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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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

It may be that your strategy is one which is beyond the skills of your teams, in which case you need to choose a different problem to solve. It is also a characteristic of lean manufacturing. The opportunity represents one aspect of one way to succeed with a strategy.

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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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Playing Whack-A-Mole With Risk

Tyner Blain

When it comes to developing a product strategy – or even making decisions about how best to create a product, one of these assumptions is likely to be what causes us to fail. Essentially, product strategy and product ideation.

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


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

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


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


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


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

How To Maximize The Efforts Of Your Agile Team


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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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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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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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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Agile Project Management Methodology Explained


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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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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Project Management: 5 lessons learnt the hard way


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.

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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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.

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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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.

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. PMI ’s annual Global Congress provides insight into current project and business challenges and strategies.

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6 Top Project Management Books for Engineers and Manufacturers


Epiphanized: A Novel on Unifying Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma by Bob Sproull and Bruce Nelson. Management consultants Bob Sproull and Bruce Nelson borrow from Goldratt’s storytelling concept to explore the advantages of using Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma together.

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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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.

Why Do Products Fail? – Ignoring Context

Tyner Blain

Patterns for Multiscreen Strategies from precious. Not sure where I found it, but here’s a link to a great presentation on UX for lean startups from Lane.

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Industry 4.0 Series: AI, IoT, and the Future of Manufacturing


Further Reading: How Lean Six Sigma Moves Manufacturing Teams Ahead ]. Then there is the business acumen element, which requires project managers to make business decisions, set goals, plan strategies and respond quickly to change. This story is part of our Industry 4.0

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.

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Becoming a Project Manager – A Complete Guide for 2018

Paymo App

The chosen strategy was successful and the time and budget of the project were met.” Lean focuses on moving the main goal towards valuable product delivery with fewer resources. Are you preparing to become a project manager but you don’t know where to start?

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Your 5 Best Books on Product Management & Product Marketing


The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. Author Eric Ries shows how you can leverage Lean principles (cut out waste, build a Minimum Viable Product, etc.)


How to deal with a disengaged sponsor

Susanne Madsen

A better strategy would be to actively do something to resolve the situation. It’s important that you respect your sponsor’s time and that you don’t escalate and lean on her more than necessary.

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What Project Teams Need to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Getting automation to work for you (not as a replacement strategy), enabling teams and organizations to think more strategically. Implement lean manufacturing practices. Productivity is on the rise in manufacturing, and employment is down.

12 Books To Kickstart Your Leadership Skills

Project Management Hacks

What strategies and techniques actually work in productivity? The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries. The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter by Michael D.

80+ Awesome Online Resources for Project Managers


provides a comprehensive course catalog, covering both core project management concepts and advanced strategies. Villanova University administers online classes in project management essentials, advanced strategies, team effectiveness, Six Sigma, and PMP/CAPM exam prep.

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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43 Learning Resources for New and Experienced Project Managers


Drawing from his years leading technology projects at Microsoft, Berkun offers readers field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. Age of Product offers tools and insights for agile software development, product management, and lean methodologies.

25 Ways Labor Market Loses Money on Productivity – Infographics


Applying lean thinking in construction and performance improvement: [link]. Construction Workforce Management Strategies to Reduce Absenteeism: A Survey Study: [link]. 25 ways the labor market loses money on productivity in the construction industry. The construction industry, more than other industries, suffers more problems and money loss related to productivity and high levels of waste or non-value added activities.

Top 12 Most Relevant Project Management Books You Need to Read


The book compares agile to waterfall, breaks down various agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, XP, FDD, Lean, Crystal, etc.), The boxset covers 6 topics: management essentials, leadership, strategy, managing people, and managing yourself.

Project Manager vs. Product Manager (and Other Jobs)


To make things more confusing, project managers often end up with responsibilities outside of their traditional job description, like: working with clients, managing other project managers, or driving forward business strategy. Creates strategy yes yes. This frees project manager to pursue other things, like identifying goals and aligning projects with business strategy. promotion strategy, distribution, logistics) and coordinate work.