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. Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement

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Scrum or Kanban for Application Support teams?


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.


Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily


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.

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


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.

2018 46

Good Enough

Tyner Blain

With the current mind share enjoyed by Lean Startup and minimally viable products (MVP), there is far too much shallow analysis from people jumping on the bandwagon of good ideas without fully understanding the ideas. Many people mis-define product in MVP to mean experiment.

2014 187

Using Kanban in Marketing


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.

The Intrigue – and the Universality – of Kanban


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. The Digital Enterprise – Visual, Lean and Agile.

2018 65

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


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. Lean/ Kanban agile Elimination of waste Kanban Kanban board Lean MUDA

Turbo charge your Personal Kanban with GTD


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.

Value for Money

Pawel Brodzinski

They also define two very different business environments. At the same time we expect at least a bit of Lean Thinking on account of our clients. entrepreneurship software business software development lean price product development startup value

2016 60

Scrum and Kanban Revisited


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.


Value of MVP and Knowledge Discovery Process

Pawel Brodzinski

While I’m a huge fan of the idea since I learned it from Lean Startup , these days I feel like one can label anything an MVP. In this case it wasn’t about defining what is a Minimal Viable Product. software business lean startup mvp product management startup

2015 58

Portfolio Lane: Revolutionizing Portfolio Kanban!!!!


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.

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SwiftKanban Product Update- February & March 2017


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.

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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

The product owner is heavily involved throughout the course of the initiative, and is responsible for defining and prioritizing work as changes occur through the course of the implementation. They took lean manufacturing principles and applied them to software development.

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Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

At the end of the day, it depends on how you define agility, or more precisely how you define “self-directed.” It is also a characteristic of lean manufacturing. In support of that long term goal you may define a handful of strategic initiatives.

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Introduction to Kanban

Project Health Check

Ka nban is something that features in both Lean Six Sigma and Agile software development. It descended from the Lean improvements of the Toyota Production System, and is a proven approach to optimise effectiveness of a production line system.

2018 52

Product Owner Survival Camp

Tyner Blain

Convert strategy to reality by prioritizing the right strategic goals to define an agile product roadmap and manage a lean product backlog. Product owners are likely to find themselves alone in the organizational wilderness.

2016 130

Minimal sufficiency applies to tooling just as much as it does to documentation!

Kiron Bondale

For organizations which have onerous, document-based delivery standards, it serves as a guiding principle to lean out methodologies focusing on the minimal set of information required to meet delivery and control needs.

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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained


In this article, we will explain what agile project management is, define its process, tell you why agile might be right for your next project, and finally a few downfalls of this methodology.

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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. Ensure that there’s a clearly defined review and approval path for not only key deliverables but also for presentations and reports.

Project Management: 5 lessons learnt the hard way


Transparency about business decisions will keep teams lean and focused, but it will also help different parts of the business work better with each other. Define your own corporate culture early on: don’t think that you need to be big and fancy to have a culture.

The Tyranny of the Urgent - and how to manage it

Project Health Check

2) Define an Issue Escalation Process In point 1 we attempted to avoid urgent issues and escalations in the first place by proper planning. Define escalation routes for different types of issues e.g Urgent requests: it seems like most requests we get are.

Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Our first step is to define our two axes. Requirements and expectations are immutable – this is the typical expectation within a large bureaucracy; someone built a business case, got funding, and allocated a team to deliver the product as-defined.

2014 159

Rethinking Resource Management

Arras People

Lean, agile, phase-gate, and many more methods are all being used in our organisations. Our hope is that by embracing Work and Resource Management, we can help you define and deliver on those big ideas that drive your business.

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Value and the Needed Units of Measure to Make Decisions

Herding Cats

They define compliance to performance requirements. The buyer defines the KPP's during the operational concept development process - KPP's say what DONE looks like. What Can Lean Learn From Systems Engineering?

2016 78

What's your Data Point?

Project Health Check

That status would then not only be clear and unambiguous, but the automation of reporting would be Lean process improvement to boot. There's lots of talking on Projects; too much really. And so little of value said.

Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Six Sigma: Define and Measure - an introduction to the Six Sigma methodology and DMAIC cycle for process improvement with a focus on the define and measure phases. 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.

Next Generation Project Management Software

Girl's Guide to PM

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. The implementation strategy requires having a plan with the final objectives defined.

SwiftKanban/ SwiftESP for AKTs and KCPs


Based on the announcement made there by Lean Kanban, Inc. The Kanban Method – defined in detail in the famous Kanban ‘Blue Book’ – provided the foundational principles and practices of much of the method as it exists even today.

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The Calm Before the Project Management Storm

Arras People

By all means have PROFESSIONALS at the top of the tree but have the good sense to nurture the young up a clearly defined development ladder and in all corners of our society.

5 Project Management Tips for Manufacturing Teams


One of the first activities in any project is to define what the project is , and everything that needs to be done. This will also encourage your team to get together to think about the work ahead, define milestones and deliverables, and think about deadlines.

A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

Girl's Guide to PM

RACI (say: racy) is a way of categorising stakeholders to define their roles and responsibilities on a project. Agile Readiness: Four Spheres of Lean and Agile Transformation by Thomas P. Working out who does what on your project can be a challenge.

2016 207

Why Do Products Fail? – Ignoring Context

Tyner Blain

In GTD, a context is defined as “the tool, location, or person that is required to be able to complete an action.” Not sure where I found it, but here’s a link to a great presentation on UX for lean startups from Lane.

2012 159

Becoming a Project Manager – A Complete Guide for 2018

Paymo App

ability to define situations, document data, and draw conclusions. define the overall scope of the project. The six main steps of this method are: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control, and Synergize.

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Why do most projects fail?


The scope is not properly and completely defined. If the scope defined properly, it will be much easier to accurately plan and estimate the project duration. Think of project scope as the document defining the project’s goals, deliverables, features, and cost. .

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Culture Pockets

Pawel Brodzinski

If we look at how organizational culture is defined there are two things that are crucial. One such idea is Lean Startup. One obvious context of applying Lean Startup ideas are startups. That would typically mean someone defining different rules for a part of an organization.

2015 56

Agile Management


In the following paragraphs, we define what Agile practice is in a company-wide setting and help you get started in making your business an Agile business. To run a business agile, your organization needs to be lean.

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Why Do Products Fail? – Incomplete Solutions

Tyner Blain

Most of the best practices of software development, in particular agile and lean* methodology, bias us towards focusing on – almost fixating on – the former. When defining a product, you may identify a user who has five problems that you want to solve with your product.

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Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

Lean Software Development (LSD): It has seven principles: removal of waste, more learning, decide as late as possible, faster delivery, team empowerment, build integrity in, and see the whole. We recommend using Agile if: The final version of the product is not defined. Unknown end-goal: If your project’s end goal is not defined then Agile will work for you.