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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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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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.

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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.


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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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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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.

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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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 91

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.

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.

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

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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

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


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 productivity by combining Personal Kanban with GTD

Sudipta Lahiri

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, again helps us prioritize what we must do now.

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.

The 3 Main Roles in an Agile Team


There are a few defining characteristics of an Agile workflow: Daily standup – A daily meeting in which contributors and managers discuss what work was done yesterday, what they’re working on today, and any questions that come up. A Scrum team is small, lean, and results-driven.

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Agile Requirements with User Story Mapping

Sudipta Lahiri

A group of 20+ Lean/Agile enthusiasts met on Saturday morning at 10am. First, identify the vision of the product by defining the usage sequence of the product. Finally, define the user stories under each of the usage steps (within the usage sequence) for each of the personas.

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Learning Agile Requirements with User Story Mapping

Sudipta Lahiri

A group of about 25 Lean/Agile enthusiasts met on this Saturday morning. The groups were asked to first identify the sequence of steps defined above. The Limited WIP Society Bangalore Chapter held its 2 nd Meetup at Pune on Oct 26. The session was hosted by BMC, India and their office.

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Capacity Planning for Dynamic Teams following Kanban Method

Sudipta Lahiri

Fixed price projects have a defined scope that needs to be delivered within a contracted budget and within a negotiated timeline. Yet, a significant portion of the software development community does want to adopt some of the Agile/Lean principles that they believe they will benefit from.

2014 52

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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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.

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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.


10 (understated) Lessons from TPS!

Sudipta Lahiri

There is a lot of of literature on application of Lean and TPS to software industry. However, there are some key takeaways from Lean thinking that need to be understood/appreciate but haven’t got adequate focus in the software community. 5S Agile Kanban Lean Production Pyramid

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Pareto Analysis of Blocked Cards

Sudipta Lahiri

I would like to hear from the practitioners how frequently they are doing Pareto Analysis of blocked cards and then defining action items during a retrospective to fix them. Kanban Lean Agile Agile ALM Agile Project Management ALM Kaizen Retrospectives

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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.

2017 52

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.

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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.

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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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.

2017 156

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 156

How to Pick a Project Management Methodology for Success


here are numerous project management methods out there, most often with single-noun names (think Scrum and Lean) that don’t really give away much about what they actually mean for a project manager. As the name might suggest, Lean is all about trimming the fat from projects and processes.

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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.

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.

2017 156

Project Portfolio Management Works for More Than Just IT


Why Project Portfolio Management Makes Sense for IT (and Beyond) Many companies initially began to apply the concepts of portfolio management to their IT projects because they had no visibility into what was being done throughout the organization, and they had no defined processes for reviewing project proposals. It makes sense to keep things simple from the start, so I’ll briefly share the basics of the Lean PPM method many of our customers have found helpful.

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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.

How to Be Smart in a Project with a Slack Team Member

Project Risk Coach

I worked with the team to define the project and complete a work breakdown structure. We defined the project tasks and made assignments. When I assigned Susan her tasks, she leaned back and away. Have you ever had problem team members?

2016 222

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.

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