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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5 Ways Project Management and Lean Manufacturing Speed Up Processes

LiquidPlanner

Lean manufacturing has become a popular way to eliminate waste, reduce costs and improve efficiencies. The challenge with lean is that, despite its attraction to many executives who want to cut costs and increase productivity , a lean process doesn’t happen overnight. Of course, this conversation goes against the point of lean—to eliminate unnecessary waste—yet it occurs frequently. The reality is that most lean programs fail as executives lose interest.

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Preparing to Take On a Business Process Management Software

Wrike

Business process management (BPM) isn’t new. hours, there’s been a process-centric and customer-centric approach to improving business results. What is business process management, after all, but the methods and tools used to monitor, streamline, and improve business processes?

Top 10 Lean/ Kanban Books for IT, Software and Knowledge Work!

Digite

Several good books have been written on Kanban and its application to various business processes, especially to Scrum, since David Anderson published his original Kanban “blue book”. If you want to improve or create the flow in your product development process start with this book!

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What Puts Manufacturing Teams Ahead: Lean Six Sigma

LiquidPlanner

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? Focus on the Process.

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.

Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily

Digite

In this context, Kanban actually facilitates a “2-phase Commit” process about which more at the end of this post.). Based on these, there certainly are guidelines for you to follow about how to model your Kanban board so it matches your current business processes and helps you improve.

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Fika Stories 1 – Help! Our Kanban Died!

Digite

Christophe takes on the all too common problem that teams implementing Kanban (or any other process change initiative for that matter) face – the sense of “doom” that Kanban is not working for them because of resistance they face. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Scrum user story

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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. MVP is an experimentation process, not a product development process.

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Kanban and Scrum Together – Not So Fast

Digite

That pressure is what drives organizations and teams to adopt a ‘process’ that they think will help. We would call those processes Scrum and Kanban and that is probably the first point of failure. It is unfortunate that these processes are seen as incompatible and I applaud your decision to try and change that thinking. It isn’t the practices that are incompatible, but the religions that sprout up around the organizations that evangelize the processes.

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Team using “Waiting for Release” column on their kanban board

Digite

In this context, Kanban actually facilitates a “2-phase Commit” process about which more at the end of this post.). Based on these, there certainly are guidelines for you to follow about how to model your Kanban board so it matches your current business processes and helps you improve. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is another question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My

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7 Factors for running an effective Kanban Replenishment Meeting

Digite

The Replenishment Criteria: The criteria for pulling work on to the board (from backlog to Ready column) are – or can be – the most contentious part of the process. – and the replenishment process will need to reflect each of those classes of service as well.

Minimal Viable Product

Zen Project Management

When taken in context of Lean Startup , it's part of a process. In Lean Startup, there's the idea of the pivot, making a more fundamental change in direction. Lean Startup is about getting to that point as fast as you can. Lean Startup minimal viable product MVPI have a customer with a challenge. We've been working on an application and finished our first release.

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Route to Enterprise Scale Agility

Digite

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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How do you “do” Scrumban?

Digite

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.

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Flow Efficiency: A great metric you probably aren’t using

Digite

We are deeply honored to publish this post on Flow Efficiency written by Julia Wester for Lean Kanban University. We might improve test automation, implement code review process and/or continuous delivery pipelines.

The Intrigue – and the Universality – of Kanban

Digite

He called it the “policy debt” – which represents the state of affairs where a process is implemented and a new state of being is achieved, without the team recognizing it – and coming up with a new set of policies to deal with the new state. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Scrum

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The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum

Digite

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. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Lean Learning ScrumIntroduction.

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Using Kanban in Marketing

Digite

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.

How to Identify, Analyze and Eliminate Muda From Your Kanban System?

Digite

Any system/ business process you are using to develop products or offer services will have a certain amount of waste generated. However, very few of these products have helped identify and measure the waste in your process. Upstream Process definition.

Which is better – Kanban or Scrum?

The Clever PM

A very common topic of discussion amongst Product Managers in general, and Agile practitioners in particular, involves the comparison of different forms of process and project management. Product Management Agile Culture Definitions Kanban Lean PM Roles ScrumBy far the most prominent and popular of these are Kanban and Scrum. And, much to my own personal dismay, often these discussions wind up devolving into some […].

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SwiftEASe – Relentless Improvement in Value Delivery with Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®)

Digite

With this Digité launches a new, tightly integrated tool for planning and managing the entire software delivery process based on the SAFe framework. In addition, SwiftEASe has several metrics that facilitate Lean/ Flow-based execution.

Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations

Digite

In the usual Scrum process, the P.O. Everyday Kanban agile DevOps Kanban Lean Project Management Scrum Scrumban Visual Project Management VisualizationIs this you?

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How To Maximize The Efforts Of Your Agile Team

Binfire

Try anticipating the problems that may arise in the process and how the team may circumvent these to maintain a steady momentum. You can also optimize the development process by keeping an eye on the code quality using an effective tool.

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Portfolio Kanban for Enterprise Visibility

Digite

With the digital disruption of business models and whole industries, business executives and process owners are faced with a variety of transformation challenges. Every function, process or project uses its own tools, for recording, tracking, reporting and/or managing their work.

Turbo charge your Personal Kanban with GTD

Digite

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.

Value for Money

Pawel Brodzinski

They will, however, guide you through the product development process, so that they’ll end up building only one third of the initial scope. At the same time we expect at least a bit of Lean Thinking on account of our clients.

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Scrum and Kanban Revisited

Digite

Scrum.org describes it as “a management and control process that cuts through complexity to focus on building products that meet business needs”. In other words, can service teams benefit from Kanban’s visual management, controls on work in progress, collaborative, feedback-driven process improvement, etc, etc? This isn’t just better task management, this is integrating a process that starts well before development and finishes long after delivery into production.

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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.

A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

This group of guys recognized a need for a more adaptive alternative to the regimented, documentation-driven software development process. They identified the following 4 values promoted in Agile software development: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.

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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

SCRUM LEAN KANBAN. Definition A predefined and recurring set of rules, roles and processes used to expedite the release of higher quality products. Originally applied within the manufacturing supply chain process, but now applied within many other industries. Focuses on eliminating waste (anything that adds no value), system improvements, learning and process integrity. Focuses on the tasks and improving the processes. Uses formal processes and team roles.

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Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. You realize (by gaining new information, outside of the development process) that your team is going to fail, so you need to change.

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The not so minimum Minimum Viable Product

Kiron Bondale

Through their Lean Startup work, Steve Blank and Eric Ries have popularized the idea of focusing on delivering a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which will meet a customer’s core needs while minimize investment and providing opportunities for learning, refinement and the ability to fail fast.

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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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What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?

Arras People

There are many flavours of Agile, you may have heard of SCRUM, Kanban, Lean, Lean Startup, Extreme Programming to name but a few! Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Agile processes promote sustainable development.

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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained

Azendoo

In this article, we will explain what agile project management is, define its process, tell you why agile might be right for your next project, and finally a few downfalls of this methodology. This is a popular process for aligning development with customer needs. The Agile Process.

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Minimal sufficiency applies to tooling just as much as it does to documentation!

Kiron Bondale

“Working software over comprehensive documentation” This value statement from the Manifesto for Agile Software Development is a reminder to remain vigilant that the by-products of our product or project processes don’t distract us from delighting our customers and stakeholders.

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The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

Paymo App

What to expect: Gina Abudi uses her experience with both small businesses and large organizations to write about projects, leadership, people, team building, professional development, and processes. Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success.

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Basis of Estimating Software Development

Herding Cats

Estimating Software-Intensive Systems: Projects, Products, and Processes , Richard Stutzke, Addison-Wesley, 2005. 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.

Project Management: 5 lessons learnt the hard way

Azendoo

If checking tasks is a complex and time-consuming process, implement a tiered structure where multiple rounds of edits and approvals take the pressure off gateway staff. I often find that ecommerce companies struggle with project management and processes, so I thought I’d do my bit to help!