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.

Lean Portfolio Management: Lean Budgets and Investment Funding

Planview

This blog is part of a series on Lean portfolio management. If you haven’t already, we recommend reading part one first, “ What is Lean Portfolio Management ,” which you can find here . In the first installment of this series, we discussed why modern enterprises need Lean portfolio management and the specific elements that make Lean organizations better equipped to compete in a rapidly evolving, unpredictable world. This is where Lean budgeting comes in.

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What is Lean Six Sigma?

Project Health Check

Lean Six Sigma, a management buzzword that seems to persist and many don't understand. Lean Six Sigma is an approach for Process Improvement Projects, combining many different conceptual tools depending on the situation. Essentially Lean Six Sigma is a fusion of two ideas: "Lean" and "Six Sigma": Lean Lean is a approach that seeks to eliminate Waste during a production process; it originated in Japan on the production lines of Toyota.

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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. Anything that directly contributes to the delivery of customer-defined value is deemed “value-add activity.”

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Process Optimization in Project Management (3): Lean Project Management

Inloox

In the last blog post on process optimization in project management we introduced you to the 5-S framework, which is also very popular in Lean Management. Therefore, we will now deepen the topic Lean Project Management. Working Efficiently with Lean Project Management Getting project costs under control and optimizing communication with the customer: this is where Lean Project Management comes in. The basic principle of Lean Project Management is the following: ".

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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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Process Optimization in Project Management (3): Lean Project Management

Inloox

In the last blog post on process optimization in project management we introduced you to the 5-S framework, which is also very popular in Lean Management. Therefore, we will now deepen the topic Lean Project Management. Working Efficiently with Lean Project Management Getting project costs under control and optimizing communication with the customer: this is where Lean Project Management comes in. The basic principle of Lean Project Management is the following: ".

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

Taskque

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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How to Get Started with Lean Project Management

Teamweek

Lean project management sounds like a brand-new concept when in actuality it’s been around for over 40 years. Now, fortunately for project managers across all sectors, the lean philosophy is more widespread and making a difference in all sectors that value customer service.

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7 Factors for running an effective Kanban Replenishment Meeting

Digite

As an example, for a regular Help Desk or IT Ops team, I would imagine it would be a fairly simple task since their overall deliverable is pretty well defined and the prioritization of their work would be based on a combination of the urgent and the important. or a simple Priority or Rank, usually defined jointly by the stakeholders, etc. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Kanban board kanban cadences Lean Replenishment Meeting

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Scrum or Kanban for Application Support teams?

Digite

Are there explicit policies defined on how they shall select the work they do on a day-to-day basis? We are not a Scrum shop, but we have a reasonably well-defined time-bucket of 4-5 weeks in which we make new releases. Defining a workflow that reflects the way your team works and mapping all the steps in the value stream, so you can fully study which of these might be bottlenecks, and why your team is spending so much time on defects.

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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 team started the session by working in teams to identify what aspects of Lean/Kanban facilitate small project execution that have fixed scope, fixed budget and small duration (“+ives”) and what aspects don’t (“-ives”). The following Positives were identified when applying Agile/Lean methods to these projects: Positive Contributors.

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Team using “Waiting for Release” column on their kanban board

Digite

If it is a production support environment, there may be some SLA (service level agreement) goals to be met (response time, resolution time, etc.) – which would again need some pre-defined frequency of releases in order to meet those SLAs. If your unpredictable release schedule is a (perceived) problem, it can be easily fixed by defining an explicit policy to do releases every 1, 2 or 4 or 6 weeks, whatever is acceptable in the business context.

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Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily

Digite

If it is a production support environment, there may be some SLA (service level agreement) goals to be met (response time, resolution time, etc.) – which would again need some pre-defined frequency of releases in order to meet those SLAs. If your unpredictable release schedule is a (perceived) problem, it can be easily fixed by defining an explicit policy to do releases every 1, 2 or 4 or 6 weeks, whatever is acceptable in the business context.

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How do you “do” Scrumban?

Digite

Start by defining the Kanban board that visualizes the process your Scrum team currently uses to develop, test and deliver/ deploy the user stories. However, with Kanban, you get the opportunity to visualize the User Stories in a Scrum Storyboard – which could be a higher level Swim Lane on the same Kanban board, where you can define the detailed engineering process that a user story goes through. Define WIP Limits. How do you define WIP Limits?

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The Basics of Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

The process centers around forming teams, defining an Agile governance model, and identifying and baselining metrics the company cares about. Step 2: Define an End State Vision. Getting Started: Define the End State.

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Using Kanban in Marketing

Digite

I was learning several new concepts including Lean, Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Project Program Management, etc. I was already aware of Lean principles and their techniques because I got Lean certified in my previous company. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough get to attend the Lean Kanban India 2016 conference (LKIN) and listening to David J Anderson and other thought-leaders. Each card in the Events lane has a pre-defined To-do list.

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Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

Leading Answers

Next, the idea of a “project” with a defined endpoint is dissolving too. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Teams Warning Signs“ Software is eating the world ” claimed venture capitalist, Marc Andreessen in his 2011, New York Times article. Seven years on, the trend continues, and project managers are also on the menu. The next generation of project managers face new challenges but also new opportunities as organizations undergo a major transformation.

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Review of Product Development Books

Leading Answers

The framework employs a lean inspired set of metrics that include flow velocity, flow efficiency, flow time, and flow load. It is in the rebranding of tradition lean metrics that I struggle to recommend the book wholeheartedly. By prefixing the normal throughput based lean metrics with the word “Flow” Mik is able to define  specific versions of the terms that are often implemented slightly differently from organization to organization.

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

Digite

Define the Value Stream specific to each level – with WIP limits on columns where needed/ possible. Define links between boards using the Card Hierarchy links. Create your own configurable work item types and define ‘valid’ parent-child relationships to suit their needs. Use these relationships to define the parent-child links between cards on one or multiple Work Boards. Easily define ARTs and the teams that make up an ART using a visual drag-and-drop interface.

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Strategic Planning: The Types of Planning That Bring Your Strategy to Life

Planview

Strategic planning is used to define and manage an organization’s strategic missions and initiatives, especially in larger enterprises where uncertainty produces conflicts. Can you define your organizational strategy in the form of a strategic plan? Can you define budgets and targets for the elements of the strategic plan and use them to fund initiatives and programs? Lean and Agile PMO

Shifting from Projects to a Product-Centric Approach

Planview

So we’re all on the same page, let’s define products as offerings for external customers while programs focus on internal optimization initiatives. PMOs should proactively partner with finance to define a more iterative approach to funding that promotes learn-as-you-go, fail fast experimentation. Lean and Agile PMO

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Roadmapping: An Essential Planning Practice to Deliver Outcomes

Planview

They define the products, services, technologies, applications, or other types of deliverables necessary to meet the organization’s strategic plan. The roadmapping aspect of this planning type defines timelines and dependencies of strategic programs and projects that deliver outcomes. As you follow this planning type, you should be able to: Define the outcomes needed to make your strategic plan successful. Lean and Agile PMO

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Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers

ProjectManager.com

It can mean different things within various organizations or circumstances, but there is a way to broadly outline this business process improvement methodology and define its beginnings, its, rise, its use and its implementation. To start, let’s define the term Six Sigma.

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

Digite

To handle the various kinds of board designs, we have provided the option for the board manager to specifically define the upstream stages for their boards, in the Board Editor. In the Toyota Production system, there are 8 types of waste already defined which broadly fall into the categories of effort, time and materials. Lean/ Kanban agile Elimination of waste Kanban Kanban board Lean MUDA

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Continuous Planning Equals Business Agility

Planview

Then further define costs, benefits, and value. Lean and Agile PMOYour organization’s ability to react quickly and pivot to changes and disruptions is crucial to remaining relevant to your customers.

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Should Agile Teams Have a Definition of Ready?

Leading Agile

It would be stupid to expect a team to start work on an item that isn’t defined. Agile Teams Agile Transformation Lean Thinking Structure Teamwork Training TransformationIn The Dangers of a Definition of Ready , Agile thought leader Mike Cohn expresses a concern that is shared by many in the community: That by establishing strict rules about what information must be provided before a development team can take on a backlog item, we risk backsliding into a linear process model.

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Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing

Digite

WIP limits may be Kanban’s core defining feature, but it’s not all you need. Anderson defines five core properties that make for a successful implementation: Visualize Workflow. One way to visualize how work makes its way through the team: think of any significant gates or gatekeepers in your workflow — such as approvals, reviews, handoffs from one person to another, or releases out into the world — and use those to define the columns of your board.

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The Intrigue – and the Universality – of Kanban

Digite

In his posts , he encourages teams to recognize it as a sign of progress, not failure – and use that to define new policies that help teams work with the new state of existence on to the next phase of improvement and change. So, it has come to us as no surprise that in the most popular and prevalent scaling method that the Agile world has adopted, the Scaled Agile Framework®, Lean and Kanban have become increasingly central to it. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Scrum

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Turbo charge your Personal Kanban with GTD

Digite

I got exposed to Lean thinking when we first started using the Kanban Method for our software development. Defining a WIP limit, i.e., how many things we are going to work on at the same time, helps prioritize what we must do now. Kanban, with a clear focus on improving flow, strongly emphasizes defining and adhering to WIP limits in order to make sure that work that has already been taken up is completed first before starting new work.

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Scrum and Kanban Revisited

Digite

I could give an extended answer here, but suffice it to say that if you don’t understand that Scrum and Kanban both seek – in their quite different ways, both technically and philosophically – to help their organisations (not just their products) evolve in the presence of internal friction and external competitive pressure, then you don’t understand them, Agile, Lean, or Lean-Agile very well at all. 1] A True North for Lean-Agile? Introduction.

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Putting Continuous Planning Types to Work

Planview

Strategic planning to define and manage your strategic missions and initiatives. Outcome planning and roadmapping to define the products, services, technologies, and applications needed to deliver on your strategic plan. The model helps you and your organization determine a strategy to define your goals and streamline your continuous planning process to create budgets faster and align projects. Lean and Agile PMO

Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

Leading Answers

Next, the idea of a “project” with a defined endpoint is dissolving too. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Teams Warning Signs“ Software is eating the world ” claimed venture capitalist, Marc Andreessen in his 2011, New York Times article. Seven years on, the trend continues, and project managers are also on the menu. The next generation of project managers face new challenges but also new opportunities as organizations undergo a major transformation.

The Journey Towards Embracing Agile: A Holistic Approach for the PMO

Planview

The first step in the journey is to define the “why.” For example, some elements of governance may still apply, but are adapted to various ways of working, like collaborative, iterative, Lean, and Agile. Instead of executing discrete projects, persistent teams deliver outcomes defined by a product roadmap. Lean and Agile PMO

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Is Opinionated Software the Future of Project Management?

Leantime - Project Management

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 Simple Research board is adapted using business principles such as Problem – Solution – Fit and the Full Research board using principles such as lean methodologies. The Kanban board was developed during lean manufacturing. Business Development Entrepreneur Lean Startup

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Portfolio Lane: Revolutionizing Portfolio Kanban!!!!

Digite

Enterprise/ Portfolio Kanban has for some time provided a visual method of defining and managing portfolios in a much easier manner compared to traditional PPM tools. However, given that workflows at different levels and boards could be modeled very differently, one thing that was not possible earlier was to visually show the progress of parent cards along the workflow defined for the parent cards.

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SwiftKanban Product Update- February & March 2017

Digite

You can define Cycle Time thresholds at a column-level – for some or all columns of a board. Once you define them, SwiftKanban will highlight cards that have or have not exceeded these cycle time thresholds. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Esp Kanban Kanban board SwiftESP SwiftKanban Update To-Do Lists Visualization

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The Disciplined Agile Mindset

International Institute of Learning

The eight principles are are based on both lean and flow concepts: Delight customers. To do this we need to be pragmatic and adopt agile, lean, or even traditional strategies when they make the most sense for our context.

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Business Agility with SAFe

Agilemania

Business Agility is defined as the ability to thrive and compete in this digital age by responding swiftly to the market changes and with emerging opportunities with innovative business solutions. It requires everyone involved in it to make use of Lean and Agile practices to constantly deliver high-quality and innovative products. What is Business Agility?

Everything You Need to Know About Six Sigma Certification

ProjectManager.com

Jennifer helped to define and guide those interested in this discipline. The five basic stages of Six Sigma are: Define. This means you have worked with Six Sigma, Lean project management, or any other quality-related projects. What is Six Sigma?