What Is Lean Manufacturing?

ProjectManager.com

Lean manufacturing addresses one of the worst things that can happen to any enterprise: waste. These neglected resources include everything from manufacturing project management tools , to the skills of the staff members. This insistence on eliminating waste is where the idea of lean as a management system developed. Called lean manufacturing or lean production, the truth is that the lessons learned from this methodology can be universally applied.

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. Essentially Lean Six Sigma is a fusion of two ideas: "Lean" and "Six Sigma": Lean Lean is a approach that seeks to eliminate Waste during a production process; it originated in Japan on the production lines of Toyota.

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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.

Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach

Planview

This blog is part of a series on Lean portfolio management for the enterprise. If you haven’t already, we recommend reading: Part 1: What is Lean Portfolio Management? Part 2: Lean Portfolio Management: Lean Budgets and Investment Funding. In the first two installments of this series, we talked about the key elements of Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) and how funding practices must adapt to better support LPM initiatives. Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE).

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Design Hacks for Non-Designers: Ask Expert Laura Klein

Speaker: Laura Klein, Principal at Users Know and Author of UX for Lean Startups

We all have to make quick decisions about product interfaces, and there's not always a designer around when you need one. That doesn't mean that you're doomed to failure, though. Learn a few really common user experience design mistakes and how to avoid making them. Join UX designer and product management expert Laura Klein for a no-holds-barred Ask Me Anything session on UX design. Laura—principal of Users Know and author of Build Better Products and UX for Lean Startups—has over 20 years of experience helping companies innovate responsibly and improve their product development processes.

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

nTask

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.

4 Must-Have Features for a Kanban Tool

ProjectManager.com

There are many kanban tools on the market today, and they all have different feature sets. There are simple drag-and-drop tools for organizing to-do lists, planning systems for agile teams and hybrid tools for robust project management. After reviewing dozens of these tools, we’ve found that there are four specific features of a kanban tool that are must-haves for any serious user. What is a Kanban Tool? Must-Have Features in a Kanban Tool.

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Lean Project Management For Remote Teams: A Simple Guide To Eliminate Waste & Improve Productivity

Teamweek

Lean Project Management can fix this. In this article, we’re going to explore: What is Lean Project Management? The Lean Methodology The 3 Types of Waste & How to Fix Them. What is Lean Project Management? As a concept, Lean originates from the Toyota production floor.

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A Quick Guide to Business Process Mapping

ProjectManager.com

That guide is called business process mapping. An Overview of Business Process Mapping. Business process mapping means defining what a business does, who is responsible for what, what is the standard for completing that process, what tools will be used and how the success of the business is determined. History of Business Process Mapping. These tools were then picked up by industrial engineering, and in the early 1930s industrial engineer Allan H.

What Is Lean Project Management? It’s Origin, Principles & Benefits

ProProfs Project Management

In many ways, project management is a recent craft; but one that has learned a lot from the world of old manufacturing processes. With that in mind – lean project methodology is a great example! . Taking a few pages out of the book of lean manufacturing, we’ll have a look at what lean project management is in the first place. Following that, we’ll also see the benefits of lean project management in the modern project-oriented workplace. .

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Lean Change Management – 4 Years Later

Agile Coach

A friend of mine asked me on twitter what my 3 main things I’ve learned teaching my Lean Change Agent workshops and what the main takeaways from attendees were. First, How Lean Change Agent Came to Be. What started with the intent of telling a great story, spawned a global movement: ~10,000 copies of Lean Change Management have been sold factoring in all distribution channels. The inclusion of Lean Change Management in Harrisburg University’s change course.

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7 Proven Ways Lean Six Sigma Methodology Can Speed Up Your Business Growth

Taskque

This would not have happened if you have implemented lean six sigma or paid attention to improving the quality of the product. So what’s lean six sigma all about? What is Lean Six Sigma? Lean Six Sigma is a methodology used to minimize defects and errors and improve the process. One of the worst things about defective processes is that they cost you money. In a lean six sigma environment, employees set SMART goals.

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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? Fundamentals of Business Process Management. You can’t go far into the definition of BPM without talking about what a business process is. How to map your processes.

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. Before we go any further, allow me to make a confession: I believe that Lean Six Sigma is the dharma path for much of manufacturing. Quality is quality, and Lean Six Sigma can push yours higher. Why Lean Six Sigma Now?

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. Over-processing occurs whenever someone continues to work on an activity past the point where it would be deemed acceptable from a customer’s perspective or past the point where meaningful value is being added.

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12 Best Free & Paid Kanban Board Tools [2021]

Teamweek

With its roots in lean manufacturing, many companies use Kanban to improve their productivity and deliver optimal customer value. In this article, we’re going to roundup the 12 best Kanban tools on the market. Specifically, we’ll run through: What is a Kanban tool ? Kanban Tool.

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How to Get Started with Lean Project Management

Teamweek

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. Origin of the Lean Philosophy. Eliminating inefficiencies in the manufacturing process. The Many Faces of Lean. Lean Six Sigma (DMEDI). Lean Six Sigma (DMEDI).

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Process Optimization in Project Management (2): The 5S-Framework

Inloox

One of these tools is the 5S method, with which you can optimize your working environment in only five steps. This methodology is also used in Japanese Lean Management. Most of all this methodology provides an initial introduction to process optimization for smaller companies. In this way you work more effectively and create a good basis for further optimization processes. Do you find all documents or tools immediately?

How to Simplify the Decision-Making Process

Teamweek

Too many organizations make their internal processes more complicated than they need to be and waste a lot of time trying to ensure compliance. Each one was originally conceived to support a particular process and outcome, and when you use the methodology that matches your project specifics, making routine (non-urgent) decisions is a lot simpler. The Lean methodology strives for maximum value by cutting back on waste, such as excess inventory.

19 Best Tools to Support Agile Project Management

Scoro

Agile Project Management (APM) is defined as an iterative approach to planning and guiding project processes. We tested a lot of options to make the decision process easier. Agile tools are built directly into the platform. Some processes can be automated.

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. 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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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. But what about those companies who have implemented tooling to support delivery in place of documentation? This often occurs when delivery tooling is procured in a distributed manner.

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Webinar Recap: Leveraging the Latest Office 365 Project Tools & Capabilities

MPUG

Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Tim Runcie’s session, Leveraging the Latest Office 365 Project Tools & Capabilities, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Kyle: Hello and welcome to today’s MPUG webinar leveraging the latest Office 365 Project tools and capabilities. We’re also going to see trends that other software vendors are producing tools that fit in a space.

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Effectively Using Product Roadmaps for Agile

The IIL Blog

Many agile professionals have turned to product roadmaps as a plan of action to resolve managements need for documentation but is your roadmap a valuable project tool or just a required artifact created and then cast aside? The process to create and periodically update the roadmap generates meaningful conversations that create confident teams who are able to meet their commitments. By Betsy Kauffman, Organizational Coach, Agile Pi. What is an Agile Product Roadmap?

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

Digite

Clearly, this person was looking at Kanban as a continuous delivery tool or method and felt that not doing so was being sub-optimal. 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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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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Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily

Digite

Clearly, this person was looking at Kanban as a continuous delivery tool or method and felt that not doing so was being sub-optimal. 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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How do you “do” Scrumban?

Digite

You are a Scrum team with well established Scrum tools and practices. 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. Improve Flow by addressing any process bottlenecks and evolve gradually. Visualize your current process.

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Evaluate your ceremonies with a W5 check

Kiron Bondale

While new teams might lean on the Scrum Master to facilitate most ceremonies, over time, this can become a shared responsibility, giving each team member a chance to develop their facilitation abilities. In virtual sessions, this means ensuring that the tools provided (e.g. ’ “ Agile Project Management agile project management improving project management Process compliance stupidity

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Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

Leading Answers

The goals (satisfied stakeholders and value delivery) will remain the same but the tools, titles and processes employed will be vastly different.   New Tools and Approaches. Heavy upfront planning efforts and the use of tools like critical path network diagrams and PERT charts are not so useful when the input data is very uncertain. Yet the scientific project management that grew out of the industrialization of process is largely left behind.

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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. where we have a bunch of powerful tools! I was already aware of Lean principles and their techniques because I got Lean certified in my previous company. The introduction to Kanban came during the 4-week induction training in Mumbai where we got a chance to get hands-on experience on SwiftKanban and SwiftALM tools.

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Review of Product Development Books

Leading Answers

Also, organizations that embrace the whole digital product view still need help governing the ongoing process. The Flow Framework provides metrics and tools for tracking and managing product development. The framework employs a lean inspired set of metrics that include flow velocity, flow efficiency, flow time, and flow load. It is in the rebranding of tradition lean metrics that I struggle to recommend the book wholeheartedly.

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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.

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10 Reasons the Change Management Process Fails (and How You Can Succeed)

Workzone

While a river may change its course naturally over many years, altering its course in a specific direction within a particular timeframe requires significant planning, effort, collaboration, consideration, and tooling. The work you’re doing when instituting a change in process or organizational principles is tantamount to changing the course of a river. Without the necessary effort, consideration, and tools in place, results will be unpredictable at best, and harmful at worst.

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Gantt Chart is the right tool for tracking all projects even Agile

Binfire

They use different tools and methods to plan a project and track it during project life cycle. One tool every project manager should use regardless of the methodology used to manage the project, is the Gnatt Chart. When I make the above statement, lots of people jump to correct me that Agile and Lean methods don’t need Gantt charts. Gantt Chart benefits: Plan and Track – A tool that let’s you to plan and track a project at the same time is invaluable.

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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations

Digite

In the usual Scrum process, the P.O. Kanban’s evolutionary nature – start with what you currently do, visualize your workflows and work – and manage and improve flow – can be the perfect non-disruptive tool you need to get things in control and working again! Subversion is integrated with our Kanban tool so all work at each stage is also updated on the card as well (via comments on the card). Is this you?

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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. SwiftEASe empowers organizations with real-time, data-driven insight to track and improve the speed and quality of their entire software delivery cycle in a Lean-Agile manner.

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Continuous Planning Equals Business Agility

Planview

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. The ability to be agile or flexible in your planning process is crucial – even when the plan is already in action. Lean and Agile PMO

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5 Must-Have Features For Your Business Intelligence Tool

Function Point

Ensuring you have the right business intelligence tool at your disposal can make all the difference. And in a day and age where ‘old’ could mean only a few hours, the most valuable tools ensure you’re only ever working with real-time data. If you need to have a go-to person to create reports from your creative project management system because no one else can, it may be time to evaluate other tools.

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Shifting from Projects to a Product-Centric Approach

Planview

Product and program approaches, lean-agile delivery models, and lean portfolio management require a change to the way initiatives are funded, evolving from the upfront funding of an entire project. PMOs must also ensure that these iterative funding models fit with other established corporate financial processes and reporting. mix of work types—not just traditional and not just Agile—should be considered as part of the prioritization process. Lean and Agile PMO

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