Author Archives: Alex Novkov

About Alex Novkov

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

The Kanban Roles You've Probably Never Heard Of

The Kanban Roles You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Formal roles are important to people, we get that. We even had a recent company-wide discussion on the topic. As Lean blossoms best in an environment involving as little constraints as possible for the flow to develop and evolve, we want to address the topic of roles in Kanban. Recently, I overheard an old question […]

How Can Agile support Company-wide Agility

How Can Agile Support Company-wide Agility?

Now that according to Marc Andreessen “Software is eating the world,” more and more companies look for Agile as the rescue to address the challenge of digitalization. This makes complete sense, because if every company becomes a software company (also if it doesn’t know it yet) and if Agile is the approach for software development, why not taking Agile to the company […]

Practical Tips for Managing a Lean Team Pt.2

Practical Tips for Managing a Lean Team – Pt. 2

Part 1 of this article provided some practical tips about the very basis of practicing Lean management – applying the 5 principles of Lean in practice. In part 2, you’ll learn the characteristics of an effective lean team, and how to achieve them. Characteristics of an Effective Lean Team All managers know that there are […]

What to do when you underestimate project goals

What to Do When You Underestimate Project Goals

Project managers have a lot of people to keep happy. There’s senior management and there’s the client. Then, there are those folks too often overlooked in the project success equation: the team of contributors who are on the ground doing the work. Trying to juggle all these interests, agendas, and priorities can result in a […]

Lean thinking

How to Inspire Lean Thinking Among Your Team

Organizations generally adopt Lean to move the needle on specific indicators. They want to be more productive, improve the health of the organization, or increase revenue. But the Lean concept isn’t simply about improving metrics; it is about changing the culture. And changing the culture begins with leadership. Everyone from the top down needs to […]

6 Traits of a Successful Lean Manager

6 Traits of a Successful Lean Manager

In all too many organizations, “manager” is nothing more than a different job description and pay scale. Managers go to more and different meetings, and complete more and different paperwork, but aren’t fundamentally different from other employees. They don’t require more of a person as a mentor or as a leader, and they don’t require […]