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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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. Why Lean Six Sigma Now?

Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

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As organizations realize their software systems provide the competitive advantage then stopping development equates to an end to innovation or competing. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Teams Warning Signs

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Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers

Lean Six Sigma. Six Sigma has proven itself adept at working with collaborative teams since the year 2000 when it developed into Lean Six Sigma. Since then, Lean Six Sigma has been used in a variety of economic sectors, such as healthcare, finance and supply chain.

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Fika Stories 1 – Help! Our Kanban Died!


Explain what the dead kanban system means to their organization’s capability to deliver value and improve/innovate; get their commitment and do some change. Look at Jason Little and his excellent Lean Change Management for guidance. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Scrum user story

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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.

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The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum


Dave is a Principal Consultant at Depth Consulting Ltd, and Program Director of the KCP Program at the Lean Kanban University. The Kanban Method pulls a great deal of its values from a Lean value system. There isn’t really a “Lean Manifesto” but the works of Taiichi Ono and W. Edward Deming contribute to a common understanding of what it means to be a lean thinker. Scrum’s Sprint duration is a great innovation over the traditional approach to managing work.

Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing


As a result, After Meetings tend to be fertile ground for ideas to improve the process and generate innovations. Agile Marketing agile Kanban Lean


Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

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. Customer-Centric Innovation teaches how to take on competition by creating successful and innovative business ideas through a thorough understanding of customer needs.

A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

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Continuous innovation and improvement are regular practices. Innovation happens quickly these days, and teams need to be able to adjust. Lean software development was originally developed by Mary and Tom Poppendieck, in their book Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit.

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Agile 2018 Interviews: Day Two

Leading Agile

Joe was at Agile 2018 facilitating a workshop on Business Agility with Innovation Accounting. David stopped by the booth to tell us all about his talk: Lean Experiments with Agile Teams, which is about his thoughts on Lean Startup and Design Thinking and how to blend those things with Agile.

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#PMOT – Who are the Project Managers on Twitter to Follow?

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Love #projectmanagement #startup -s #fintech #innovation & #leadership. 59SecondsAgile gives quick hints & tips to the #AgileWay #Scrum #Kanban #Lean. Lead & Innovate: @ PMOObserver. #PMOT is the Twitter hashtag used by Project Managers on Twitter.

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Webinar – Solving Wicked Problems: What is Old is New Again

Leading Answers

As companies race to innovate and compete in a global market, we are seeing wicked problems more and more often. My PMXPO webinar has now been watched by > 11,000 people and received lots of positive feedback. It is hosted at here.

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22 Manufacturing Conferences to Attend in 2018


In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with innovators and leading professionals throughout the industry. This is your chance to find answers to your current medtech challenges — from prototyping to full-scale manufacturing — while keeping up with the latest innovations reshaping the industry. Manufacturing Innovation. Lean Manufacturing. A Lean Transformation That Never Stops Improving: The O.C.

10 Best Project Management Quotes

You can be an expert at the textbook definition of a dozen methodologies, or an intuitive leader who manages from the gut, but if you lean too heavily on one or the other, you’re never going to fully realize your potential. It’s easy to forget that Henry Ford was a great innovator.

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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.


Pulse of the Profession 2018: The Project Manager of the Future


Innovator: acts as product owner and developer. Versatile Manager: has experience with various approaches—waterfall, Scrum, agile, lean, design thinking etc. Innovations in learning will continue to make it possible for the new worker to learn anything, anytime, and anywhere. New technologies bring rapid and continuous change to our workplace.

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The New Need to be Lifelong Learners

Leading Answers

Books like “ The Lean Startup ” and “ Blue Ocean Strategy ” have become the new how-to guides for people wanting to innovate. It means we are wasteful innovators. By design 50% of our experiments should fail, this is the quickest path to learning and innovation.

Top 5 PMO Trends for 2017 You Can’t Afford to Ignore

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No matter your industry, change and innovation are the only constants you can count on these days. Work methods like lean, stage-gate and Agile that originated in the software development community are becoming more common in other industries.

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Webinar – Solving Wicked Problems: What is Old is New Again

Leading Answers

As companies race to innovate and compete in a global market, we are seeing wicked problems more and more often. It is ideal for anyone faced with managing projects with lots of uncertainty—or people looking to understand the links between lean, leadership, building collaborative teams and problem-solving. My PMXPO webinar has now been watched by > 11,000 people and received lots of positive feedback. It is hosted at here.

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Project Management: 5 lessons learnt the hard way


Transparency about business decisions will keep teams lean and focused, but it will also help different parts of the business work better with each other. Things at Google may have changed since those days, but at what cost to innovation? Digital project management is complex.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

XP, scrum, lean, etc.) The lesson I need to remember is that, whilst experimenting is an integral part of innovation, the most successful programmes are those that recognise the ongoing needs of business-as-usual and balance the tried and tested with the new.

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Rethinking Resource Management

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Eight forces are creating this complexity today, constraining the progress of organisations and teams as they try to innovate and deliver on their strategic objectives. Lean, agile, phase-gate, and many more methods are all being used in our organisations.

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Agile Portfolio Management

Arras People

Innovation Hub is a term from the Framework for Business Agility – you can take a look at the whitepaper about that. When I first heard about the Agile Business Consortium working on a new pocketbook about Agile Portfolio Management early in 2017 I was intrigued.

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Cure Your Zombie PMO


Work today encompasses many differing styles, such as waterfall, agile, lean, collaborative, etc. With today’s speed of innovation and technological advancement, your PMO can easily slip into “zombie-dom” if the above cures are not preventatively administered.

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Project Portfolio Management Works for More Than Just IT


Corporate Portfolio Management should be used for any area where discretionary expenditures and hence investments are occurring including advertising & promotion, innovation/R&D, operations, sales, IT, capital expenditures, etc.” 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. Once that is done, you can start the Lean PPM process.

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The Calm Before the Project Management Storm

Arras People

Where is the drive, the creativity, the innovation, the flexibility, the usefulness? There comes a time when you’ve been working in and around project management for a while and you take a sit back and just reflect for a while.

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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. Digitalization and Collaboration.

2018 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want To Miss

Girl's Guide to PM

This year’s RICS project management conference has the theme ‘Remaining Lean and Agile in a Changing Work Environment’ I’m not sure if they are partnering with the APM as in previous years but the agenda is already up on the site and looks interesting.

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Basis of Estimating Software Development

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Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Large, Multisite, and Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum , Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, Addison Wesley, 2010. Scaling Lean & Agle Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum , Craig Larman and Bas Voode, Addison Wesley, 2008. Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products , Jim Highsmith, Addison Wesley, 2004.

The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

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What to expect: As a Lean and Agile project management expert, Corinna Baldauf shares her knowledge to help PM professional find and fix process problems. These podcasts focus on how Scrum, Agile, and Kanban can innovate project management as it shifts from its long gone traditional methods.

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. People are always developing innovative ways of describing agile techniques, and we can share the best with our clients.

Smarter Faster Better Book Review: 4 Lessons Learned

Project Management Hacks

Overall, I found the book to be an insightful discussion of new insights and methods to boost productivity, innovation and achievement. Studies show that if a stretch goal is audacious, it can spark innovation. Innovation remains a mysterious and powerful process in many organizations.

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The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

They aim to instil lean concepts of respect for people, minimization of waste, and value delivery. If they were to finish, it means they are no longer innovating, improving or competing. Handoffs are very wasteful—they contribute to the eight lean DOWNTIME wastes….

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The Urge to Strangle(The Strangler Pattern)

Leading Agile

Business agility means having the capability to “turn on a dime” at low cost and with low risk, to drive innovation, respond to market changes, and overcome the competition.

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SunPower Corp. deploys Leankor


Solar power giant to use innovative SaaS solution to improve enterprise work management, optimizing customer delivery cycles and increasing project capacity. Regardless of the way each team works – from Agile to Lean to Waterfall methodologies – Leankor engages the entire workforce rather than reinforcing silos. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. November 29, 2017. SunPower Corp. deploys Leankor.

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The Store of the Future? I Say, Yes.


It is the biggest, fastest and most innovative force shaping the way the world has been conducting commerce in the past 20 years, and it’s seared into the collective mind as the main deliverer of ecommerce Gospel. The store of the future is on its way.

The 25 Most Inspiring Leadership Quotes

Inventor, engineer and head of research at General Motors for decades, Kettering was responsible for innovations such as the electrical starting motor and leaded gasoline. Lean In author and Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg has a little bit of experience as a leader.

How to Deal With Project Failure

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This can mean issuing a recall for a consumer product, contacting the financial backers ahead of time to warn them, and in extreme cases, downsizing to ensure your company is lean enough to weather the storm. Understand that even though you failed, you are in good company: Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, and countless other project managers and innovators achieved their successes after devastating defeat. Project management is a gamble.

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12 Books To Kickstart Your Leadership Skills

Project Management Hacks

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries. If you are interested in finding out more about tech startups and their approach to innovation, this is the book for you.

Are you tinkering or transforming?

Lynne Cazaly

Internal hubs, accelerators and pockets of innovative joy are popping up everywhere in cities, communities and businesses. Some companies are setting them up off-site in a cool warehouse-style environment, others are cordoning off a meeting room and labelling it ‘The Innovation Lab’ or ‘hub’ or ‘foundry’ or ‘garage’ or other mechanical-workshoppy-sounding noun where things are being furiously made.

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Talent Management of The Future

Leading Answers

When we read through this list anyone familiar with the agile mindset will likely see connections to agile and lean values. Without this hierarchy, their overhead costs are 8% compared to industry average of 25% which provides more funds for care and innovation.

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Your 5 Best Books on Product Management & Product Marketing


The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. Author Eric Ries shows how you can leverage Lean principles (cut out waste, build a Minimum Viable Product, etc.)