The Soft Spot Between Personal and Process Efficiency

”Efficiency is the ability to avoid wasting resources, efforts, and time in doing something or in producing a desired result… The highest type of efficiency is that which can utilize existing material to the best advantage.” – Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India The key to keeping pace and competitive advantage in an increasingly […]

What are Agile cross functional teams

What Are Cross-Functional Teams in Agile? Why Do They Matter?

Organizations have, long enough, supported the top-to-bottom hierarchy where decision-makers and employees are two different kinds. But as times change, so do organizations. Or, at least, the smart ones. Flat hierarchy, close-knit working environment, open workspaces, and virtual teams—this is what the modern business world is about. In recent years, many organizations have switched to […]

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Applying Lean and Agile Principles to Knowledge Management | LAMP ep.15

“Do things, learn, reflect, adapt, change on the premise that (hopefully) we will go faster each time we do that because we are addressing the fundamental process issues.” Keith Howells, Project4 Learning Lab In this episode of our Lean Agile Management Podcast, we discuss how Lean/Agile principles can be applied to the knowledge work domain. […]

moving away from traditional project artifacts and embracing purpose with kanban

From Artifacts to Purpose Using Kanban

Edgar Schein, Sloan Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT, describes three levels of organizational culture: artifacts, the visible sign: from dress code to how employees communicate espoused beliefs: the values by which business is conducted, it can be brought out by talking to people underlying assumptions, the invisible component: hard to describe, often unconscious, […]