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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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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How Agile Transforms the Role of the Project Manager

As the Agile approach to managing projects is getting more and more popular, there is a growing confusion about the project manager’s role. What happens to it? With Agile heavily preaching shared leadership and responsibility, is the project manager in such an environment doomed?  Not at all. However, the PMs responsibilities change. Let’s find out […]

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Kanban Best Practices: Going From Zero to Hero

Talking about best practices in Kanban is a bit of a controversial topic. Why? You might ask. Well, because Kanban is not a framework and therefore there isn’t a single best way to do it. Instead, you start with what you do now and then gradually evolve. Every team is different, so their application of […]

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Kanban to the Rescue: Managing Multiple Projects in an Agile Environment

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, what if you have to deal with numerous projects, often simultaneously? The traditional response to this question would be to create detailed plans for them beforehand and allocate resources […]

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Kanban Backlog: The Least Explored Corner of Kanban

Let’s start this article by first saying that according to Lean, maintaining an ordered list of ideas (backlog) is a waste. Why is it a waste? Well, simply because having an endless pool of ideas, always trying to refine and prioritize them takes time. What if they never get implemented? The answer is clear: wasted […]