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.

Lean Portfolio Management: Lean Budgets and Investment Funding


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 this post, we’ll discuss a fundamental component of Lean portfolio management: funding.

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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. Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement

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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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What Is Lean Project Management? It’s Origin, Principles & Benefits

ProProfs Project Management

With that in mind – lean project methodology is a great example! . Taking a few pages out of the book of lean manufacturing, we’ll have a look at what lean project management is in the first place. About Lean Project Management. Origins of Lean Management.

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


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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How to Get Started with Lean Project Management


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


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.

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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.


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 following Positives were identified when applying Agile/Lean methods to these projects: Positive Contributors. If using SCRUM, defined planning activity.

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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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How do you “do” Scrumban?


Start by defining the Kanban board that visualizes the process your Scrum team currently uses to develop, test and deliver/ deploy the user stories. Define WIP Limits. How do you define WIP Limits? Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Lean Scrum Scrumban

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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


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.

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


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? Lean and Agile PMO

Roadmapping: An Essential Planning Practice to Deliver Outcomes


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.

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Shifting from Projects to a Product-Centric Approach


So we’re all on the same page, let’s define products as offerings for external customers while programs focus on internal optimization initiatives. Lean and Agile PMO

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Continuous Planning Equals Business Agility


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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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

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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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Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing


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. Agile Marketing agile Kanban Lean

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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.

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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.

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Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers


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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Putting Continuous Planning Types to Work


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. Lean and Agile PMO

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


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. Lean and Agile PMO

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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 Transformation

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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.


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.

Limits of a Self-Organizing Team

Leading Agile

So, it isn’t strictly necessary for the authors of a manifesto to define terms or express things precisely. Will the team define the organization’s policies with regard to discrimination or harassment? Will the team define their own dress code?

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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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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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Develop Better High Performing 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. Behaviors and competencies for lean and fast teams can differ in many ways.

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Enterprise Agility in Financial Services: Learnings from the 2019 Planview Horizons Customer Conference


Financial services companies often operate with a traditional approach to project and portfolio management where annual budgets define how projects are funded and executed. Alternatively, with a Lean and Agile approach, you look at where you want to go and how you want to get there.

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Everything You Need to Know About Six Sigma Certification


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?