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


A study by BCG/MIT finds that 90% of executives deem sustainability to be important, yet only 60% of companies incorporate sustainability as part of their business strategy, and even less (25%) integrate sustainability into the core of their business model.

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Review True lean

Henny Portman

With the book True lean – Your guide to the fundamentals connecting purpose, process and people written by Rudy Gort you get a concise but complete and clear overview of and insight into lean. The last part elaborates on the power of lean. English Post lean QRC review

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How to Stay Lean While you Scale Your Product Team From Product/Market Fit to Growth


Add too many new team members too quickly and you’ll burn through resources, get stuck in a never-ending cycle of onboarding, burn out your project managers , and risk injecting a ton of complication into your process. A lean product team strikes the perfect balance.

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Process Improvement Plan: Everything You Need to Know

ProProfs Project Management

Once businesses have implemented their systems, the idea of having a process improvement plan goes right out of the window. Reasons for this under-utilization is multi-layered: Businesses do not have the time to review processes. Why Do You Need a Process Improvement Plan?

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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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 Executive’s Guide To Large-Scale Agile Transformation & Sustaining An Adaptive Enterprise w/ Mike Cottmeyer

Leading Agile

The three systems include a System of Delivery, a System of Transformation, and a System of Sustainability. – [Announcer] This is Mike Cottmeyer’s talk from Agile Arizona, The Executive’s Guide to Large-Scale Agile Transformation and Sustaining an Adaptive Enterprise.

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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. Continually improving business processes and achieving as near-to-perfect as possible output quality should be a priority of any organization.

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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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Applicability of Agile/Lean/Kanban Methods for fixed scope/budget projects (with short duration)

Sudipta Lahiri

This session objective was to address challenges faced by Lean-Kanban practitioners in their projects. The team started the session by working in teams to identify what aspects of Lean/Kanban facilitate small project execution that have fixed scope, fixed budget and small duration (“+ives”) and what aspects don’t (“-ives”). The following Positives were identified when applying Agile/Lean methods to these projects: Positive Contributors. Can help in sustainable pace.

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Lowering Work in Process (WIP) in the Real-world


One of the key Kanban practices we discuss in the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams is Limiting Work in Process. . Some of us have the luxury of designing processes for greenfield systems meaning there is no history/legacy to deal with. Typically though, we are dealing with Brownfield/Legacy systems - This usually means there is some work in the system already, there are outstanding commitments, and some existing queues between steps in our processes. .

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The Problem with Story Points

Leading Agile

As time went on, it became clear that there was no connection between the points and the team’s delivery capacity, value generation, sustainable pace, or quality. But more importantly, the team is using the process to ensure they have a common understanding of the scope of each story. Agile Specifications Agile Training Agile Transformation Coaching Daily Stand Up Lean Lean Thinking Scaling Agile Scrum Team Transformation User Stories

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The Basics of Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

The process centers around forming teams, defining an Agile governance model, and identifying and baselining metrics the company cares about. This end-state vision will also define a pattern for forming teams, identify process flows, establish governance, and create a metrics and tooling strategy to baseline performance and measure improvement over time. Sustaining the Changes.

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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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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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When is growth not the best choice? Why we chose to build Planio as a sustainable business instead of drowning in VC dollars


But the honest truth is that non-stop growth isn’t sustainable. Or do you want to build a sustainable company that supports you and your team for the long-term? A “sustainable” business isn’t just about funding. A sustainable business is more creative and innovative.

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Overview and Key Themes of IIL’s 2021 Agile & Scrum Online Conference

International Institute for Learning

Our goals will be to understand: Agile transformation at a team and organizational level; creating value in client-centric processes and projects; and the crucial soft skills that enable collaboration and creativity. Creating Value in Client-Centric Processes.

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The Real Relationship Between Scrum & Kanban

Agile Advice

Rather, I have begun to see it as a natural stage in some organizations’ maturation process. The Kanban principles of service orientation and evolutionary change help organizations focus on improving survivability of the business and the sustainability of the work. Kanban Scrum, XP and Lean Uncategorized agile kanban scrum(Image: Cover image of the book Essential Kanban Condensed by David J. Anderson and Andy Carmichael.).


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. However, in the fields related to sustainability, environment and earth-geosciences, safety, health and community engagement, there are quite a few women. In my past corporate role I was part of a team managing organisational change integrating sustainability throughout the business.

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Authentic agility avoids burnout

Kiron Bondale

The eighth principle of the Manifesto argues against this: “ Agile processes promote sustainable development. ” People laugh when I say in my classes that we need to strive for no weekend or overtime work, but downtime is critical to maintaining a sustained pace. sprint review) and process (e.g. Harvard Business Review published an article this week covering six causes of burnout and how we can reduce these.

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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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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 harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. Agile processes promote sustainable development. What does Agile mean? And how on earth do we distinguish this in the job market?

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5 Kaizen Principles That Underpin the Methodology


But is there a unifying theory of improvement, and if so, can it be sustained? But it’s not just applying to personnel, processes are also included. Therefore, everyone in the organization is working towards removing any waste from their corner of the business while also in the process creating value. Everyone is part of the process. The idea of always making small improvements is not dissimilar to lean manufacturing, especially with the emphasis of eliminating waste.

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What Is the Definition of Done for Agile Teams?


Responding and incorporating customer feedback into products and processes requires self-organizing teams that are constantly tweaking what they do to be more efficient, where they can change regularly to meet new needs that pop up daily. Simply put, agile in project management is taking an iterative approach to planning and guiding project processes , where change is encouraged. Agile is the overriding methodology and the agile process can be executed with a variety of frameworks.

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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. Rational Unified Process.

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. Source: Manifesto for Agile Software Development , Working software, collaboration, and responding to change are valued more highly than process, documentation, and following a rigid plan.

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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. Rational Unified Process.

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. Yet, without putting into place a strong foundation, any expectation of sustained profit is misplaced.

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The Definitive Guide to Project Management Methodologies


A project management methodology is essentially a set of guiding principles and processes for managing a project. BONUS: Click here to get our totally free, curated list of 63 Project Management Templates with everything you need to streamline your processes today. Each stage in this process is self-contained; you wrap up one stage before moving onto another. This methodology emphasizes sharing and standardization of processes across the organization.

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Project Management Methodologies 101: The What, Why, How, & Types Explained

ProProfs Project Management

Creating a winning formula for efficiently implementing business processes. A methodology is a framework of processes, methods, and practices that project managers employ for the design, planning, implementation and achievement of their project objectives. Lean Six Sigma.

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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.

Review 10X Growth Machine

Henny Portman

In the book we get an integrated set of building blocks, principles and tools to create different (disruptive, sustaining and efficiency) innovations as a structural way of working. Growth governance : Lean innovation process and venture boards, growth policy playbook, and growth accounting.

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The Complete History of Agile Software Development


The manifesto served four values: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage. Agile processes promote sustainable development.

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The Complete Glossary of 614 Project Management Terms


Acceptance Test: A process through which a project's end users run through the project to identify any potential issues before it can be formally accepted. Allocation describes the process for assigning resources for different project activities in the most efficient way possible.

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Healthcare PMO: BCBS Roundtable Exchanges Thought Provoking Ideas


It’s an exciting time as we go through the portfolio process. We are integrating the strategy process with our portfolio process and using Planview’s investment and capacity planning with the portfolio.” A healthcare PMO today must have a strong constitution.

Self-organization is a progression not a transaction

Kiron Bondale

And enterprise governance policies lean towards favoring compliance with process over satisfaction of control objectives. For process tailoring, initial changes should focus on providing guidance for a limited number of choices where previously a single choice had been prescribed. A highly touted good practice for project teams is that they should be self-organized.

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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. The claimed benefits:   By eliminating the handoffs between development teams and sustainment teams, more knowledge about the system, and how to extend it, is retained. Transformations are flavor of the month.

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Leading Through Change: 5 Ways to Help Your Team Cope With A Crisis (Or Any Other Major Transition)


Lean hard into trust and transparency. Lean hard into trust and transparency. Pairing quick action with 100% transparency about the decision process and the factors that influenced it helps you get buy-in and support from everyone else.

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Slack, Flow, and Continuous Improvement

Leading Agile

In Lean terms, what you’re experiencing in those games (and possibly in your real work, too) is a high level of work-in-process or WIP. Controlling WIP is the primary “knob” we can turn to manage flow in a process. Whether the process itself is inherently efficient or not, limiting WIP is an effective way to get the most out of it and to help expose parts of the process that impede flow. Of course, that will affect Lean-style flow, too.

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How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

XP, scrum, lean, etc.) Second, the use of lean and agile tools and methodologies beyond IT, software and manufacturing. Visual, lean tools that truly engage all team members are going to become essential in 2019. Lean in a little more to the opportunities before you. It takes much more than attendance on a course to create sustained changes in performance, says @worsley_louise Click To Tweet. Would you like to make 2019 a successful year for your projects?

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Mike Cottmeyer | Elevate Agile 2019 | The Systems of Agility

Leading Agile

Although many think all that’s needed is a System of Delivery, like Scrum or SAFe, in large organizations, it’ll take much more than a new process, or culture shift to Transform. The reality is, is that happens a lot, so we want to define the process. Becoming Agile isn’t simple.

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