What Is Lean Manufacturing?


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. An Overview of Lean Manufacturing. History of Lean Manufacturing.

Review True lean

Henny Portman

With the book True lean – Your guide to the fundamentals connecting purpose, process and people written by Rudy Gort you get a concise but complete and clear overview of and insight into lean. The last part elaborates on the power of lean. English Post lean QRC review

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Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach


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. Lean More.

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7 Proven Ways Lean Six Sigma Methodology Can Speed Up Your Business Growth


This would not have happened if you have implemented lean six sigma or paid attention to improving the quality of the product. So what’s lean six sigma all about? What is Lean Six Sigma? Lean Six Sigma is a methodology used to minimize defects and errors and improve the process.

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Don’t over-process your project management communications!

Kiron Bondale

I wrote an article in October 2015 describing how the eight forms of waste (a foundational lean tool) can affect project teams. Let’s do a deeper dive into the waste of over-processing. So what are the impacts of over-processing on the project manager’s part?

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The 30 Most Popular Project Management Articles from 2017


We scoured the top online publications to find the 30 most widely read and shared project management articles. These three articles share some of the best practices and how-to articles to help your business reduce risks and avoid costly mistakes.

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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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How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

XP, scrum, lean, etc.) Second, the use of lean and agile tools and methodologies beyond IT, software and manufacturing. Visual, lean tools that truly engage all team members are going to become essential in 2019. Lean in a little more to the opportunities before you.

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Fika Stories 1 – Help! Our Kanban Died!


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. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Scrum user story

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Scrum With Kanban WIP Limits


This article is the second in a series of “Kanban and Scrum – Stronger Together”. In my last post, I discussed how a Scrum team could change nothing about their process and organically start describing how they work in Kanban terms.


Scrum with Kanban Class of Service


This article is the third in a series of “Kanban and Scrum – Stronger Together”. In my last post , I discussed how a Scrum team could add the concepts of WIP limits to their process and derive measurable delivery performance benefits.


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. XP, scrum, lean, etc.) Second, the use of lean and agile tools and methodologies beyond IT, software and manufacturing.

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Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

Leading Answers

“ Software is eating the world ” claimed venture capitalist, Marc Andreessen in his 2011, New York Times article. The goals (satisfied stakeholders and value delivery) will remain the same but the tools, titles and processes employed will be vastly different.

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The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum


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. The Kanban Method pulls a great deal of its values from a Lean value system.


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


The work you’re doing when instituting a change in process or organizational principles is tantamount to changing the course of a river. Many change management processes fail because simple logistical or tactical details were overlooked, or the team wasn’t properly equipped.

The Basics of Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

” In this Article. The process centers around forming teams, defining an Agile governance model, and identifying and baselining metrics the company cares about.

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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations


In the usual Scrum process, the P.O. Alternatively to the previous: I believe The IT Skeptic had an article about having two boards – one focused on the stakeholder epics, the other on the actual short-term tasks. Is this you?

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Why the agile process is here to stay (and why it should!)


Granted that the agile process isn’t the only effective workflow management methodology out there today, but it certainly is worth understanding more; organizations should at least consider how it can affect the way they work and produce in this day and age.

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How to Identify, Analyze and Eliminate Muda From Your Kanban System?


Any system/ business process you are using to develop products or offer services will have a certain amount of waste generated. However, very few of these products have helped identify and measure the waste in your process. Upstream Process definition.

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The Intrigue – and the Universality – of Kanban


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! than to say “This is what the process is asking (forcing) me to do. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Scrum

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Kanban and Scrum Together – Not So Fast


Here Dave white has shared his thoughts on the article ‘Kanban and Scrum Together’ written by Steve Porter. To be clear, I’m speaking about The Kanban Method when I use the word kanban and I believe that is what this article is talking about when it says Kanban and Scrum are stronger together. That pressure is what drives organizations and teams to adopt a ‘process’ that they think will help. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Scrum WIP WIP limit


Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing


In this article, Andrea explains the Kanban method in detail starting from its origin to its principles and its application. But, for teams that chafe under the strictures of the Scrum process, Kanban can be a freeing alternative. Make Process Policies Explicit.

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Visualizing Project Flow Using Cumulative Flow Diagrams


In my recent article, Sequencing Product Backlog , I used the shortest weighted processing time (SWPT) strategy to sequence a product backlog in order to minimize flow time and work in progress [1]. Flow time is the sum of a unit’s wait time and processing time.

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Sequencing Product Backlog


When modeling a project as a flow process, one objective is to deliver the maximum amount of value in the shortest amount of time. The effectiveness of the sequencing depends upon the interaction of three process variables: flow rate, flow time, and the inventory of work in progress (WIP).

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Scrum and Kanban Revisited


As the article bemoans, this has been going on since 2012. We decided to initiate a short campaign from outside to bridge this discussion from our side and as the first step in that, I am honored to publish the article ‘Scrum and Kanban revisited’ by Mike Burrows, originally published on Mike’s blog – AgendaShift. The article provides great insights on the Scrum and Kanban methods, especially the debate surrounding the two. 1] A True North for Lean-Agile?


Webinar Recap: PMI PMBOK Guide 7th Edition Standard – What’s New?


So for the first time the PMBOK guide is shifting from a process based standard to a principle based standard. Such as, framework, methods, approaches, processes, knowledge areas, process groups, inputs, tools, techniques, outputs. But, when you take processes.

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Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

Leading Answers

“ Software is eating the world ” claimed venture capitalist, Marc Andreessen in his 2011, New York Times article. The goals (satisfied stakeholders and value delivery) will remain the same but the tools, titles and processes employed will be vastly different. Yet the scientific project management that grew out of the industrialization of process is largely left behind. I first wrote this article for ProjectManagement.com here ].

PMI PMBOK Guide 7th Edition Standard – What’s New?


The standard part of the guide makes a paradigm shift from a process-based approach to a principle-based approach. Should the processes prescribed by the organization be religiously followed or should project management professionals go for “minimally needed processes” (MNP)?

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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

In my article " How to choose the right project management methodology ," I covered the key considerations and some of the assessment criteria when choosing a methodology. SCRUM LEAN KANBAN. Definition A predefined and recurring set of rules, roles and processes used to expedite the release of higher quality products. Originally applied within the manufacturing supply chain process, but now applied within many other industries. Uses formal processes and team roles.

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Retrospectives and Intraspectives for Agile Practitioners


The retrospective process consists of two words: Retro – meaning recent past, and. You can define the retrospective process as: “A recurring workshop in which the team looks back on their work over a period, reflects upon it, and learns.

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Is Opinionated Software the Future of Project Management?

Leantime - Project Management

In 2000, two psychologists based out of California released a study article regarding choice. These “unplanned” things happen in every project all the time and they should not come as a surprise; but rather be baked into your planning and delivery process. Leantime is the first opinionated lean project management system. We took the best practices of design thinking, lean, and agile and put them into a single intuitive system. The Process. The Process.

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


So if you’re new to this or perhaps you’ve kind of been using it in a couple of different veins, maybe you’ve been part of a scrum team or you’ve watched it happen around you, or maybe you’ve seen a horrific implementation of an agile process, it isn’t necessarily the methodology, but sometimes you have to think about your culture, the environment, and what you’re trying to do. So individuals and interactions over processes and tools.

Develop Better High Performing Teams


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. Behaviors and competencies for lean and fast teams can differ in many ways.

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The Top Five Project Management Certifications in the UK

Arras People

In this article, we will tell you about the different project management certifications that are in demand in the UK and what each certification entails. The registration process is quite similar to the PMP registration. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

The PM Skills You Can Forget About (And the Ones You Really Need to Know)


So what processes and techniques will catapult your career and what are the areas that you can… overlook? In this article I’ll look at 5 project management techniques, processes and skills that you will no doubt have heard mentioned time and time again.

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Webinar Recap: How Innovation & Portfolio Management Office Underpins Corporate Success


” Tad: The central proposition of this talk is despite the best intentions even at board level, many organizations are failing to exploit transformation opportunities because project delivery, where we all know, live, and love, and the infrastructure that support it and the processes are simply not fit for this purpose. Tad: Let’s talk about that innovation process. Tad: Delivering innovation, like most things, is a gated process where we go through and have some sparks.

Transforming to an Agile Enterprise

International Institute of Learning

They realize the final solution and product can only be arrived at through a process of experimentation and use of iterative methods. The organization embraces a Lean culture. They apply Lean principles and embody the philosophy of continuous improvement.

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Is It Possible To Have Too Much Data?


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. The Stages of Lean PPM .

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Authentic agility avoids burnout

Kiron Bondale

Harvard Business Review published an article this week covering six causes of burnout and how we can reduce these. The eighth principle of the Manifesto argues against this: “ Agile processes promote sustainable development. sprint review) and process (e.g.

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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

This group of guys recognized a need for a more adaptive alternative to the regimented, documentation-driven software development process. They identified the following 4 values promoted in Agile software development: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.

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