10 Top Process Improvement Tools You Need to Create a More Sustainable Business


To generate a clear business case, organizations need to write business operations with sustainability in mind, which can be done by the following two steps: Document their business processes. Implement effective process improvement techniques for sustainability.

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Business Process Improvement: What it is and How to Implement it


According to surveys conducted, as of 2016, 66% of enterprises run a business process improvement program occasionally or never. Of the 20% that undertake process improvements , 5% record little to no success, 28% experience success limited to individual departments but do not record enterprise-level success, and 19% experience success after significant difficulties. What is Business Process Improvement? Generally, business processes can be divided into three key types.


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Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Levine wrote with People Over Process – Leadership for Agility a very pragmatic and down to earth book about leadership and agile projects. It puts the focus on the software and the related business processes in a powerful way by using different scenarios. To order: People over Process.

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


Goal-setting exercise 1: Effective goal-setting starts at the top and cascades down. 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.”. Goal-setting exercise 2: Get clear about your culture of goal-setting. Goal setting exercise 3: Use OKRs to choose the right goals for your engineering team.

How to write a lean PRD (product requirements document) for your next project in 5 steps (with free template)


However, an increasing number of Agile teams are starting to see the value of adding more planning to their process. Agile is all about staying lean and adapting to user feedback, right? The essential elements of a lean, mean one-pager PRD.

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The Agile Manifesto from a Lean Perspective


To what extent, for example, is the Manifesto a reflex of “lean thinking”? There’s a clear synergy between lean and agile practice, and attempts to tease them apart can often seem contrived and artificial. Interestingly, in the published history of the Agile Manifesto, the word “lean” does not appear even once. Could it be that the authors were influenced by a “lean” gestalt which they saw no reason to explicitly acknowledge?

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Why the agile process is here to stay (and why it should!)


Granted that the agile process isn’t the only effective workflow management methodology out there today, but it certainly is worth understanding more; organizations should at least consider how it can affect the way they work and produce in this day and age.

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Continuous Planning Equals Business Agility


This blogs provides a simple analogy about leveraging continuous planning when planning a trip, how to evaluate planning practices within your organization, steps to consider when beginning your planning process, and the capabilities needed to advance your continuous planning process. To better understand how continuous planning works, consider the following planning exercise where you plan a vacation. Lean and Agile PMO

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. Put the ToDo’s on a board where you can see the process you follow and track the progress of your work. In the process, it consciously deprioritises what I cannot work on now. You might even have a column to the left of your To Do column, where you put down everything you identify during each Mind-sweep exercise you do – perhaps call the column “Mind-sweep”!

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How to boost your career with simple time allocation tricks

International Institute for Learning

In the Lean project management methodology, anything that is not adding value is considered as waste. ” – John Earley, The Lean Book of Lean. We shall see below, where we can begin this exercise.

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Efficient project governance should not be an oxymoron!

Kiron Bondale

Governance is a great example of what a lean management professional would call business non-value add – those activities which don’t directly add value to a process but are required for legal or other compliance purposes. So long as governance is treated as controls exercised over a project team as opposed to practices supporting them it will continue to have negative connotations.

Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

Traditional project funding models are anchored to periodic (annual, semi-annual or quarterly) portfolio re-planning exercises which ingest updated forecasts for active investments and funding requests for new ones. one sprint’s worth), but in most cases, project funding approval processes are not lean enough to encourage such behavior.

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10 Career-Limiting Mistakes To Avoid

Girl's Guide to PM

However, you should also make it clear that this is not your project anymore and they are responsible, otherwise they’ll lean on you for a long time. You will not revise and standardize your processes. They aren’t always up-to-date with the latest processes and practices.

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Maximize Your Learning With Online Scrum Master Certification Training


Mural or Miro online collaboration tool: These online collaboration tools have made it possible to engage people in the shortest possible time to share content, ideas, do exercises, and facilitate collaborative activities.

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How to Write a Business Case


In fact, in some lean or agile organizations, over-reliance on documentation is seen as a clear impediment to innovation and collaboration. Again, you’ll want to have this process also documented in your business case. Now, it’s not just an exercise to appease senior leadership.

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Capacity Planning for Dynamic Teams following Kanban Method

Sudipta Lahiri

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. This Experience Report, based on the author’s experience in applying Agile/Lean principles to dynamic teams or fixed price projects, lays out an approach to answer these questions. So, an example of an output from such a planning process would look like this. 1. Abstract.

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Maximize Your Learning With Online Scrum Master Certification Training


Mural or Miro online collaboration tool: These online collaboration tools have made it possible to engage people in the shortest possible time to share content, ideas, do exercises, and facilitate collaborative activities.

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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. He gave a high level overview of the larger landscape – building the product vision using Lean Canvas, using Design Thinking to validate your concept and then use a technique like User Story Mapping to build the product backlog. After about 90 min of intense discussions within each of the groups following the 3 step process, both teams had their first version of the User Story Maps (see picture).

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Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

The Work: Helping your Clients Agile consulting involves instilling and applying a few lean thinking concepts such as: Prioritizing for value. Consultants add value by finding ways to get there, step by step, unpicking knots in process, dismantling barriers to change. It usually involves working with people who are busy trying to get their jobs done using some process they were told to use rather than had a hand in designing.

What Is A Project Task? And How to Get Things Done In an Agile Environment


Therefore, it’s better to break a project into smaller chunks rather than processing it all together. Differentiating Between Projects Tasks, Individual Projects, Processes, & Activities. Lean: Lean aims to create a well-organized, efficient, clean, and effective workplace.

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New PM, New Choices

Leading Answers

Designing something is typically a consensus-gathering and problem-solving exercise. Consider the process of designing a new car or home. The process is likely to be iterative and adaptive. Approaches like lean, kanban and agile work well in these uncertain, high-change environments. Then, once the design is agreed upon, the process of production is typically more defined and repeatable. Integrating with the COTS software was a hybrid process.

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Incubating Innovation

Leading Answers

Developing new products or services is a maze-solving exercise. The process of learning starts with understanding the knowable and then adding to this through experiments and new learnings. These teams need support and coordination services throughout the process. It sounds a difficult balancing act, but approaches such as design thinking, lean startup and agile provide stewardship models for development with inbuilt experimentation, observation and learning.

Product Mindset: Encouraging Ownership in a Scrum Team


Learn more about how to kick-off this process with an initial day-long product mindset workshop for your Scrum team. The Steps and Exercises of the Product Mindset Workshop. Allocate about 45 minutes to the product box exercise. .

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5 Project Management Tips for Manufacturing Teams


Improving a process. Or course, it can feel a bit daunting if you’re thinking of your entire process; instead, start with something do-able, bite sized pieces. Here are five tips to start incorporating project management processes in your team: 1. Be as detailed and thorough as you can during this exercise, as it will help you manage the project later on. For example, organizations well versed in Lean manufacturing tend to adopt a lean approach to project management.

71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions


The free 71 Product Owner Interview Questions PDF is not merely listing the questions, but also contains background information on: Why the questions are useful in the process, and…. Finding this answer is a process and not a destination. process.

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The 23 Best Project Management Books For Upgrading Your Career in 2020


Project management is as much about people as it is about processes. Why you should read this: Once you master the materials inside the PMBOK you’ll have a process for initiating and successfully running any project. It’s a deceptively simple process.

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What is a Stakeholder in Project Management?


No matter how agile and lean you try to run your projects there are inevitably going to be a lot of people involved in getting you from project proposal to launch day. A 3-part stakeholder management process for keeping everyone happy. Create and enforce transparent processes for communication. A 3-part stakeholder management process for keeping everyone happy. As you go through these exercises, don’t forget that stakeholders are ultimately people.

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What Do Companies like Apple, Amazon and Google Look for in Project Managers?

Epicflow Blog

To be successful, you should keep a 20K foot view of the process while staying connected to the details. To reach this goal, you should be a driven person able to make the right prioritization in day-to-day processes. .

Best 2020 Online Courses, Events, and Resources for Project Managers

Epicflow Blog

All you need is a laptop or a PC, a good internet connection, and a webcam because you’re gonna be supervised during the examination process. The course consists of a series of videos including short tests and interactive exercises.

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The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

Can the average organization actually become a disruptive leader just by adopting the structures, tools and processes from the real disruptive leaders? They aim to instil lean concepts of respect for people, minimization of waste, and value delivery. Handoffs are very wasteful—they contribute to the eight lean DOWNTIME wastes…. D efects O verproduction W aiting N on-utilized talent T ransportation I nventory excess M otion waste E xtra processing.

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Four Challenges for Virtual Teams in Startups


It simply takes presence of mind to exercise them all continuously. I’d always start with formal processes when discussing ideas that will lead to important decisions. Process. One approach I particularly like leans heavily on Honda’s Waigaya process. One of the biggest changes in project management in the last few years has been the rise of virtual teams.

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11 Proven Stakeholder Communication Tactics


Run a quick mental exercise: Try walking in your stakeholders’ shoes, and ask yourself: Would you entrust your career a bunch of hoodie-wearing nerds, promising a big reward because they are practicing XP and Scrum? A Lean Coffee “…is a structured, but agenda-less meeting.

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The Complete Guide to Project Risk Assessment (Free Template)


Far too many PMs see it as a purely academic exercise, tacking it onto a project plan without understanding what it entails. The formal process of project risk assessment can vary from organization to organization. When you first start any project risk assessment exercise, it can be overwhelming to go through all the risk events that come up. You have too little historical data to lean on and have to rely on subject matter experts to assess project risk.

How to Keep your Team Productive in Uncertain Times


No matter how challenging the situation is, or how uncertain the times are, your team members need to know what is expected of them when it comes to their work process and deliverables. Exercise, good nutrition, and proper amounts of sleep are proven to enhance productivity and reduce stress.

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Retrospectives and Intraspectives for Agile Practitioners


The retrospective process consists of two words: Retro – meaning recent past, and. You can define the retrospective process as: “A recurring workshop in which the team looks back on their work over a period, reflects upon it, and learns. The team applies this learning in future work to improve people, processes, and products.”. Retrospectives are also applicable in flow based Lean-Agile frameworks, e.g., Kanban , where you can have retrospectives on-demand.

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When The Scrum Master As A Teacher Becomes A Preacher


As we describe in our paper “ Scrum: A Framework To Reduce Risk And Deliver Value Sooner ”, it’s up to the Scrum Master to include the perspective of empirical process control and the quality by which transparency, inspection, and adaptation are taking shape in and around the Scrum Team.

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Remote Agile (Part 7): Sprint Review with Distributed Teams


Including everyone in the process, giving everyone a voice in the remote Sprint Review builds the trust to cope not just with the competition of the markets but also with the challenges of working remotely. Lean Coffee is an excellent example of a workaround for virtual Liberating Structures.

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The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

Can the average organization actually become a disruptive leader just by adopting the structures, tools and processes from the real disruptive leaders? They aim to instil lean concepts of respect for people, minimization of waste, and value delivery. Handoffs are very wasteful—they contribute to the eight lean DOWNTIME wastes…. D efects O verproduction W aiting N on-utilized talent T ransportation I nventory excess M otion waste E xtra processing.

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Sprint Retrospectives with Kanban


A few weeks ago we considered the Agile Manifesto from a lean perspective. We saw that it is possible to map the 12 agile principles to the 7 canonical “Lean Wastes” in terms of a mitigation approach. Although it is not an exact science, the act of going through such an exercise may be useful. It can help us to improve our appreciation of how lean and agile practice relate to each other through their shared philosophical underpinnings.

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How to work maternity leave into your long-term projects

Resource Guru

An employee who is leaving for parental leave is exercising rights that are protected by your company and the law, both of which have policies in place that can help you understand what to expect in the days and weeks ahead. Absence Management uses these processes to help you fill in the temporary gap on your team and prepare for the return of your team member. Project management is largely about time management. As a project manager, you’re an expert at systematizing time.

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