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.

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.

A Quick Guide to Business Process Mapping


That guide is called business process mapping. An Overview of Business Process Mapping. Business process mapping means defining what a business does, who is responsible for what, what is the standard for completing that process, what tools will be used and how the success of the business is determined. History of Business Process Mapping. These tools were then picked up by industrial engineering, and in the early 1930s industrial engineer Allan H.

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?

5 Key Goal Setting Exercises for High-Performing Engineering Teams (from Google, LinkedIn, DropBox, and more)


To do this, I like to think of the goal-setting process like a house of cards. Great enterprises marry a sense of purpose with amazing operational excellence and put processes in place for how they will achieve that vision.”. Before we get into what types of goals you should set for your engineering team and how to set them, we need to answer a couple of questions about the kind of goals you’re setting in general.

Systems Engineering and Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

This is a good start, but it needs to produce actionable outcomes , not just principles, but practices and processes. But in technical systems - engineered technical systems - the system has to work when commanded to do so. Much of Ackoff's principles are the basis of practices and processes that assure this happens. . This is the domain of Systems Engineering, that many times is based on the principles of Ackoff and others like him.

The Complete Guide to Six Sigma Methodology


Whether manufacturing physical products or providing digital services, most businesses follow some sort of process to deliver the proverbial goods. The principles of Six Sigma were first introduced at Motorola by engineer Bill Smith in 1986. What is the Six Sigma process?

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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. It is not a replacement for Scrum, rather it is a way to improve almost any process you may be using.

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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. Be it the “software development process” or the “employee onboarding process” or “the procurement process” – agility is rapidly becoming a cornerstone of our digital world. While Scrum is probably most prevalent in IT, Kanban and Lean are significant too.

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How do you “do” Scrumban?


In the simplest level, Scrumban is just the application of the principles of the Kanban method on top of your Scrum processes. Often, teams who do this call the resulting changed/ improved process Scrumban. Kanban’s fundamental principles are: Visualize your current process. Improve Flow by addressing any process bottlenecks and evolve gradually. Visualize your current process. 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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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations


In the usual Scrum process, the P.O. 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. Is this you?

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Scrum Mastery: 5 Steps to Improve Team Process


Now we will explore the team process dimension. Recall that the Scrum Team defines their own process within the boundaries of the Scrum framework. From the product management practices to the engineering and quality practices. 5 Steps to Improve Team Process. In order to improve team process, there must be transparency to the process. Most importantly, teams must understand how their process is affecting their outcomes.

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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. Also, organizations that embrace the whole digital product view still need help governing the ongoing process. Moreover, it is now about 50 years since NATO held the first conference on software engineering and the age of software began.

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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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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. As noted, it’s a methodology used to improve the quality of an output in a process. A staff with Six Sigma expertise is also usually hired to monitor the process. Lean Six Sigma.

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


To make sure that the results are perfect, these businesses go over the whole process with a fine-tooth comb to ensure the impeccability of their products and services. This technique is a part of Lean management and ensures that there are no errors, to begin with.

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How To Become a Successful SAFe Agile Coach?


The framework lets the executives get involved in the entire process, which means the system has the support of executives. They are responsible for guiding teams through the implementation process and are tasked with encouraging workers and leadership to embrace the agile method.

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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. Project Management Life Cycle - a course on how to apply project management tools, processes, and techniques for the successful execution of a project from initiation to closing.

The Top Five Project Management Certifications in the UK

Arras People

If you have taken a course to help you clear your exam in the first go, then they will most likely have a team to help you with the application and audit process, so you don’t have to repeat the process multiple times. The registration process is quite similar to the PMP registration. 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?

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Industrial Psychology for Project Management

Girl's Guide to PM

He looks at, amongst other things, using automation to streamline processes and looks at the adoption that we are trying to implement as part of a project, and what is the desired change, and takes a much wider and holistic view of human behaviour at work.

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How To Become a Successful SAFe Agile Coach?


The framework lets the executives get involved in the entire process, which means the system has the support of executives. They are responsible for guiding teams through the implementation process and are tasked with encouraging workers and leadership to embrace the agile method.

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


Rational Unified Process. It overcame many shortcomings of waterfall model such as process rigidity and higher risk and delivered a much better solution. With feedback on every iteration and client involvement throughout the process, you can deliver a product that satisfies your clients, thanks to agile. There are certain principles, themes and processes you will have to follow when implementing PRINCE2 project management methodology. Packaged Enabled Re-engineering.

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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. According to how it was implemented in the Toyota factory, there are six rules guiding for a kanban system: Never Pass Defective Products: Upstream processes must meet the level of quality and standards that are expected of them. Take Only What’s Needed: Downstream processes only take what is needed to prevent overproduction.

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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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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. By visualizing the workflow, efficiencies are discovered and improvements can be made continuously throughout the production process.

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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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A Quick Guide to Program Management


Program management is the process of managing several projects and programs simultaneously to streamline organization and productivity. Program management is a process that focuses on macro over micro, which includes: Checking in on programs and performing daily management activities.

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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. As we get better, we focus on existing wastes (the 3MUs) and supplement them with Visual Management methods to improve our process. Kaizen the process of fixing – how can this be improved itself?

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Differences Between a SAFe Scrum Master and a Scrum Master


SAFe defines the role of the Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the agile team who helps educate the team on various frameworks and methods, including Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming, and SAFe , ensuring that the agreed-upon agile process is duly get followed.

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The 5 Most Popular Project Management Techniques, Approach and Methodologies


There's no longer a strict top-down managerial process that hinders teams from making changes when necessary. It's somewhat of a democratic process since teams can self-organize and decide how work gets done without approval from a team leader. These principles encourage teams to comprehend all known issues of a project beforehand, frequently inspect their work processes, and make revisions whenever necessary. Lean Lean is pretty much the granddaddy of Agile.

Book of the Month

Herding Cats

Program Management and Systems Engineering are two critical processes for the success of any product or project development endeavor. One of the chapters in this book covers the systematic process of program performance management needed to plan, execute, and assess progress to plan as well as the expected outcomes and expected business benefits of the program. What is a Systems Engineering? 1] " Program Management for Large Scale Engineering Programs ," J.

Design Thinking: Human Centered Design for Innovative Problem-Solving

Project Bliss

And you may be thinking that it’s something best left to engineers or the R&D team. Design Thinking is a collaborative and creative process. Pick something that has been vexing the organization and tell her you want to run a lean experiment and give it 10% of your time.

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. Moving from traditional to contemporary approaches to project management activities, companies that adopt a linear, phase-by-phase, project management style will probably decline in favour of faster, more iterative and lighter approaches that are driven more by results than processes.

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Inspiring Women in Project Management: Karen Chovan

Girl's Guide to PM

Today I’m interviewing Karen Chovan, MASc, PEng, PMP, who has dedicated her career to helping others deliver clean, lean and green approaches to project and programme management. I don’t have stats on this specifically, but I’d venture a guess of close to 50% on average, which was about the case when I was in school many years ago in geological engineering.

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2021 Online & On-Site Events for Project Managers

Epicflow Blog

2021 is going to be full of both online and offline events for project managers engaged in different areas of business: construction and engineering, IT, healthcare, and many others. How does the software selection and implementation process typically work?

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The World of Work is Changing—Here’s How You Can Embrace It


PMOs are quickly realizing that in today’s changing world of work, it’s not really about what methodologies are used to get work done that impacts results, but it’s about taking a hybrid approach to portfolios—empowering teams to use the methods and processes that will help accelerate strategic delivery. For example, a global manufacturing company leverages their R&D organization to track engineering projects work, innovation programs, as well as status and progress of portfolios.

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How Continuous Delivery Enables High-Performing Technology Organizations


The best way to quickly deliver software is to create a high-performing technology organization (aka an engineering team) by establishing continuous delivery. Continuous delivery allows engineering teams to constantly improve the product while also examining and improving their own processes. Before we dive into how to keep an engineering team running smoothly, we should first ensure we’re working toward goals that meet our clients’ needs.

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