What Is Lean Manufacturing?

ProjectManager.com

Lean manufacturing addresses one of the worst things that can happen to any enterprise: waste. These neglected resources include everything from manufacturing project management tools , to the skills of the staff members. This insistence on eliminating waste is where the idea of lean as a management system developed. Called lean manufacturing or lean production, the truth is that the lessons learned from this methodology can be universally applied.

Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach

Planview

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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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.

Strategic Planning: The Types of Planning That Bring Your Strategy to Life

Planview

In this blog series, we are providing an overview of the seven planning types to help you deliver on strategy with a dynamic and continuous approach. In these next couple of installments, we’re going to look at the different types of planning as they relate to your desired outcomes referenced from the eBook “ Planning Deconstructed: 5 Types of Planning Crucial to Delivering on Strategy with Dynamic and Continuous Planning.” Lean and Agile PMO

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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. Origin of the Lean Philosophy. By taking an unprecedented step from mass to lean production, Toyota saw its manufacturing costs and lead time go down, and product quality and customer satisfaction go up.

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Rapid Reprioritization: Delivering on Strategy in the Midst of Change

Planview

It’s operationalizing the new plans to ensure everyone keeps executing on strategy. They can ensure that people, money, and technologies are focused on the right work that will deliver the strategy. Staying on Strategy Amid Disruption. PMOs have a Rosetta Stone of sorts: Strategic roadmaps that help them continuously translate strategy to delivery on an organization-wide, cross-functional scale. The right visibility and reporting is key to delivering on strategy.

Top 6 Tips For Handling Your Ecommerce Business Projects

Proofhub

In order to avoid budget overrun and not fall behind business schedule, a clear strategy is crucial for your eCommerce project management. Without tools and ground rules, you will soon find your project out of scope and running behind schedule.

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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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Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

Leading Answers

The goals (satisfied stakeholders and value delivery) will remain the same but the tools, titles and processes employed will be vastly different.   New Tools and Approaches. Heavy upfront planning efforts and the use of tools like critical path network diagrams and PERT charts are not so useful when the input data is very uncertain. It is an exciting time for life-long learners willing to acquire new tools and approaches.

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Leankor Raises $4.1 Million to Fuel its Growth Strategy, Delivering Unparalleled Work Management Capabilities to Salesforce.com Ecosystem

Leankor

It does this by uniquely blending internal and external teams which may use vastly different work methodologies, including Agile/Scrum, Lean 6-sigma and Waterfall/Gantt project management. We founded Leankor after trying to use different point-tools over the years to manage work and streamline hand-offs between teams,”said Emilio Bernabei, CEO & co-founder at Leankor. “It High-Impact Solutions for the Manufacturing, Utilities, Energy and Heavy Industrial Sectors.

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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. This end-state vision will also define a pattern for forming teams, identify process flows, establish governance, and create a metrics and tooling strategy to baseline performance and measure improvement over time.

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Review of Product Development Books

Leading Answers

Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd.; The Flow Framework provides metrics and tools for tracking and managing product development. The framework employs a lean inspired set of metrics that include flow velocity, flow efficiency, flow time, and flow load. It is in the rebranding of tradition lean metrics that I struggle to recommend the book wholeheartedly. Agile Project Management Books Leadership Lean Metrics NoProjects Planning Teams

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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. We examine tools for making hand-offs and dependencies visible to highlight and bring collective attention to the problems. Gain tools for making dependencies, queues, and blocked work visible. Share implementation patterns and strategies to maximize team throughput.

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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations

Digite

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! Subversion is integrated with our Kanban tool so all work at each stage is also updated on the card as well (via comments on the card). Everyday Kanban agile DevOps Kanban Lean Project Management Scrum Scrumban Visual Project Management Visualization

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Shifting from Projects to a Product-Centric Approach

Planview

They engage with the product manager, program managers, the delivery team and, of course, the PMO to produce a holistic plan that is aligned with current business strategy and can be used to shape future enhancements. Program and product managers depend on the PMO to help them align investments and capacity with company strategy and measure outcomes based on business value. Lean and Agile PMO

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Roadmapping: An Essential Planning Practice to Deliver Outcomes

Planview

In part II of this series, Strategic Planning: The Types of Planning That Bring Your Strategy to Life , we reviewed the first three planning types from the eBook, “Planning Deconstructed: 5 Types of Planning Crucial to Delivering on Strategy with a Dynamic and Continuous Approach,” covering financial and budgeting project plans, strategic planning, and program planning. Release planning provides the tools to help you take and maintain control of the launch process.

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

Digite

With this Digité launches a new, tightly integrated tool for planning and managing the entire software delivery process based on the SAFe framework. SwiftEASe allows you to get instant visibility of your strategy and investments across portfolios, teams and value streams; and create any combination of Work Boards, corresponding to each of the SAFe® levels, allowing teams to execute Essential SAFe®, Portfolio SAFe®, Large Solution SAFe® or Full SAFe®.

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Continuous Planning Equals Business Agility

Planview

Do you understand the impact of trade-off decisions, accepting new, delayed, or dropping projects within your strategy? Now that you have examined your organization’s planning process, what tools, technology, and capabilities are needed to take your continuous planning practices to the next level. As your organization starts the planning process look for a planning tool that allows you to: Prioritize your strategies because they impact program prioritization.

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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. We examine tools for making hand-offs and dependencies visible to highlight and bring collective attention to the problems. Gain tools for making dependencies, queues, and blocked work visible. Share implementation patterns and strategies to maximize team throughput.

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Where Did All the Project Managers Go?

Leading Answers

The goals (satisfied stakeholders and value delivery) will remain the same but the tools, titles and processes employed will be vastly different.   New Tools and Approaches. Heavy upfront planning efforts and the use of tools like critical path network diagrams and PERT charts are not so useful when the input data is very uncertain. It is an exciting time for life-long learners willing to acquire new tools and approaches.

The Hawthorne Effect:Can You Hawthorne Yourself?

Leading Agile

Companies tried the strategies that had always worked before. I’m sure they are obvious to you, as well: Lean 5S. The Lean 5S thing comes from five Japanese words that have to do with setting things in order and keeping them that way. The idea comes from Lean Manufacturing, but it applies very well to software work , too. People seem to do better when their work area is organized and they can find the tools and information they need easily.

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How To Maximize The Efforts Of Your Agile Team

Binfire

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. 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.

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Top 10 Enterprise Project Management Software in 2020

EasyProjects

Ability to budget, analyze, and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously with project portfolio management tools. Rated Easiest to Use for Complex Projects , Easy Projects is a trusted project management tool for medium and large enterprise teams.

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Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers

ProjectManager.com

There has been some backlash against Six Sigma over the recent years, some of which is warranted and will be discussed, but overall the process proves a valuable tool in reducing defects in product manufacturing, especially when paired with Agile thinking, lean manufacturing and capable project management tools. 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.

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Managing Virtual Teams: Challenges, Tips & Virtual Team Management Tools

nTask

Productivity and Communication are two stringent strategies that are used to counter this initial challenge at hand. This form of trust is also built as the manager spreads word of appreciation through common boards in the virtual team management tools kit. Developing Effective Trust Through Virtual Team Management Tools: As part of the 4 th challenge at hand, virtual team managers also rely on building effective trust with their subordinates individually.

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What Does a Project Manager Do in a Marketing Agency?

Wrike

Here’s the straightforward definition: A marketing agency works with clients to develop and implement a variety of marketing strategies and campaigns. . Solid knowledge of marketing strategies. Project management tools and dashboards. They carry a lot of weight in the hiring process, especially in a project management position that leans heavily on these less tangible competencies. There’s a lot that businesses need to get done.

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Develop Better High Performing Teams

ProjectManager.com

It’s not solely about the decisions of executives though, it’s also about great project leaders learning to run fast and lean while developing high performing teams that can deliver value to their organization. Let’s review the impact of high performing teams, highlight their principles, behaviors and competencies and share strategies from influential voices in our community on how to thrive in lean times.

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Theory of Constraints: A Guide for Project Managers

ProjectManager.com

People have come to realize that much of the work they do is a project with a beginning, middle and end, and that the discipline of project management offers proven methodologies and tools to get their jobs done more productively and efficiently. The thinking process is a cause-and-effect tool, which helps you to identify the root cause of undesirable effects and remove them without creating new ones. There are many tools that can facilitate this process.

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The Disciplined Agile Mindset

International Institute for Learning

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. In this blog I describe the mindset behind PMI’s Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit, overviewed in Figure 1.

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The Continuous Innovation Framework (COIN)

Henny Portman

Align innovation with business strategy. The Six Week Innovation Challenge (SWICH) is a six-week period of experimentation which is based on Lean Startup principles and tools of Alexander Osterwalder.

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Is It Possible To Have Too Much Data?

Meisterplan

There are lots of methods and tools that promise comprehensive and complete project data. Different project management tools can record all processes in real time, documentation systems can collect completely new data and make it comparable to each other, and some apps can allow your employees to easily document all work steps through any smart device. How Lean PPM Works Lean PPM intentionally supplies project portfolios with only the minimum amount of information necessary.

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The 18 Most Influential People in Project Management

ProjectManager.com

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. He writes consistently on his blog about software development and lean, Kanban and agile development principles. Project management is an increasingly diverse field.

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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. Project Management Life Cycle - a course on how to apply project management tools, processes, and techniques for the successful execution of a project from initiation to closing.

The Ultimate Guide to SEO Project Management

Wrike

Stats like these prove that search engine optimization (SEO) is big business, with more and more companies investing in SEO tools and expertise. But, securing that coveted spot not only requires skill and strategy, but also someone who can prioritize and oversee SEO projects and priorities.

How to Design a Clear Product Roadmap

ProjectManager.com

What a product roadmap captures is the vision and strategy of the product , and it serves as a guide for executing that strategy, while getting internal stakeholders aligned, facilitating discussions around options and scenario planning, and aiding communication to external stakeholders and customers. The product roadmap is the responsibility of the product manager , both to create and to use as a communication tool. Read more about aligning projects to strategy. ).

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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. First, let’s look at the plethora of tools available to PPM practitioners. Finding A Tool. Big change driven by digitalisation is prompting PPM leaders to rethink their approaches to IT PPM, including the tools they use to support them,” reports Gartner. But We Need Standard Tools.

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Enterprise Agility in Financial Services: Learnings from the 2019 Planview Horizons Customer Conference

Planview

Whether it’s traditional project management, iterative work management, collaborative work management, or Lean and Agile practices, companies are making a transformation to tracking and measuring performance with solutions and tools that work with all of these methodologies to best meet the needs of each organization. Teams are now empowered to use Lean and Agile methodologies and enterprise Kanban to continuously improve their unique workflows.

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How to Write a Business Case

ProjectManager.com

The need for a business case is that it collects the proposal, outline, strategy and marketing plan in one document and offers a full look at how the project will benefit the organization. Compile the data and present your strategies, goals and options. Marketing strategy. In fact, in some lean or agile organizations, over-reliance on documentation is seen as a clear impediment to innovation and collaboration.

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Business Process Improvement: What it is and How to Implement it

nTask

DMADV follows these steps: Define : you need to define the process goal, while also keeping in line with the company’s overall strategy and your customer’s needs. The methodology incorporates a system of practices , tools, and training techniques that will adapt along with customer needs. Lean Manufacturing and Lean Thinking. With Lean Thinking your company aims to: Mend imbalanced production quantities. Tools to Aid Your BPI.

A Quick Guide to Program Management

ProjectManager.com

Program Management Tools. But to execute program management strategies successfully, many program managers have to lean heavily on tools to get the job done. Here are a few popular program management tools. Why has the Gantt chart continued to be one of the most popular tools with program managers? Reporting Tools. With a task management tool , managers can filter by the due date, owner, project and more.

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