5 Ways Project Management and Lean Manufacturing Speed Up Processes


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


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?

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Don’t over-process your project management communications!

Kiron Bondale

I wrote an article in October 2015 describing how the eight forms of waste (a foundational lean tool) can affect project teams. Let’s do a deeper dive into the waste of over-processing. So what are the impacts of over-processing on the project manager’s part?

Value of MVP and Knowledge Discovery Process

Pawel Brodzinski

While I’m a huge fan of the idea since I learned it from Lean Startup , these days I feel like one can label anything an MVP. We end up being recommended for our Lean approach and taking care of best interest of our clients. software business lean startup mvp product management startu

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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? Focus on the Process.

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 […].


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


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.

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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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.

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.

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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The Intrigue – and the Universality – of Kanban


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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Portfolio Kanban for Enterprise Visibility


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.

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.

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.


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


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.

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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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.

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.

Agile Project Management Methodology Explained


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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Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

Changing environments are embraced at any stage of the process to provide the customer with a competitive advantage. Sustainable development is accomplished through agile processes whereby development teams and stakeholders are able to maintain a constant and ongoing pace. Agile was originally developed for the software industry to streamline and improve the development process in order to more rapidly identify and adjust for issues and defects. Lean (LN).

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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.


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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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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Agile as an Excuse for Diminishing Commitment


A Manifesto that stipulates a set of values, a collection of principles that underpins these values and teams of people of different skills working together in collaboration and harmony to deliver value in the most efficient and lean way. T he Agile story, at some levels is a rosy one.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

XP, scrum, lean, etc.) In 2018, I plan to expand my book, Project Management for Creatives , into a full course, and dive more deeply into resources that guide successful implementation of tools, process and systems in the simplest way possible.

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How Big Data Can Give Project Managers The Edge In Manufacturing


Over the past couple of decades, manufacturers have made progress in tackling some of their sector’s biggest challenges, including waste and variability in production processes. Speeding up the production process is key to driving profitability in manufacturing.

Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

Instead of having a long, throw it over the wall process, out of which emerges a deliverable; a team will have a series of shorter iterations where they engage stakeholders and otherwise rethink what they are doing to course-correct and “get smarter” about what they are doing.

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Professionalise Project Management

The Lazy Project Manager

It is not just about the provision of a ‘lean’ framework for these sponsors and project managers to work to – and by ‘lean’ I mean that every part should add value and not create unnecessary waste.

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A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

Girl's Guide to PM

Another use for it is for process mapping. If you are going to change a process as part of your project you can use RACI to step through the process and record who is going to be affected by any process change. Working out who does what on your project can be a challenge.

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The Case for Multiple Project Management Methodologies


At first glance, using multiple methodologies seems odd, especially in manufacturing organizations optimized with repeatable processes. PMOs and process specialists spend months developing standard processes, methods, and templates to achieve predictable results.


Inspiring Women in Project Management: Pam Shergill

Girl's Guide to PM

My boss and the company believe in a work life balance and that was made very clear in the interview process. In this installation of the occasional series of Inspiring Women in Project Management, I’m interviewing Pam Shergill, Director of PS Management Consultancy.

6 Top Project Management Books for Engineers and Manufacturers


Epiphanized: A Novel on Unifying Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma by Bob Sproull and Bruce Nelson. Management consultants Bob Sproull and Bruce Nelson borrow from Goldratt’s storytelling concept to explore the advantages of using Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma together.

Project Management Job Interviews

Arras People

Before you begin the interview process you need to: Know your CV and ideal next career move. Settle yourself firmly into the back of the chair, so that you can lean forward slightly to denote interest on a particular topic. Interviews are the make or break element of the job search.

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Let’s Be Agile Together!

Arras People

Coming from a manufacturing background I have exposure to Lean (make to stock) and Agile (make to order) and TOC in terms of delivering products. The project managers were taught to be agile ; focussed on delivering the project, not the process.

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Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos


Scrum is a process whereby teams break down and accomplish large projects in chunks, allowing for iterations to improve the product progressively. Which makes sense as LEAN really comes from manufacturing principles anyhow.”


Value and the Needed Units of Measure to Make Decisions

Herding Cats

TPMs assess the design process. The buyer defines the KPP's during the operational concept development process - KPP's say what DONE looks like. What Can Lean Learn From Systems Engineering? For some reason the notion if value is a big mystery in the agile community.

The Best Project Management Conferences to Attend in 2018


While the conference committee is still accepting proposals for this year’s speakers, past keynote talks have featured Dr. Jeffrey Liker, an expert in Lean Leadership; James Grenning, co-creator of the Agile Software Development Manifesto; and Dr. Alistair Cockburn, co-founder of the International Consortium for Agile. Get a behind-the-scenes look into some of the world’s leading PMOs’ successful processes and strategies to improve your own results. .

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Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

As the corporate world is rapidly changing in the form of support issues, customer demands, project requirements, many companies are not able to work on traditional business processes as they are not fast enough to deal with the ever-changing requirements. He/She manages the whole process for how information is exchanged. It focuses on the people, not processes or artifacts and can be used with teams of six to eight developers.


Your 5 Best Books on Product Management & Product Marketing


Designer/author Jake Knapp created the five-day Sprint process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Google X. Our team used the process multiple times, and I now help other companies use the framework to improve their SaaS products.”