Lean Thinking and the Parable of the Underbrush

Leading Agile

Lean Thinking starts with identifying customer-defined value, and proceeds from there by focusing on ways to maximize the delivery of that value. Products may have to be pushed to production or placed in the market with known flaws, lest a business opportunity window close.

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The Problem with Story Points

Leading Agile

If the numbers are close together, say 2-3-3-5-3, then a value in the middle is taken, like 3. Once they get a reasonably close set of numbers, they write it down and move on to the next story. For starters, let me just say there’s no problem with story points.

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Value for Money

Pawel Brodzinski

If at the same time we are close to our ideal utilization (which is between 80% and 90%) additional money we’d get may not even be a good compensation for lost options and thus we’d value money much less than you do.

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Allocating WIP Limits for a Kanban System


It is analogous to a ticket being open or closed. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Kanban board kanban cards Lean Visualization WIP WIP limitI have seen people focus a lot on what the WIP limit should be for a Value Stream stage of a Kanban system.

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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

SCRUM LEAN KANBAN. Teams align based on common goals and work closely together. Uses lean as the way to combine the best components of kanban and scrum practices to deliver the most sustainable value as fast as possible. 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.

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The Intrigue – and the Universality – of Kanban


Ramesh has been the whiz behind much of our analytics – and has worked closely with David Anderson in the development of our SwiftESP capability. The Digital Enterprise – Visual, Lean and Agile. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Scrum

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Kanban and Scrum Together – Not So Fast


I felt like it was time to close the tab by providing my thoughts. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Scrum WIP WIP limitContinuing our theme of facilitating Scrum and Kanban, we’re honored to publish another guest blog post by Dave White on ‘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. Hope you enjoy reading it! KANBAN AND SCRUM TOGETHER – NOT SO FAST.


Portfolio Kanban for Enterprise Visibility


There is a way forward and we have been investing in it, working closely with some of the largest enterprises in the world. Solving the Insulation Challenge of Managed Transformation.

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10 Useful Apps We Recommend for New Remote Teams | TeamGantt Blog


Get an up-close look at 10 useful apps we lean on to keep our team connected, informed, and productive At TeamGantt, we’re 100% remote.

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Product Owner Survival Camp

Tyner Blain

Ellen Gottesdiener, Jeff Patton, and I (Scott Sehlhorst) have developed Product Owner Survival Camp USA to address exactly this challenge – helping product owners close the gap between strategy and execution. You will learn ways to close the gaps between strategy and tactics.

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Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

Stakeholders and developers closely collaborate on a daily basis. Within agile here are some frequently used methods, with scrum, kanban, and lean being the most popular. Lean (LN). 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?

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Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Project Management Life Cycle - a course on how to apply project management tools, processes, and techniques for the successful execution of a project from initiation to closing. Six Sigma and Lean: Quantitative Tools for Productivity and Quality - covers how to master Six Sigma and Lean fundamentals to improve productivity and quality in your organization and earn a TUM Lean and Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.

The Top Five Project Management Certifications in the UK

Arras People

Closing – 7%. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. What is Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt? How much does the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification cost in the UK? The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt examination costs about £220.

Cycle Time goes Visual


If you see the chart above closely, you will see that on average, most of the cards get completed between weeks 0-15. Kanban Kanban board Kanban cycles Lean/ Kanban agile Cycle Time Analysis Cycle time settings Visualization

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5 Ways to Instantly Build Rapport for Increased Trust and Improved Relationships

Project Bliss

If they lean forward on the conference table, lean forward. If they leaned back in their chairs, I did the same. Example: I met with a new well-established team and would be working closely with them for several months on a software implementation.

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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

” She must work “closely with key stakeholders throughout the organization and beyond” and “must be able to communicate different messages to different people about the project at any given time.”. She lists the following seven lean principles: 1.

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Get Motivated: 10 Motivational Speeches That Will Change Your Life


He opens young minds in this speech to the fact that as educated as they might be, they can still hold a closed mind. In this famous speech that launched the Lean In movement, Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg deconstructs the idea of the career ladder.

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How to Ask for a Raise (and Get One)


While it’s true that business casual tends to lean more toward casual nowadays, dressing appropriately shows respect and professionalism. Those are all legitimate reasons, but they’re unlikely to sway your boss unless you have a very close relationship.

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What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?

Arras People

There are many flavours of Agile, you may have heard of SCRUM, Kanban, Lean, Lean Startup, Extreme Programming to name but a few! What does Agile mean? And how on earth do we distinguish this in the job market?

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Inspiring Women in Project Management: Pam Shergill

Girl's Guide to PM

I didn’t believe the model was successful and provided some figures to my boss, recommending that we close down the operation. I closed down the operation and my boss offered me a job as a project manager based in Ireland.

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Inspiring Women in Project Management: Karen Chovan

Girl's Guide to PM

Today I’m interviewing Karen Chovan, MASc, PEng, PMP, who has dedicated her career to helping others deliver clean, lean and green approaches to project and programme management.

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How to Be Assertive At Work (Nicely)

Girl's Guide to PM

I’ve had too many coaching clients who aspired to make a living more closely aligned to their passions, but they get caught in the trap of a job they hate but seemingly can’t leave because the compensation is too good. Lean in a little more to the opportunities before you.

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

Arras People

One reason for their similarity of definition is that Project Management is in some senses a fairly closed set of steps, roles, techniques and tools and so is Agile. So both PRINCE2-Agile and Agile PM have closely parallel syllabi structure as well as syllabi content.

10 Best Project Management Quotes


Read them, share them and keep them close at hand for when you need them. Project management is vast. Few professions involve so many management tools , terms and different skills.

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PMI-ACP Exam Prep Course with Mike Griffiths, Calgary, Alberta

Leading Answers

The exam covers Lean, Kanban and agile approaches such as Scrum and XP along with servant leadership and collaboration.  I am gathering names for my next Calgary based  PMI-ACP  Exam Prep course.

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The Calm Before the Project Management Storm

Arras People

If you don’t get close to the new ways of working you/we will lose out. There comes a time when you’ve been working in and around project management for a while and you take a sit back and just reflect for a while.

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The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

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What to expect: As a Lean and Agile project management expert, Corinna Baldauf shares her knowledge to help PM professional find and fix process problems. Some of the other topics to help teams achieve results and deal with change include Scrum, growth, and Lean management.

PMP Success Stories 2018 – Meet Simone


I took the exam in two (2) different formats, the first time was the fifth edition in March (above target in Initiating and Closing, bombed all else); second was the sixth edition on August 9th (passed Planning and Initiating, but performed poorly; bombed all else) and for the third and last time September 5th. I took periodic breaks during the intervening period to regroup after each failed attempt, and to earn my Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (from May to June).

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Playing Whack-A-Mole With Risk

Tyner Blain

Before your window of opportunity closes? Laura Klein spoke at the Lean Startup Conference about identifying risky assumptions and her talk was published in Dec 2014.

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What is the Difference Between Agile vs Waterfall?

TrustRadius Project Management

There are several different flavors of agile development such as Extreme Programming (XP), SCRUM, Kanban, Lean Software Development, Agile Unified Process, etc. Lean Development: Lean practices can apply to software development, too.

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PMI-ACP Exam Prep Course with Mike Griffiths, Calgary, Alberta

Leading Answers

The exam covers Lean, Kanban and agile approaches such as Scrum and XP along with servant leadership and collaboration.  The course will be capped to 20 people for better Q&A and will likely take place at historic Fort Calgary which is close to downtown on 9 th  Avenue, has great catering and free parking. I am gathering names for my next Calgary based  PMI-ACP  Exam Prep course.

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Why Agile is important?


This is a fact that close to 60% of all projects fail completely or finish late and over budget. An Agile organization is a lean organization which is able to respond to new events or challenges really fast, almost in real time.

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Project Management Job Interviews

Arras People

Settle yourself firmly into the back of the chair, so that you can lean forward slightly to denote interest on a particular topic. Closing the Interview. Interviews are the make or break element of the job search.

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The New Need to be Lifelong Learners

Leading Answers

While I drafted this article gadget store Brookstone declared bankruptcy and Apple became the world’s first publicly traded trillion-dollar company, with Amazon close on its heels. We are a generation who stand with one foot in the outgoing industrial era and one in the knowledge-based future.

The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

They aim to instil lean concepts of respect for people, minimization of waste, and value delivery. They employ a more trusting Theory Y view of workers as willing contributors rather than the traditional Theory X view that workers need close supervision to work hard.

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Becoming a Project Manager – A Complete Guide for 2018

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By working close to their side, you’ll master project management methods, processes, and best practices. This could be an option if you don’t live close to the college you’d like to attend or if you just don’t have enough time to attend university. Closing.

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Value and the Needed Units of Measure to Make Decisions

Herding Cats

Measures of Effectiveness - these are operational measures of success that are closely related to the achievements of the mission or operational objectives evaluated in the operational environment, under a specific set of conditions. What Can Lean Learn From Systems Engineering?

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Six Reasons Why Project Managers Need PPM


It closes the dangerous communication gap within the organization and empowers you to get quick support for projects that are performing poorly or for conflicts that become visible through easy-to-understand reports and dashboards. Project portfolio management and a Lean PPM solution like Meisterplan will help you avoid this situation or it will back up your arguments. Approaches such as Lean PPM requires only a minimum amount of work from you, the project manager.

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Talent Management of The Future

Leading Answers

When we read through this list anyone familiar with the agile mindset will likely see connections to agile and lean values. They favor a Theory Y (people want to contribute and learn) approach to leadership over Theory X (people are lazy and need close supervision).

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How to Deal With Project Failure

Paymo App

This can mean issuing a recall for a consumer product, contacting the financial backers ahead of time to warn them, and in extreme cases, downsizing to ensure your company is lean enough to weather the storm. Being so close to a project that failed, it may be difficult for you to see the big picture. Project management is a gamble. In business, you make decisions, and sometimes they’re wrong.

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