Remote Lean Coffee

Growing Agile

This morning we hosted a Lean Coffee session. It was my first time hosting a virtual lean coffee. My first experience of a lean coffee was with Karen and Sam many years ago, I really enjoyed the loose structure and got so much of value that it soon became one of my favourite facilitation techniques. If you’re planning a lean coffee soon, here is a tip for you: I tested a few tools, Trello was easy for me to use as a virtual board.

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Maximize Your Learning With Online Scrum Master Certification Training


Professional Scrum Master training is highly interactive training for 14 hours, and students learn by doing it in class. We use multiple tools and techniques to facilitate online training to make it practical for you. We use Scrum to teach Scrum in our class to gain practical knowledge.

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Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach


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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Newbies’ Guide to Scrum Project Management 101


Scrum” is a phenomenal subject – i.e. if you are familiar with it. As an Agile project manager, I have seen my fair share of so-called “Scrum Masters” and “Agile Experts” claiming to be masters of their craft. The truth, however, is that they don’t know a lot of things about Scrum and Agile. In fact, I was surprised that some of the “experts” didn’t even know that Scrum Master and Product Owner are not the same individual. Introduction – Why Scrum?


Scrum and Kanban Revisited


More and more Agile teams have started to adopt Kanban as a way to improve beyond what Scrum enabled them to do, as also to address some of the challenges that Scrum presented them with. As a result, many people have attempted to compare and contrast Scrum and Kanban in a variety of “Scrum vs. Kanban” sessions in conferences, webinars and online posts. The article provides great insights on the Scrum and Kanban methods, especially the debate surrounding the two.


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. A question that I often get while speaking with people is: What is the difference between Kanban and Scrum? Scrum. Scrum is primarily influenced by the Agile Manifesto which describes the “Agile” value system. The Kanban Method pulls a great deal of its values from a Lean value system. Haven’t read the Scrum Guide recently).


Scrum + Kanban – Why You Should Stop Mixing These Two


Scrum is a framework to address complex adaptive problems. Many teams have been using the Scrum to develop successful products. Kanban is a tool within lean process and organizations have been using it to visualize process flow, optimize processes and improve throughput.


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


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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Scrum vs Kanban vs Agile vs Waterfall – A side-by-side comparison


In this article, we attempt to clarify the basic concepts behind Scrum, Kanban, Agile and Waterfall. Popular searches on the Internet such as Scrum vs Kanban , Scrum vs Agile, Scrum vs Waterfall, Kanban vs Agile, Kanban vs Waterfall and Agile vs Waterfall manifest the need to have the differences between all these approaches cleared out once and for all. Scrum. Comparing Scrum vs Agile is equivalent to comparing apple to fruit.


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? When teams establish this solid framework across a timeline and commit to frequent recasting, the product roadmap becomes an essential communication and trust-building tool. By Betsy Kauffman, Organizational Coach, Agile Pi. What is an Agile Product Roadmap?

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Scrum + Kanban – why you should stop mixing these two


Scrum is a framework to address complex adaptive problems. Many teams have been using the Scrum to develop successful products. Kanban is a tool within lean process and organizations have been using it to visualize process flow, optimize processes and improve throughput. Many coaches advocate to using Kanban with… The post Scrum + Kanban – why you should stop mixing these two appeared first on Agilemania.

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Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

Scrum is also the framework of agile for completing complex projects. The scrum master is a facilitator of an agile team. Many organizations take CSM training and certifying their skills in practicing Scrum. This page is a comparison between Agile and Scrum and outlines the main difference between them. Scrum: An iterative software model that follows a set of roles, responsibilities, and meetings that do not change with time. What is Scrum?


Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos


More specifically, we chose to get our work done using a Scrum framework. How Scrum Helps With the Chaos. We’ve written about Scrum before. Scrum is a process whereby teams break down and accomplish large projects in chunks, allowing for iterations to improve the product progressively. Scrum helped us manage that project and maintain my sanity as well. Which makes sense as LEAN really comes from manufacturing principles anyhow.”


How do you “do” Scrumban?


You are a Scrum team with well established Scrum tools and practices. Implicit in these questions perhaps is the worry – will my Scrum practices and results get diluted or vitiated in some way? In the simplest level, Scrumban is just the application of the principles of the Kanban method on top of your Scrum processes. If you currently do Scrum, you can still use Kanban to visualize your work and improve your delivery of products. Moving from Scrum ?

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


Clearly, this person was looking at Kanban as a continuous delivery tool or method and felt that not doing so was being sub-optimal. 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 My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations


Most people, as well as me, are used to Scrum (or more likely Zombie-Scrum or Scrum-But ), but I believe it is too early to do proper Scrum here. 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! Is this you?

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Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily


Clearly, this person was looking at Kanban as a continuous delivery tool or method and felt that not doing so was being sub-optimal. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is a question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

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19 Best Tools to Support Agile Project Management


With multiple approaches such as Scrum, Kanban, and XP, Agile has transformed the way many companies handle project management. Based on this, we put together a list of 19 tools that support agile project management so you can quickly maximize productivity in your team’s scrums.

The Intrigue – and the Universality – of Kanban


While there has been a fair bit of the religious battle about Scrum vs. Kanban – which, while doing injustice to both Scrum and Kanban, has certainly helped to keep Kanban under the spotlight – the fact is that most consultants, coaches, and practitioners have been far more pragmatic and sanguine about it. Kanban/ Scrumban is the new Scrum. Much has been written and said about the whole Scrum vs. Kanban/ Scrum and Kanban debate.

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Scrum vs. Kanban Board: Which One Is Better for Building a Project Plan?


Six Sigma, Lean, PMBOK — there’s a lot of project management jargon thrown around that you may find confusing and unclear. Both Scrum and Kanban fall under the Agile methodology umbrella, making them good frameworks for breaking down larger, complex projects into manageable chunks. What is a Scrum Board? Scrum, originally created for software developers, is based around time-limited work periods, called sprints, which normally last around 2 weeks.


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. There are several agile methods and variants, and most organizations experiment with a few, often supported by specialized advice and guiding tools. While Scrum is probably most prevalent in IT, Kanban and Lean are significant too. But evidence is strong that better results come from training and tools.

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How To Maximize The Efforts Of Your Agile Team


You can also optimize the development process by keeping an eye on the code quality using an effective tool. Most importantly, it’s easier to track their time and attendance this way using tools such as Clockspot’s timesheets. You may opt to hire either a scrum trainer/coach or an agile coach or suggest readings. Project management project management software agile agile project management lean management scrum

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Agile Certification: Your Guide to the Large Array of Agile Qualifications

Online PM Courses

Scrum Alliance. Scrum Alliance was the first (2001) major organization to promote scrum, and to offer its certifications. Its Certified Scrum Master (CSM) qualification is still the most widely known agile certification. Scrum Alliance claims to have issued over 750,000 certifications. As you would expect, Scrum Alliance offers a who set of qualifications: Certified Scrum Master (CSM) The qualification follows directly from attending a mandatory 2-day course.

The Disciplined Agile Mindset

International Institute for Learning

This post is a supplement to Scott’s upcoming keynote at IIL’s Agile & Scrum 2020 Online Conference ]. The DA tool kit supplies straightforward guidance to help you, your team, and your enterprise increase your effectiveness. The DA tool kit shows you how to apply and evolve your way of working (WoW) in a context-sensitive manner with this people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile approach. Agile and Scrum Project Management #AgileCon2020 agile disciplined agil

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Four Top Project Management Tools and Services to Check out in May 2018

Brad Egeland

Every month or so I will be featuring project management, security and business strategy related tools, sites and services that you can check out for free. Their offering includes a range project management courses for all skill levels, with specialized courses for beginners, team members, engineers, PMP Certification prep, and methodologies like Agile Scrum and Lean Six Sigma. Are you happy with your current project management software?

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8 Project Management Methodologies Made Simple


Combine your agile methodology with an effective PM tool. Continuous collaboration Scrum? —?Enabling Increasing visibility of work in progress to improve speed and quality of work Lean ?—?Streamlining Scrum Scrum is probably one of the most effective frameworks used within software development. With scrum, the product is built in a series of fixed-length iterations called sprints. Looking for a tool to improve team collaboration?

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Is SAFe Agile?


Since the arrival of Scaled Agile Framework in the world market, there have been comparisons ad nauseum between the Scrum and SAFe frameworks. Ken Schwaber has mentioned that SAFe does not adhere to the Agile Manifesto values (specially the first tenet – Individual and Interactions over Processes and Tool) as it is highly process-centric ( ). Thereby, the basic atom comprising the SAFe molecule is a Scrum team.

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Portfolio Lane: Revolutionizing Portfolio Kanban!!!!


Enterprise/ Portfolio Kanban has for some time provided a visual method of defining and managing portfolios in a much easier manner compared to traditional PPM tools. With our recent update, we have enhanced it further, providing portfolio managers, program managers, release managers and senior executives a powerful tool in visually managing large-scale projects and engagements.

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Is Opinionated Software the Future of Project Management?

Leantime - Project Management

Project management is a tool to ensure that your deliverables are done right, on course, and bringing value to your end users. Leantime is the first opinionated lean project management system. We took the best practices of design thinking, lean, and agile and put them into a single intuitive system. The Kanban board was developed during lean manufacturing. Business Development Entrepreneur Lean Startup

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How to Make an Agile Workflow for Your Team

Before you can pick and choose those agile tools that work best for the project, you have to create a team that is open to working within an agile framework. If they’re not open to working collaboratively, in short bursts of activity and constantly pivoting as needs require, then no matter how many agile workflow tools you provide them, it won’t work. Scrum. Scrum is a framework for an agile workflow. When working in scrum, there are things called user stories.

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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

They identified the following 4 values promoted in Agile software development: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Scrum. Scrum is the most widely used lightweight Agile framework. Scrum provides high-level visibility to the work being done, as well as ongoing progress. You’ve likely heard of scrum activities that help provide visibility and ongoing improvement. They took lean manufacturing principles and applied them to software development.

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The Right Way to Think About Cost Savings with Agile

Leading Agile

They usually say Scrum is how they realize cost savings—but they’re missing something. . In its simplest form, like why shouldn’t you think about Agile as a cost-savings tool? Cost savings is a tricky subject with Agile. But it’s not because Agile can’t impact cost savings.

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The 18 Most Influential People in Project Management

She has written five books on project management including Communicating Change, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers, Handbook of People in Project Management, Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World and Customer-Centric Project Management. Mike Cohn is a well-recognized author and expert on agile and Scrum project management topics, and the owner of a large and engaged Twitter account with over 42,000 followers.

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Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Furthermore, neither agile or scrum contemplates how the agile team should be connected to a larger organization and to external partners who will likely have differing development processes and cadences. And, if I am correct there is not such a thing as a Scrum release planning.

Focusing on Results, Not Agile Approaches

Leading Answers

2019 marks the 25 year anniversary of Scrum and DSDM. I was involved in the creation of DSDM in 1994 and was an early adopter of Scrum and FDD shortly afterward. I received more training in Scrum by Ken Schwaber in 2002 and offered a training role (before they were called CSTs)  but I have never offered Certified Scrum Master training. I would feel wrong evangelizing the singular view of Scrum as the way, or role of the Scrum Master to spread Scrum.


Meisterplan at 2018 PMI Global Conference – Do Your Plans Work?


” At Meisterplan, we realize that project portfolio management (PPM) doesn’t involve simply finding the right tool. You can have the best tool in the world, but without the right process, it will be worthless. We have used those conversations to develop our Lean PPM process. Our goal is to continually improve our Lean PPM process and to share what we learn and what we’ve developed with organizations worldwide who use or need PPM.

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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! This can often be just SCRUM, just Kanban or even a combination of them both, often termed SCRUMBAN or one of a host of other Agile methods. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools. What does Agile mean? And how on earth do we distinguish this in the job market?

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Getting Rusty

Zen Project Management

I ran a Lean Coffee last week and before it I read a couple articles because I hadn't done a Lean Coffee in a while and wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything. I've been working with some of my newer Scrum Masters on facilitation techniques, another skillset that can easily get rusty if you don't do enough of it. One of my favorite facilitation tools is POWER; Purpose - why are we having this meeting/workshop.

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Agile Communications Plans

Leading Answers

Modern agile project management tools have a variety of Kanban board and backlog viewing tools so stakeholders can review progress and task status remotely. Information radiators  – A common theme between the various lean and agile approaches is to show and share information.

Are you being (responsibly) transparent?

Kiron Bondale

Transparency is so critical that the Scrum Guide lists it as one of its three pillars and it is similarly echoed in the reference materials for many other agile delivery methods as well as in PMI’s Code of Ethics. They will also benefit if the higher levels of trust which result from increased transparency encourage enterprise groups to lean out governance requirements by focusing on the few outliers rather than punishing the majority.

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