Author Archives: Nikolay Tsonev

About Nikolay Tsonev

Proactive person, passionate about project management, digital transformation, growth hacking and entrepreneurship. Nick is enthusiastic about football, movies and watches.

leading large scale agile transformation

Exploring the Unexplored – Adventures in Leading a Large-Scale Agile Transformation

Leading a large-scale Agile transformation is hard.  It requires relentless focus and discipline to create an environment that empowers teams to deliver innovation at pace.  There are thousands of publications describing how this should be done in theory, yet not so many on how to translate that theory into practice.  The majority of those that […]

Scaling Kanban: Building Organizations for Long-Term Survival

Kanban has long ago left the automotive industry and conquered the IT world, but now, with an increased focus on flow, it is about to expand its reach to the entire business. Many business leaders have realized that Kanban has an extremely flexible architecture that allows it to scale across the enterprise naturally and gently. […]

predictive metrics for continuous improvement

Predictive Metrics: How to Measure Continuous Improvement

Virtually all companies use Key Performance Indicators (KPI) but too many are measuring the wrong things. The result is wasted effort and misdirection because choosing the wrong metrics rewards the wrong behaviors. U.S. banking giant Wells Fargo learned this the hard way. They incentivized associates based on a key metric: the number of accounts opened. […]

how to manage multiple projects with Kanban

Kanban to the Rescue: How to Manage Multiple Projects in Agile?

Managing projects is not an easy job. Having just one under your belt requires a lot of commitment to ensure its successful realization and delivery. However, the reality is that as project managers, we often have to manage multiple projects at once. In a traditional project environment, we would create detailed plans for them upfront […]

the workshop for applying hero's journey to evolutionary change management

The Hero’s Journey as an Evolutionary Change Management Tool – The Workshop (Part 2)

Previously, I wrote about Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey as a mental model for evolutionary change management. It was perfect for my needs. Now, let me introduce you to the implementation of this mental model as an evolutionary change management tool. I use this storification technique to understand what the organization wants first (needs later) and […]

the hero's journey in evolutionary change management

Introducing The Hero’s Journey in Evolutionary Change Management (Part 1)

This article consists of 2 parts on how I apply the concept of Hero’s Journey to Evolutionary Change Management. In this first part, I would like to set the ground by sharing the mental model which helped me communicate better with organizational leaders when managing evolutionary change. Journey to The Unknown is Always Uncomfortable We, […]

customer and upstream kanban implementation

Customer Kanban – From Customer Push to Customer Pull

This is an updated post/case study on the topic of achieving end-to-end flow with Customer Kanban. Many thanks to Patrick Steyaert for this insightful piece of content. Enjoy! Introduction According to the English dictionary, flow is the action, or fact, of moving along in a steady, continuous stream. In business terms, flow is when value […]

reasons for adopting agile in organizations

Top Reasons Why Business Leaders are Adopting Agile in 2020

Long gone are the days when Agile was just a nerdy topic among software developers. Having witnessed the methodology’s positive effects on the quality and pace of engineering teams, a growing number of business leaders are also turning their attention to adopting Agile in their organizations.  Since it revolutionized the way software products are developed, […]

project success factors guest post by vartika kashyap

Breaking Down The Critical Success Factors In Project Management

Over the years, it has become abundantly clear that successful project realization requires (1) planning, (2) strategizing, and (3) structuring to streamline the delivery process. And, fortunately, we live in an era where tools and automation software platforms have made the process of setting and planning more comfortable than ever. So, what I have tried […]