Author Archives: Alex Novkov

About Alex Novkov

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

Lean Leadership: What Is a Lean Leader and How to Become One

Lean Leadership: What Is a Lean Leader and How to Become One

When talking about Lean, usually people tend to focus on the process management part. However, few realize that just adopting the most emblematic management tools such as Kanban may not necessarily bring the desired improvement without changing the way they lead. Now, we don’t plan to bore you with all the leadership fluff. Nor do […]

Case Study - Kanbanizing Technical Communications

Case Study: Kanbanizing Technical Communications

Introduction BLONDÉ is a third-generation independent family business that thinks locally and acts globally in delivering liquid content services to its clients worldwide. Since its establishment as a high-end printing company in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1934 by Lode Blondé, they have evolved into a multifaceted global provider of services in the communications industry. Presently, BLONDÉ […]

Scaling Kanban Across an Organization

Here Is How to Scale Kanban Across an Organization

In industry, when you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. Some will argue that it’s possible to plateau — to maintain a steady-state — but in reality, this doesn’t last. You may feel that you’re in control and running safely in “cruise-control” mode, but unplanned or unforeseen market changes can very quickly stall your business. […]

Successful Organizations Run on Social Capital

Successful Organizations Run on Social Capital

Lack of communication between team members? No cooperation between different departments? Collaboration holes in the organization? Silos within the company? If you can relate to any of these problems in your office, then your organization probably suffers from lack of social capital and in order to fix the problems that come with it, you need […]

Quality Control and Continuous Improvement - What’s the Difference

Quality Control and Continuous Improvement: What’s the Difference

Two terms you likely hear over and over again as a project manager, supervisor or team leader are “quality control” and “continuous improvement.” You can apply these broad concepts without fail to any industry, project or situation. When you apply and use them correctly, they will become second nature, simplifying and improving the way you […]

Waste 101 - Pure vs. Necessary

Waste 101 – Pure vs. Necessary

Lean was developed for delivering products and services with unquestionable value at the right moment to the end customer. To help you with that, the methodology focuses on identifying value-adding steps in your process and minimizing waste activities. Although it sounds pretty simple, there is a question that has been bothering managers and regular team […]

5 Ways to Get Started With Continuous Improvement

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 […]

How to make the best from Monte Carlo Charts

How to Make the Best from Monte Carlo Charts

What is a Monte Carlo Simulation and How Does It Work? The Monte Carlo simulation is a mathematical technique that allows you to account for risk in quantitative analysis and decision making. It relies on a large number of random simulations based on historical data to project the probable outcome of future projects under similar […]

7 Questions Before Moving from Scrum to Kanban

7 Questions Before Moving from Scrum to Kanban

Are you considering the move from Scrum to Kanban? Then you are among the growing number of teams looking for work clarity and productivity. To get there, you would want to answer 7 specific questions first. If you are still trying to understand the differences between the methods, check out our Scrum vs Kanban comparison […]

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 […]