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


This is the original book where David Anderson first laid down the definition of and guidance to the Kanban Method for software and knowledge work. 31 pages, ET to read: 50 min, Published July 19th, 2012 by Lean-Kanban University). Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Books Kanban Lean

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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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Next Generation Project Management Software

Girl's Guide to PM

The project and portfolio management (PPM) software market is changing. In this article we look at emerging software in the PPM space and discuss how its selection and implementation needs to be done in line with an overarching digital strategy. Digitalization and Collaboration.

Preparing to Take On a Business Process Management Software


BPM uses technology tools , specifically automation software, to visually depict — or model — the flow of work and information in your company. Finally, BPM software can help you monitor processes so improvements can be made. Before You Dive Into Business Process Management Software.

A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

Everybody’s talking about agile software development these days: project managers, software developers, IT directors, small startups and big corporations. What is Agile Software Development? Agile teams prioritize collaboration, adaptability and working software.

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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.

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Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily


From the questioner’s post, it is not clear if their team is doing production support or software/ app dev. Kanban has a really simple, yet critical feature, that provides the most elegant solution to a problem that has forever dogged most software teams and their customers!

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


From the questioner’s post, it is not clear if their team is doing production support or software/ app dev. Kanban has a really simple, yet critical feature, that provides the most elegant solution to a problem that has forever dogged most software teams and their customers! On the one hand, there is the problem of high or unpredictable incoming demand on a software team from their customers. Here’s is another question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My

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Fika Stories 1 – Help! Our Kanban Died!


Look at Jason Little and his excellent Lean Change Management for guidance. This article was originally published on Lean-Agile Software Development blog and can be found here– [link]. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Scrum user story

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Fika Stories 2 – The Policy-Debt Trap


Something is obviously wrong, but the good news is: it may not automatically mean that you’re doomed and that your organization is unfit to all Lean/Agile things (find a new job). This article was originally published on Lean-Agile Software Development blog and can be found here– [link].

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Value for Money

Pawel Brodzinski

It’s not about software development or adding features. At the same time we expect at least a bit of Lean Thinking on account of our clients. entrepreneurship software business software development lean price product development startup value

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Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

I “went agile” in 2000/2001 – I was writing software and leading teams at an enterprise software company at the time, and we adopted elements of XP and other agile practices in what we branded (internally and externally) as Fast Cycle Time (FCT).

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How To Maximize The Efforts Of Your Agile Team


According to agile visionaries, a robust, agile team embodies “we” rather than “I” and that teamwork is crucial to delivering great software. Project management project management software agile agile project management lean management scrum

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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. Groupon started as an online activism platform and PayPal started out building security software for handheld devices (think Palm Pilots, not smart phones). 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.

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ESP Compared to Kanban Method


David Anderson is a thought leader and pioneer in the field of Lean/ Kanban for Software Development and managing effective software teams. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Enterprise Kanban enterprise se Kanban Kanban board kanban cadences Lean

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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Systems Engineering and Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

I come to this systems domain from the Software Intensive System of Systems paradigm. When I hear about complex software systems and how difficult they are, and how undesirable they are, and all the other urban legends about complexity, complex, complicated and chaos, I get a smile. The Art of Systems Architecting 2nd Edition , Mark Maier and Eberhardt Rechtin - is a seminal work including software systems. What Can Lean Learn From Systems Engineering?

How do you “do” Scrumban?


Kanban, as clarified by David Anderson in his famous Kanban Blue Book, is not a software development or project management methodology. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Lean Scrum Scrumban

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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. Given that Lunar Logic is a web software shop we often talk with startups that want to build their product.

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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. 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. Scrum teams have also been guided to produce increments of software at the same rate.


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.

To See or Not to See?


As you may all be familiar by now, the few Kanban principles that are most commonly applied to software are Visualization, Map the Value Stream, Limiting WIP, Removing Impediments to flow and Regular Cadence & Measurements for continuous improvements. It is not enough to Visualize.

The Intrigue – and the Universality – of Kanban


This year, we hope to cover some of this discussion through our own blog posts and webinars – to spread awareness of the value of Kanban with Scrum – or Scrumban – for software teams of all hues. Kanban can be a solution to basic challenges all software teams face!

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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.

Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations


In my over 25+ years in the software industry, this has been an all too familiar situation! I have often wondered – doesn’t speak too well of us as software professionals! Everyday Kanban agile DevOps Kanban Lean Project Management Scrum Scrumban Visual Project Management Visualizatio

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


In other domains like marketing, IT, software development, telecom etc., Lean/ Kanban agile Elimination of waste Kanban Kanban board Lean MUDA

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. Whether you do it on a physical board or an electronic Kanban software, it helps you stay focused on the tasks at hand.

Product Owner Survival Camp

Tyner Blain

Convert strategy to reality by prioritizing the right strategic goals to define an agile product roadmap and manage a lean product backlog. Agile Business Analysis Product Management Software developmentProduct owners are likely to find themselves alone in the organizational wilderness.

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The Long Forgotten Nine Best Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

There are Nine Best Practices for success in enterprise Software Development. What Can Lean Learn From Systems Engineering? Here's a paper describing them and their use. Nine Best Practices from Glen Alleman. Related articles. Strategy is Not the Same as Operational Effectiveness. An Example of Complete Misunderstanding of Project Work. Principles Project Management

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Why Agile is important?


If you still think Agile is good for managing software projects only, you are making a big mistake. An Agile organization is a lean organization which is able to respond to new events or challenges really fast, almost in real time.

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What is PRINCE2 Agile All About?

Arras People

I have also been a software developer and used agile development methods and have never seen the two as being in conflict. It also promotes the concepts of Lean Startup. PRINCE2 Agile incorporates the popular frameworks of SCRUM… … Kanban… … and Lean Startup.

The Top Five Project Management Certifications in the UK

Arras People

Agile Scrum is a project management method used best in the software and IT industries. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. What is Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt? How much does the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification cost in the UK?

What Does Agile Mean in the Job Market?

Arras People

Relating to or denoting a method of project management, used especially for software development, that is characterised by the division of tasks into short phases of work and frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans. Manifesto for Agile Software Development. What does Agile mean?

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3 Product Updates Corral Project Data More Efficiently Than Ever


Archives keep your workspace lean and mean. Featured LiquidPlanner Project Management SoftwareWhen you use a data-driven project management platform like LiquidPlanner, you generate a lot of important information that needs to be organized, accessed and acted upon.

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What Project Teams Need to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Moving your software systems to the cloud. Implement lean manufacturing practices. Dynamic Project Management Featured Reporting SoftwareProductivity is on the rise in manufacturing, and employment is down.

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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Why Do Products Fail? – Incomplete Solutions

Tyner Blain

Most of the best practices of software development, in particular agile and lean* methodology, bias us towards focusing on – almost fixating on – the former. This article continues the series exploring the root causes of product failure.

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


When I make the above statement, lots of people jump to correct me that Agile and Lean methods don’t need Gantt charts. Flexibility – Software allows to update the chart anytime. Good chart software shows both duration and effort for each task.

Agile Project Management Methodology Explained


In Project Management, Agile is often referred to in software development, but it can also be applied to other fields. Using Agile outside of software. As mentioned before, although Agile is mostly seen in the software development field, it can be used for any field.

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Five expectations for agile tools…

Kiron Bondale

Agile delivery does not mandate the use of software tools, but when scaling agile within large organizations with greater numbers of stakeholders, geographic distribution of pods, compliance requirements and similar enterprise challenges, tooling can improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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