with someone with the dreaded ‘fixed mindset’.

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10 Ways Agile PMOs are Comparable to Hummingbirds

nTask

Let’s just say that in an ideal world where most of the Agile project management offices around the world are lean and state-of-the-art and are a contributing factor to the overall success of the organization, we’ll get to see just how similar PMOs are to hummingbirds.

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New PM, New Choices

Leading Answers

I wrote this article about the choices of approach we have and ways for new PMs to navigate them.). Consultants will say,  “Oh, it depends…”  and start a lengthy (aka expensive) conversation. Consider the process of designing a new car or home. The process is likely to be iterative and adaptive. Approaches like lean, kanban and agile work well in these uncertain, high-change environments. Integrating with the COTS software was a hybrid process.

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The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

Paymo App

PM Training And Consulting Companies. Some project management professionals or consultants have their own individual blogs where they share their thoughts on PM best practices and news. You’ll find how-to articles and actionable tips on these methodologies. What to expect: Gina Abudi uses her experience with both small businesses and large organizations to write about projects, leadership, people, team building, professional development, and processes.

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Incubating Innovation

Leading Answers

The process of learning starts with understanding the knowable and then adding to this through experiments and new learnings. These teams need support and coordination services throughout the process. It sounds a difficult balancing act, but approaches such as design thinking, lean startup and agile provide stewardship models for development with inbuilt experimentation, observation and learning. Note: I first wrote this article for ProjectManagement.com here ].

Why Agile Transformations sometimes fail

Scrum.org

This is an ongoing process of continuous improvements, running inspection and adaptation. Secondly, in some organizations, the process of Agile Transformation takes many years, yet still, the results are unsatisfactory. People related to this process might ask themselves: "Why is that?

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The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

Well, that’s the  idea and the promise of the consulting companies that sell transformation services. Can the average organization actually become a disruptive leader just by adopting the structures, tools and processes from the real disruptive leaders? They aim to instil lean concepts of respect for people, minimization of waste, and value delivery. Handoffs are very wasteful—they contribute to the eight lean DOWNTIME wastes….

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Knowledge Management: Share the Wisdom

Project Management Essentials

Knowledge Management (KM) is broadly defined as the process of creating and sharing information across the organization. I kept building systematic and codified processes. Explicit knowledge is rule-based processes and procedures. Adults prefer to play an active role in the process. Creating a set of tools, templates, and guidelines builds explicit knowledge and is the prerequisite for establishing consistent, repeatable processes. Lean Coffees.

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Building the Plane While in Flight: How to Remotely Tackle a COVID-19 Business Continuity Crisis in Your Enterprise

Leankor

The switch to remote processes needs to happen today, not next month and not next week. Whether a department uses Agile/Scrum, Lean or waterfall, all methods can become unified in a virtual platform and communicate with ease, making the management and movement of projects seamless.

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Webinar Recap: They Finally Did It! Microsoft Releases a Brand-New Version of Microsoft Project

MPUG

Tim is an accomplished speaker, consultant and educator, supporting the project management community for over 25 years. So we move kind of, basically through the process of looking at one of the tools that are available.

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Remote Agile (Part 2): Virtual Liberating Structures

Scrum.org

Based on that article, I also ran a live virtual class, the recording of which will be made available soon on the Age-of-Product’s Youtube channel. Do you want to get this article in your inbox? Read all articles of the Liberating Structures for Scrum series.). In this article, I revisit most of those microstructures and provide initial thoughts on how to use them as virtual Liberating Structures. TL; DR: Remote Agile (Part 2): Virtual Liberating Structures.

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Road Trippin’ Organization Change: The Journey

Project Management Essentials

In last month’s article, ”Road Trippin’ Organizational Change: The Beginning” , I recommending using adaptive-agile planning practices and treating the effort like a road trip: Set the direction, not the destination. In this article, I present additional recommendations to address challenges along the way. Similarly, an experienced consultant can help our transformation. Perhaps improving the existing process will suffice; Mitigating the impact by planning for contingencies.

Kanban 101: Improving How We Work

Project Management Essentials

Kanban means signboard or billboard in Japanese and has its roots in Toyota’s Lean manufacturing model. Nearly everything we do follows a process. The most basic Kanban has three process steps: Things we need to do, Things we are working on, and. For example: software development typically goes through a process of: collect requirements, design, code, test, and deploy. Examples of more complicated process flows are available on the Lean Kit website.

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The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

Well, that’s the  idea and the promise of the consulting companies that sell transformation services. Can the average organization actually become a disruptive leader just by adopting the structures, tools and processes from the real disruptive leaders? They aim to instil lean concepts of respect for people, minimization of waste, and value delivery. Handoffs are very wasteful—they contribute to the eight lean DOWNTIME wastes….

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