Author Archives: Alex Novkov

About Alex Novkov

Energetic and practical, passionate about: social media, creative writing, heavy weights and outdoor activities.

5 Ways to Get Started With Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is a widely discussed topic, especially in the Lean and Agile communities. You can find plenty of articles that cover how continuous improvement can benefit your business, however, most of the information covers the theory with very little practical advice on how to actually start implementing it in your daily office life. As […]

the rise of kanban in a scrum world

The Rise of Kanban in a Scrum World

Until a few years ago, Scrum was considered the most efficient way of software development, but the method has started losing popularity, especially in its pure form (without elements taken from other methods, such as Kanban). As the world of software continuously evolves, it is becoming clear that the engineers of today need something different. […]

Optimizing efficiency? Forget multitasking!

Optimizing Efficiency? Forget Multitasking!

The reality of modern business requires companies to be not just effective but also efficient in everything they undertake. Reaching optimal efficiency in any process is difficult, and among the main reasons for this is the habit of multitasking. Understanding why it drags down productivity and finding a way to get rid of multitasking altogether […]

kanban shared leadership

Implementing Shared Leadership with Kanban

In the past, companies have traditionally relied on authoritarian structures to delegate responsibility down the organizational hierarchy. However, leadership models are becoming flatter in nature as the continuous business development requires organizations to adopt new ways of advancing ahead of their competitors. Hierarchical leadership is usually consensus-driven and structured by exhaustive routines and processes, such […]

GUEST POST: Debunking the Biggest Myths About Kanban

I am writing a book about Kanban and agile transformations. Just a few weeks ago, someone said to me: “But how can you write a whole book about Kanban?” During the past years, I have been coaching quite a few agile transformations, often implementing Kanban. More than once, people have asked me: “Why Kanban? Are […]

Version 5.8 – What’s New this Month?

Precise breakdown of projects using runtime policies Product update 5.8 introduces a new, practical way to break down work precisely using runtime policies. Whenever you set up a policy that triggers the creation of new cards (including parent, child and relative cards), you can copy card parameters of interest from the trigger card to the newly created […]

Version 5.7 – What’s New this Month?

SAML Single Sign-On for ease and increased security in one Single Sign-On (SSO) is a technology that allows you to maintain a centralized Identity Provider server. Аll other tools communicate with it to authenticate and authorize users as they log in to certain platforms. SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) is the most wide-spread SSO standard in […]

Track Your Aging Work In Progress

Just as the name suggests, the purpose of the Aging Work in Progress chart is to visualize how your cards are progressing towards the done section of your Kanban board. It has two main uses – to show you how your current assignments are moving forward and to give you an idea of how you were […]