Author Archives: Dimitar Karaivanov

About Dimitar Karaivanov

Optimistic enthusiast fond of lean product development, Kanban, productivity techniques, football, rock music, dogs, vegetarianism and space.

Are we seeing the end of Scrum

Are We Seeing the End of Scrum?

As Agile is outgrowing IT and the world starts talking about Business Agility, we see Scrum attempted in various setups – Marketing, Sales, Legal, Management. Although it can be technically used in such contexts, Scrum was invented to help software teams deliver software and as such, it dominated the industry. But the most recent State […]

How to be more productive without losing your creativity

How To Be More Productive Without Losing Your Creativity?

Creativity and productivity are two irreplaceable elements for achieving success in business. Although they are two sides of the same coin, there’s a widespread misunderstanding saying that creativity kills productivity and vice versa. As a result, it is not a surprise that teams with more creative functions (e.g. marketing, design, etc.) are sometimes putting up […]

The Economic Problem with Queues in Product Development

Reading Don Reinertsen’s book “The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development” was a truly enlightening experience, especially when it comes to understanding queues and the problems that queues cause in a regular product development process. Having almost five years of development behind Kanbanize, and many more before that, we came to […]

The 5 Principles of a Kanban Samurai

I first heard about the five lean principles from Mr. Ashley Johnson, a co-founder of Gemba Systems LLC, which is a boutique professional services firm. Whatever I say about Ashley would be just too weak to express my admiration for this guy, because he is a rare combination of passion, skill, and devotion. I strongly recommend him […]

Implementing BPM with Kanban

Business process management has been the standard for managing big companies for a long time now and there is probably no manager out there that hasn’t heard of it. BPM and BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) are quite common terms these days and there are multi-billion businesses deploying and benefiting from the concept and the tools available on the market. This article relates BPM to Kanban and suggests an implementation of a simple but effective process management with Kanbanize.