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.

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Turn Vision into Action with OKRs and Kanban(ize)

Do you know what sets successful managers apart? A lot actually, but one of their main traits is the ability to set the right goals, clearly communicate them, and eventually turn them into reality.   That’s why a management tool such as OKRs is steadily gaining popularity over the past years. Putting it in practice, however, […]

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How to Deal with Blocked & Delayed Work in Kanban(ize)?

It’s no secret that staying on top of impediments and issues is critical for any project’s success. That’s why traditional project managers aim to track all problems in detailed sheets or create logs with project risks so they can mitigate them.  This approach makes perfect sense for stable projects with predominantly homogenous work. In a […]

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The Kanban(ize) Way for Managing Dependencies

When managing knowledge work projects, the word “dependency” is often associated with delay. Honestly, that comes as no surprise because the traditional way of managing dependencies (using Gantt Charts) is not reliable in an environment where requirements frequently change.  Following the same old approach requires project managers to rework their initial plans often. In turn, […]

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Adventures in Leading a Large-Scale Agile Transformation: Learnings & Reflections

In Part I, we described our journey in Leading an Agile transformation for a complex hardware product development program in a highly regulated industry within a large multinational company.   We didn’t consciously set out to implement ‘Agile’ or lead a scaled Agile transformation.  We didn’t have a masterplan describing how we were going to deploy […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]