What Is Lean Manufacturing?


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.

Remote Lean Coffee

Growing Agile

This morning we hosted a Lean Coffee session. It was my first time hosting a virtual lean coffee. My first experience of a lean coffee was with Karen and Sam many years ago, I really enjoyed the loose structure and got so much of value that it soon became one of my favourite facilitation techniques. If you’re planning a lean coffee soon, here is a tip for you: I tested a few tools, Trello was easy for me to use as a virtual board.

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Agile Practices: How to Run a Lean Coffee

Project Bliss

The term Lean Coffee doesn’t sound like a productive meeting session. How is a Lean Coffee better than that? Read on and find out how a lean coffee is a different kind of meeting than anything you may have experienced. WHAT is a Lean Coffee? A Lean Coffee is a type of meeting that allows participants to create the agenda at the beginning of the meeting based on their interests, with timeboxed discussions. Why Hold a Lean Coffee?

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What is Lean Six Sigma?

Project Health Check

Lean Six Sigma, a management buzzword that seems to persist and many don't understand. Lean Six Sigma is an approach for Process Improvement Projects, combining many different conceptual tools depending on the situation. Essentially Lean Six Sigma is a fusion of two ideas: "Lean" and "Six Sigma": Lean Lean is a approach that seeks to eliminate Waste during a production process; it originated in Japan on the production lines of Toyota.

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Design Hacks for Non-Designers: Ask Expert Laura Klein

Speaker: Laura Klein, Principal at Users Know and Author of UX for Lean Startups

We all have to make quick decisions about product interfaces, and there's not always a designer around when you need one. That doesn't mean that you're doomed to failure, though. Learn a few really common user experience design mistakes and how to avoid making them. Join UX designer and product management expert Laura Klein for a no-holds-barred Ask Me Anything session on UX design. Laura—principal of Users Know and author of Build Better Products and UX for Lean Startups—has over 20 years of experience helping companies innovate responsibly and improve their product development processes.

Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach


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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Lean Project Management For Remote Teams: A Simple Guide To Eliminate Waste & Improve Productivity


Lean Project Management can fix this. In this article, we’re going to explore: What is Lean Project Management? The Lean Methodology The 3 Types of Waste & How to Fix Them. What is Lean Project Management? As a concept, Lean originates from the Toyota production floor.

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What Is Lean Project Management? It’s Origin, Principles & Benefits

ProProfs Project Management

With that in mind – lean project methodology is a great example! . Taking a few pages out of the book of lean manufacturing, we’ll have a look at what lean project management is in the first place. Following that, we’ll also see the benefits of lean project management in the modern project-oriented workplace. . About Lean Project Management. So, you must be wondering – what is lean project management at all? Origins of Lean Management.

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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.

Lean Change Management – 4 Years Later

Agile Coach

A friend of mine asked me on twitter what my 3 main things I’ve learned teaching my Lean Change Agent workshops and what the main takeaways from attendees were. First, How Lean Change Agent Came to Be. What started with the intent of telling a great story, spawned a global movement: ~10,000 copies of Lean Change Management have been sold factoring in all distribution channels. The inclusion of Lean Change Management in Harrisburg University’s change course.

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7 Proven Ways Lean Six Sigma Methodology Can Speed Up Your Business Growth


This would not have happened if you have implemented lean six sigma or paid attention to improving the quality of the product. So what’s lean six sigma all about? What is Lean Six Sigma? Lean Six Sigma is a methodology used to minimize defects and errors and improve the process. Combine that with improvement in overall quality and higher revenue and you will earn more and spend less with lean six sigma. In a lean six sigma environment, employees set SMART goals.

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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. There are a few basic expectations which should be met to ensure that your tooling isn’t consistently identified as a blocker during stand-ups and retrospectives.

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What Puts Manufacturing Teams Ahead: Lean Six Sigma


There are always common themes that come up at these conferences, but these days it seems that you can’t turn around without getting smacked in the face by Lean Six Sigma. Lean Six Sigma has been growing up for quite a while now. Before we go any further, allow me to make a confession: I believe that Lean Six Sigma is the dharma path for much of manufacturing. Quality is quality, and Lean Six Sigma can push yours higher. Why Lean Six Sigma Now?

How to Get Started with Lean Project Management


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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19 Best Tools to Support Agile Project Management


Based on this, we put together a list of 19 tools that support agile project management so you can quickly maximize productivity in your team’s scrums. Agile tools are built directly into the platform. MeisterTask’s project management app comes with an online collaboration tool.

Webinar Recap: Leveraging the Latest Office 365 Project Tools & Capabilities


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Tim Runcie’s session, Leveraging the Latest Office 365 Project Tools & Capabilities, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Kyle: Hello and welcome to today’s MPUG webinar leveraging the latest Office 365 Project tools and capabilities. We’re also going to see trends that other software vendors are producing tools that fit in a space.

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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. There are several agile methods and variants, and most organizations experiment with a few, often supported by specialized advice and guiding tools. While Scrum is probably most prevalent in IT, Kanban and Lean are significant too. But evidence is strong that better results come from training and tools.

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Minimal sufficiency applies to tooling just as much as it does to documentation!

Kiron Bondale

For organizations which have onerous, document-based delivery standards, it serves as a guiding principle to lean out methodologies focusing on the minimal set of information required to meet delivery and control needs. But what about those companies who have implemented tooling to support delivery in place of documentation? This often occurs when delivery tooling is procured in a distributed manner. Tooling which does not map to the information needs of team members.

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From Toyota, to AirBus, to Wrike: The Lean Journey of Errette Dunn (Podcast)


In this episode, Errette discusses his work — how he started out as an engineer at Toyota and transitioned to Airbus just as they transformed to using Lean Management methods. In this Podcast, you’ll learn about: Lean Management and how Toyota piloted a method called Lean Manufacturing that would eventually transform the automotive industry. Airbus’s transition to Lean and how it influenced change management and culture.

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Effectively Using Product Roadmaps for Agile

The IIL Blog

Many agile professionals have turned to product roadmaps as a plan of action to resolve managements need for documentation but is your roadmap a valuable project tool or just a required artifact created and then cast aside? When teams establish this solid framework across a timeline and commit to frequent recasting, the product roadmap becomes an essential communication and trust-building tool. By Betsy Kauffman, Organizational Coach, Agile Pi. What is an Agile Product Roadmap?

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


Clearly, this person was looking at Kanban as a continuous delivery tool or method and felt that not doing so was being sub-optimal. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is another question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

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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. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Lean Learning ScrumIntroduction.


Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily


Clearly, this person was looking at Kanban as a continuous delivery tool or method and felt that not doing so was being sub-optimal. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is a question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

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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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How do you “do” Scrumban?


You are a Scrum team with well established Scrum tools and practices. Defining WIP Limits gives them a tool to do it more effectively, since WIP Limits are jointly defined and determined by all stakeholders – and provide an explicit contract to both sides that no stage of the work will be overburdened. Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Kanban Lean Scrum Scrumban

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How are your Team Dynamics? (AI-driven Enterprise Agility in action!)


As a provider of software tools for Lean/ Agile project management, especially with large customers who run large and complex projects for their enterprise customers and have 10s of thousands of users working on our products, we generate a large amount of project performance and delivery data. SAFe agile Kanban Lean Project Management project tracking Scaled Agile SoftwareThe world is rapidly moving towards of AI and ML-based transformation in all fields and domains.

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Making Bulk Updates on the Kanban Board


Kanban Kanban board Kanban Tool agile kanban cards LeanOn many occasions, you might need to or want to update multiple cards on your Kanban board at once. But doing this manually can be very tedious and boring too! Let us look at some of the common scenarios where you might have to do this: A Marketing team needs to update the priority of multiple campaign cards due to some competitor’s new product announcement.

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Using Kanban in Marketing


I was learning several new concepts including Lean, Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Project Program Management, etc. where we have a bunch of powerful tools! I was already aware of Lean principles and their techniques because I got Lean certified in my previous company. The introduction to Kanban came during the 4-week induction training in Mumbai where we got a chance to get hands-on experience on SwiftKanban and SwiftALM tools.

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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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Review of Product Development Books

Leading Answers

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. I can see the advantage of that, but it seems an unnecessary name-grab or overloading of lean terms to create trademark-able terms.

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The Basics of Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

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. Agile Agile Adoption Agile Community Agile Management Agile Project Manager Agile Specifications Agile Teams Agile Training Agile Transformation Business Agility Change Management Coaching Lean Thinking Organizational Alignment Path to Agility Scaling Agile Transformation

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


They use different tools and methods to plan a project and track it during project life cycle. One tool every project manager should use regardless of the methodology used to manage the project, is the Gnatt Chart. When I make the above statement, lots of people jump to correct me that Agile and Lean methods don’t need Gantt charts. Gantt Chart benefits: Plan and Track – A tool that let’s you to plan and track a project at the same time is invaluable.

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Mining Bitcoins with Your InstantPot: Has Agile Popularity Gone Too Far?

Leading Answers

This session aims to strip away some of the hyperbole and ground people with some practical application tools. Agile Project Management Events Lean Tailoring Approaches Warning SignsI am excited to be presenting at next week’s PMI-SAC Professional Development Conference on May 2 in Calgary. I am looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people at this new format conference. My session “ Mining Bitcoins with Your InstantPot: Has Agile Popularity Gone Too Far ?”

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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations


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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5 Must-Have Features For Your Business Intelligence Tool

Function Point

Ensuring you have the right business intelligence tool at your disposal can make all the difference. And in a day and age where ‘old’ could mean only a few hours, the most valuable tools ensure you’re only ever working with real-time data. If you need to have a go-to person to create reports from your creative project management system because no one else can, it may be time to evaluate other tools.

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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. Lean Analytics such as the Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD), Cycle Time charts, Flow Efficiency and Throughput/ Velocity charts provide each team great insight into their delivery capability and their process bottlenecks and enables them to focus on making necessary changes to their process to improve Flow, Throughput, and overall Predictability.

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Agile 2018 Conference – Unraveling Team Dependencies

Leading Answers

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. 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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Shifting from Projects to a Product-Centric Approach


Product and program approaches, lean-agile delivery models, and lean portfolio management require a change to the way initiatives are funded, evolving from the upfront funding of an entire project. PMOs must streamline the budgetary process with the right collaborative tools to incorporate feedback and intelligently analyze ideas in the context of the portfolio. Lean and Agile PMO

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Continuous Planning Equals Business Agility


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. Lean and Agile PMO

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How are your Team Dynamics? (SAFe Implementation powerd by AI!)


As a provider of software tools for Lean/ Agile project management, especially with large customers who run large and complex projects for their enterprise customers and have 10s of thousands of users working on our products, we generate a large amount of project performance and delivery data. SAFe agile Kanban Lean Project Management project tracking Scaled Agile SoftwareThe world is rapidly moving towards of AI and ML-based transformation in all fields and domains.

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