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. 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.

Troubleshooting in Lean-Agile Development


Many project managers utilize a Lean-Agile approach when there is high change or churn in project requirements, significant lack of clarity in scope, high complexity to their projects, and/or a larger number of risks associated with such. Two Lean-Agile Types. Flow-based Lean-Agile.

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Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach


This blog is part of a series on Lean portfolio management for the enterprise. If you haven’t already, we recommend reading: Part 1: What is Lean Portfolio Management? Part 2: Lean Portfolio Management: Lean Budgets and Investment Funding. In the first two installments of this series, we talked about the key elements of Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) and how funding practices must adapt to better support LPM initiatives. Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE).

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6 Top Project Management Books for Engineers and Manufacturers


While engineers learn a lot of valuable skills in school, project management isn’t always one of them. Many engineers end up learning PM skills on the job and on their own time. If you’re an engineer looking to grow your project management skillset, you’re in the right place. Further Reading: 5 Reasons Engineers Need to Learn Project Management Skills]. Project Management for Engineering and Construction by Garold D.

Why perfect is the enemy of good - using lean change to apply agile in context


Why perfect is the enemy of good - using lean change to apply agile in context. Importantly, unlike many Agile coaches and training programmes, our teams of Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Skilled Engineers all come from a project delivery background.

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What Puts Manufacturing Teams Ahead: Lean Six Sigma


There are always common themes that come up at these conferences, but these days it seems that you can’t turn around without getting smacked in the face by Lean Six Sigma. Lean Six Sigma has been growing up for quite a while now. Before we go any further, allow me to make a confession: I believe that Lean Six Sigma is the dharma path for much of manufacturing. Quality is quality, and Lean Six Sigma can push yours higher. Why Lean Six Sigma Now?

Agile Product Development: Engineering Practices


Their competitors look flexible, faster and more engaged with the market need, they claim to be Agile, startup Lean and many other buzzwords: it doesn't matter at this point: fast customer-centric companies are beating the big ones. Engineers are taking so much care of quality and engineering, developing cutting edge software.

The First Principle of Lean Management: Eliminate Waste


Once upon a time, in the land of the rising sun, there were two industrial engineers, Shingo and Ohno. They developed the Toyota Production System (TPS), dubbed as Lean production many years later. Lean" was created as a response to an extremely complex environment.

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Systems Engineering and Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

But in technical systems - engineered technical systems - the system has to work when commanded to do so. This is the domain of Systems Engineering, that many times is based on the principles of Ackoff and others like him. Systems Engineering: Coping with Complexity , Richard Stevens, Peter Brook, Ken Jackson, and Stuart Arnold. INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook - membership needed. This is the professional society for Systems Engineers.

Avoid -- if you can -- batch transfers

Musings on Project Management

Collaboration! (*) And, less optimally, smaller "batches" (did someone say "lean"?) Mike Cohn has an excellent posting on the " agile system engineeringWe no longer say "waterfall"; now we say "batch transfer" Fair enough. New label; old wine. I get it. But, still, to be avoided -- if you can What replaces the sequential batch transfer (formerly: sequential waterfall. Hiss!)?

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Scrum or Kanban for Application Support teams?


What engineering practices and automation need to be put in place to reduce the overall number of bugs and improve code quality? Our belief is that it is not only not fair to make a team work only on defects while another team gets to work on all the new, cool stuff, it is also bad management/ engineering practice. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Project Management Scrum Visual Project Management

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Route to Enterprise Scale Agility


I caught up with Kanban pioneer David Anderson on the sidelines of Lean Kanban Central Europe and Lean Kanban India last year and asked him about his thoughts. While Scrum is probably most prevalent in IT, Kanban and Lean are significant too. Lean adapted from lean manufacturing principles, focusses on a fast and smooth flow of work, helping deliver value quickly and predictably, learning and improving through early feedback, using data evidence to make decisions.

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From Toyota, to AirBus, to Wrike: The Lean Journey of Errette Dunn (Podcast)


In this episode, Errette discusses his work — how he started out as an engineer at Toyota and transitioned to Airbus just as they transformed to using Lean Management methods. In this Podcast, you’ll learn about: Lean Management and how Toyota piloted a method called Lean Manufacturing that would eventually transform the automotive industry. Airbus’s transition to Lean and how it influenced change management and culture.

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Essential SAFe 4.0 – How is it Different from SAFe 4.0?


Lean-Agile Mindset. The biggest challenge that a large organization faces is an absence of a Lean-Agile mindset. is to train the top management and change leaders in Lean-Agile and SAFe principles. calls upon organizations to launch Agile Release Train (ART) for driving organizational change towards the Lean-Agile framework. The RTE (Release Train Engineer) is one such role recommended by Essential SAFe 4.0. agile Essential SAFe Lean SAFe Essential SAFe 4.0

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How do you “do” Scrumban?


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. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Lean Scrum Scrumban

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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. 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.

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The Complete Guide to Six Sigma Methodology


In this article, we’ll explain what the Six Sigma methodology is, how lean Six Sigma principles differ, and how Six Sigma project management can help boost your organization’s process efficiency and quality. A look at the lean Six Sigma principles.

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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations


Over the last 6 years, we have evolved, as have our dev/ engineering practices. Besides key Kanban practices – including a reasonably strict adherence to WIP Limits – we have also, of course, invested heavily in engineering practices to enable a true continuous delivery/ deployment environment – and that journey still continues. Everyday Kanban agile DevOps Kanban Lean Project Management Scrum Scrumban Visual Project Management VisualizationIs this you?

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Review of Product Development Books

Leading Answers

The cost of developing the software in new vehicles is now greater than the cost of the engine. It has become the single most expensive component, even in internal combustion engine vehicles with no autonomous driving features. Moreover, it is now about 50 years since NATO held the first conference on software engineering and the age of software began. The framework employs a lean inspired set of metrics that include flow velocity, flow efficiency, flow time, and flow load.

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SAFe Simply Explained (Part 2): Basic Idea and Most Important Terms


The SAFe method is based on the Lean philosophy and offers a fixed framework in which Scrum and other agile management methods can be scaled to the entire company. Process Optimization in Project Management (3): Lean Project Management. Go Lean! –

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SAFe Easy Explained (Part2): Basic Idea and Most Important Terms


The SAFe method is based on the Lean philosophy and offers a fixed framework in which Scrum and other agile management methods can be scaled to the entire company. Process Optimization in Project Management (3): Lean Project Management. Go Lean! –

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From Toyota, to AirBus, to Wrike: The Lean Journey of Errette Dunn

PM for the Masses

Some start in Engineering school, others have degrees in […]. The post From Toyota, to AirBus, to Wrike: The Lean Journey of Errette Dunn appeared first on Project Management for the Masses. Some start in Engineering school, others have degrees in […] Interviews Podcast Soft SkillsAs the host of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast, I get to know a LOT of people in the PM industry.

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Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers


There has been some backlash against Six Sigma over the recent years, some of which is warranted and will be discussed, but overall the process proves a valuable tool in reducing defects in product manufacturing, especially when paired with Agile thinking, lean manufacturing and capable project management tools. Six Sigma was first introduced by Motorola engineer Bill Smith in 1986, where it was registered as a trademark. Lean Six Sigma.

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What Is Poka Yoke | How to Use It & Why Is It Important?


This technique is a part of Lean management and ensures that there are no errors, to begin with. The term Poka-yoke was coined by a Japanese industrial engineer named, Shigeo Shingo. What Is Poka-Yoke In Lean Management? Poka-yoke is a lifesaver in Lean management.

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The Top Five Project Management Certifications in the UK

Arras People

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. The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt consists of 100 questions. Quality Engineers. Individuals who want to learn and practice Lean Six Sigma Principles. BQF’s Lean Six Sigma Course. Reed’s Lean Six Sigma Course.

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How To Become a Successful SAFe Agile Coach?


The SAFe Agile Coach is supposed to enable the agile teams in their SAFe adoption, and they also learn a variety of Lean techniques/tools to improve the flow of value in their agile teams. Once you learn about SAFe, you could take your second step as a Release Train Engineer.

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Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success - teaches how to create your own project plan and learn the importance of the early project phases in achieving project success. 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 18 Most Influential People in Project Management


He writes consistently on his blog about software development and lean, Kanban and agile development principles. Rothman is the author of 14 books, nine of which are on project management topics, including: Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate & Deliver, Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization and Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule.

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Industrial Psychology for Project Management

Girl's Guide to PM

There’s an acceleration due to covid but there are going to be initiatives where you are engineering people out of a role to be replaced with tech. This often ends in restructure because execs want to make the organisation lean and change the way people think.

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The Digital Fluency Model

Henny Portman

Engineering Culture, Delivery Mindset: patterns and best practices of lean, iterative, and continuous delivery of software. My quest continues and continues. The Digital Fluency model is the next one to add to my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest article (thanks to Zaher Alhaj).

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2022 Online and In-Person Events for Project/Resource Managers and Industry Professionals

Epicflow Blog

The first area will involve topics related to Agile, Lean, Scrum, Kanban, System Thinking, and other methods for improving the software development process. Another area of focus will cover Lean Startup, LeanUX, Design Thinking and Customer Development topics. .

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How to shrink your project with the Minimum Viable Product: 5 Tips for Minimum Viable Projects


We are expected to deliver a perfect engineering performance, but real innovation? According to the lean startup principle "Build - Measure - Learn", the product is further developed iteratively. This is why most large companies cannot be transformed into a lean start-up.

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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. Agile thinking, with its associates engineering practices (TDD and CI) focus on this specific aspect. One cannot really be Lean or Agile without these engineering practices. 5S Agile Kanban Lean Production Pyramid

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How To Become a Successful SAFe Agile Coach?


The SAFe Agile Coach is supposed to enable the agile teams in their SAFe adoption, and they also learn a variety of Lean techniques/tools to improve the flow of value in their agile teams. Once you learn about SAFe, you could take your second step as a Release Train Engineer.

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Top 20 Project Management Methodologies & their Scions: Which One You Should Choose & Why?


This methodology focuses on lean principles and applies strict processes to increase efficiency. Just like Six Sigma and Kanban, lean project management methodology focuses on streamlining the business process, delivering value and eliminates wastage. With lean project management, you can reduce overall costs and increases customer satisfaction. There are five key principles of lean project management: Specify value. Packaged Enabled Re-engineering.

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Differences Between a SAFe Scrum Master and a Scrum Master


Understanding of Lean and Agile. SAFe embraces Lean and Agile principles making them very explicit. The SAFe Scrum Master is supposed to enable the agile team in its SAFe adoption, and they also learn a variety of Lean techniques/tools to improve the flow of value in their agile teams.

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Best Kanban Software of 2021 for Project Management


Kanban, which means billboard or signboard in Japanese, is a work management system developed by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. While it could be used for more traditional methodologies, the software is more concerned with teams working with lean or agile frameworks.

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Kanban Inventory Management: How to Run a Kanban System


It was developed about three-quarters of a century ago by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. It’s like the old cartoon of the steam engine moving across a virgin landscape, with workman tearing up old track behind the train and laying it down before the train as it moves forward. This all dovetails nicely into lean manufacturing , which is a philosophy of continuous flow of product through the manufacturing process.

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Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog

Leading Answers

Prioritizing based on business value is an example of the lean concept of 'Taking an Economic View of Decision Making.' If we believe there is a 50% chance that we will need a new reporting engine, then the expected monetary value (EMV) of this risk is 50% x $100,000 = $50,000.

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A Quick Guide to Program Management


But to execute program management strategies successfully, many program managers have to lean heavily on tools to get the job done. and Chicago, IL as many program managers work in IT companies, the tech industry, the engineering industry and others.

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