Running Too Lean Can be More Harmful than Helpful

The Clever PM

Most companies out there put a huge push on efficiency and running “lean” — doing the most possible with the least amount of overhead. Product Management Agile Culture Leadership Lean Organization Planning Roles Strategy UncertaintyAnd in most cases, that’s a very noble goal — after all, overhead in the form of people and positions is generally the highest cost that companies face. Reducing the number […].

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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.

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What Does an Agile Culture Look Like?

The Clever PM

Product Management Agile Culture Influence Lean Organization PM Roles Scrum Strategy UncertaintyA common question posed to Product Managers in organizations interested in or transitioning into Agile is, “How do we know that we’re Agile?” ” Because agility is a cultural value, there’s no pre-determined checklist of things that one can step through and certify your company as 100% Organic Agile.

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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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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.

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Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers

ProjectManager.com

But it was when Jack Welch made it central to his business strategy at General Motors, about 10 years later, that it became popular in the broader business world. Lean Six Sigma. Lean Six Sigma finds synergy between these two managerial styles.

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The Basics of Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

Transformation Strategy. Agile Transformation Strategy. Your Agile Transformation Strategy will ultimatly depend upon the value system of your organization and the value system of the customers your organzation serves.

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Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

Leading Answers

Agile software development teams organize their own work, solve most of their own problems, and are empowered to experiment with new work strategies and approaches. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Teams Warning Signs

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Agile 2018 Conference – Unraveling Team Dependencies

Leading Answers

This workshop introduces strategies for structuring teams to reduce hand-offs and dependencies that create blocked work and delays. Share implementation patterns and strategies to maximize team throughput. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Risk Management Tailoring Approaches Teams Theory of Constraints Travel Warning SignsI am excited to be presenting on the Enterprise Agile track at the Agile 2018 conference in San Diego, August 7.

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Agile Through a Matrix Lens

Tyner Blain

A winning strategy involves selecting an attractive market, developing a strategy for how you will compete within that market, then developing a product (or portfolio) roadmap which manifests the strategy, while embodying the vision of the company.

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7 Factors for running an effective Kanban Replenishment Meeting

Digite

The Strategic Context: If you look at the various Kanban cadences (the 7 different meetings) – you might see the need for a higher level ‘direction-setting’ meeting – that sets the agenda or strategy for the team and provides a direct input to the replenishment meeting.

Agile 2018 Conference – Unraveling Team Dependencies

Leading Answers

This workshop introduces strategies for structuring teams to reduce hand-offs and dependencies that create blocked work and delays. Share implementation patterns and strategies to maximize team throughput. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Risk Management Tailoring Approaches Teams Theory of Constraints Travel Warning SignsI am excited to be presenting on the Enterprise Agile track at the Agile 2018 conference in San Diego, August 7.

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ESP Compared to Kanban Method

Digite

David Anderson is a thought leader and pioneer in the field of Lean/ Kanban for Software Development and managing effective software teams. With ESP we expect to start at the top and lead with strategy.

Flow Efficiency: A great metric you probably aren’t using

Digite

We are deeply honored to publish this post on Flow Efficiency written by Julia Wester for Lean Kanban University. It is a strategy for predictability. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile flowefficiency Kanban kanban cards kanbanflow Lean

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How To Maximize The Efforts Of Your Agile Team

Binfire

The strategy is to modify your language to suit the audience you are speaking to, whether that’s your executive management or your development teams. Project management project management software agile agile project management lean management scrum

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

Digite

Some typical business scenarios which come to mind include: • In product development, features getting partially worked on before being discarded, due to change in product, business or sales strategy. • Lean/ Kanban agile Elimination of waste Kanban Kanban board Lean MUDA

SwiftEASe – Relentless Improvement in Value Delivery with Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®)

Digite

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.

Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations

Digite

At the same time, we ensure we follow many of the recommended Kanban cadences, including the Daily Standup Meeting, the Weekly Replenishment Meeting (where fine-tuning of the story/ defect prioritization takes place) as well as Release Retrospective and a Quarterly Strategy Review Meeting.

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Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

Leading Answers

Agile software development teams organize their own work, solve most of their own problems, and are empowered to experiment with new work strategies and approaches. The critical role of software will increase as organizations undertake digital transformation and adopt continuous digital strategies based on products vs projects. Agile Project Management Leadership Lean NoProjects Teams Warning Signs

Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing

Digite

This makes sense: the bottlenecks in each team’s workflow are distinct, so each team’s improvement strategy is distinct. Agile Marketing agile Kanban Lean

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Product Owner Survival Camp

Tyner Blain

There’s always a gap between strategy and execution – and product owners are ideally positioned to help fill that gap. You will learn ways to close the gaps between strategy and tactics. productowners can help close the gap between strategy and execution bit.ly/poscusa.

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The Long Forgotten Nine Best Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

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

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Free project management certifications

Moira Alexander

Evidence-Based Project Management - a self-paced course that covers which project management strategies, tools and techniques are most effective by analyzing evidence-based research. 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.

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. Are you happy with your current project management software?

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How To Make 2018 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 2018. Lean in a little more to the opportunities before you.

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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.

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Project Portfolio Management Works for More Than Just IT

Meisterplan

If strategy changed mid-project, projects were usually still completed even if they were no longer aligned to strategy, which led to a lack of resources or capacity for higher priority projects based on the new strategy. It makes sense to keep things simple from the start, so I’ll briefly share the basics of the Lean PPM method many of our customers have found helpful. You can find a lot more information about Lean PPM on our blog and project portfolio management page.

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Agile Portfolio Management

Arras People

Limited organisational effectiveness caused by over-detailed early-stage planning, and lack of day-to-day testing of the strategy. Failure to consider stakeholders, especially those closest to changes, in strategy and portfolio decisions.

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Next Generation Project Management Software

Girl's Guide to PM

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. The implementation strategy requires having a plan with the final objectives defined.

How to Be Assertive At Work (Nicely)

Girl's Guide to PM

And, as Dr John Medina told me in an interview about his latest Brain Rules book, trying new things is one of the best strategies to keep your brain sharp over the years. Lean in a little more to the opportunities before you.

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22 Manufacturing Conferences to Attend in 2018

Appfluence

The ManuChem Strategies 2018. The ManuChem Strategies conference brings together over 150 production, SCM, & engineering leaders who are responsible for process optimization, lean manufacturing, and business strategy in their companies. The American Manufacturing Summit is a leadership focused meeting designed around improving plant floor operations and manufacturing strategy across the globe. Lean Manufacturing.

Rethinking Resource Management

Arras People

Lean, agile, phase-gate, and many more methods are all being used in our organisations. Whitepaper: 8 Reasons Your Business Strategy Might Just Fail. >

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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. Definition and implementation of a development strategy based on a coach-the-coach model will be critical.

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The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

Paymo App

What to expect: As a Lean and Agile project management expert, Corinna Baldauf shares her knowledge to help PM professional find and fix process problems. Roman Pichler: Strategy and Product Ownership. Adapting Lean Canvas for Portfolio Management.

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5 Things a PMO Manager Should Never Say

Meisterplan

PMI’s Pulse of the Profession 2017 reported that companies who align their PMOs to strategy report “38 percent more projects meet original goals and business intent and 33 percent fewer projects are deemed failures.” In Lean PPM, that usually means that a project coordinator will work with the project initiator to analyze the project initiative, consolidate information and add more details as needed. In past years, project management offices (PMOs) had somewhat of a bad reputation.

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Top 5 PMO Trends for 2017 You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Arras People

Work methods like lean, stage-gate and Agile that originated in the software development community are becoming more common in other industries. White Paper: 8 Reasons Your Business Strategy Might Just Fail.

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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained

Azendoo

This step is typically performed by the project owner and it defines what the project is, how it will support the overall business strategy, who will benefit from the project and how that will happen.

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Project Management: 5 lessons learnt the hard way

Azendoo

Transparency about business decisions will keep teams lean and focused, but it will also help different parts of the business work better with each other. Digital project management is complex.

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Clarifying Misconceptions of the Big Launch

Girl's Guide to PM

However, as students of the lean entrepreneurship movement hear repeatedly, it’s usually not a good idea to launch your product with a “big bang.” Do you think that your project should have a ‘launch’ event?

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Traditional and Agile Product Management with Meisterplan

Meisterplan

A Little P PM for Everyone In the last two years, we have spent a lot of time developing the Lean PPM method and examining all roles involved in the process. It helps me keep track of the strategy’s achievements, and immediately offers a clear and understandable visualization. Agile processes and fixed deadlines can easily conflict with each other. We have this same basic problem in our company.

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