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.

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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.

To Hunt Down a Clockwork Cockroach – Best Bug Tracking Software!


Project Management Best Bug Tracking Software bug tracking bugzilla Jira lean testing mantis planio project management stryka usersnapWhat is your first association with the word ”bug”? Nature, right? At this very moment, you probably have the picture of insects of all sort in your mind, pretty like a ladybird or revolting like a flesh fly, those useful to the environment and those which are not. However, there is also a different type […].

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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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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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.

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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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

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.

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?

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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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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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

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?

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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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.

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.

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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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

SCRUM LEAN KANBAN. Industries Originally applied to software development but now applied within many other industries. Uses lean as the way to combine the best components of kanban and scrum practices to deliver the most sustainable value as fast as possible. In my article " How to choose the right project management methodology ," I covered the key considerations and some of the assessment criteria when choosing a methodology.


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.

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.

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. As with all lean analysis, focus on value from the customer’s perspective – if further refinement will not generate such value, don’t gold-plate!

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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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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Agile project management: A beginner's guide

Moira Alexander

Although Incremental software development methods go as far back as 1957, agile was first discussed in depth in the 1970s by William Royce who published a paper on the development of large software systems. Later in 2001, the agile manifesto , a "formal proclamation of four key values and 12 principles to guide an iterative and people-centric approach to software development," was published by 17 software developers. Lean (LN).

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Definitive Guide to Collaborative Project Management


It applies equally well to all project management methodologies like Agile, Lean, Waterfall and Hybrid. As project management software is moving into the cloud and is becoming more and more software as a service (SaaS) , it becomes easier to add the collaboration tools to the application.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

These past few years have seen an incredible evolution in the way software is built. In these next years, we’re going to see a new wave of what software can do with the growing capabilities of machine learning, artificial intelligence and data pipelines across enterprises.

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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.

Rethinking Resource Management

Arras People

Lean, agile, phase-gate, and many more methods are all being used in our organisations. Planview are part of Arras People’s project management software directory – visit their website for more information.

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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. If we go back to where the “Agile” movement started and look at the Agile Manifesto , all the talk is about software development.

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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.

Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

There has been a rise in the transition of project management, product management and software development teams from traditional Waterfall methodologies to Agile ones. Those who don’t know much about agile, are also unaware of its popular frameworks like Kanban that is used to implement agile software development. An incremental, iterative approach to software development is called Agile.


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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Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

The primary purpose of software estimation is not to predict a project’s outcome; it is to determine whether a project’s targets are realistic enough to allow the project to be controlled to meet them ‒ Steve McConnell. Believing is Seeing: Confirmation Bias Studies in Software Engineering, “Magne Jørgensen and Efi Papatheocharous, 41st Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA). The Future of Systems-and Software Development.

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A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

Girl's Guide to PM

Agile Readiness: Four Spheres of Lean and Agile Transformation by Thomas P. Genius Project is a fully-featured project management software tool that includes everything you need to support your entire work breakdown structure and resource allocation process.

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Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Agile Software Development - goes over fundamental agile concepts to enhance your software development skills. Six Sigma and Lean: Quantitative Tools for Productivity and Quality - covers how to master Six Sigma and Lean fundamentals to improve productivity and quality in your organization and earn a TUM Lean and Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.

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. According to Reader’s Digest , “learning something new” is one of the ten most popular New Year’s Resolutions.

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Your 5 Best Books on Product Management & Product Marketing


Cagan, a partner at Silicon Valley Product Group, tackles not just the basic principles of product management (especially for software applications), he also goes into how he organizes product and engineering teams for the best possible collaboration.


How Big Data Can Give Project Managers The Edge In Manufacturing


By implementing Lean processes and programs, many have achieved significant improvements in product quality and output. There is no escaping the big data revolution that is sweeping across all sectors of industry.