managing dependencies with kanban in an agile environment

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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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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]