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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 […]

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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Kanbanize Capacity Allocation Tricks for Better Performance

Back in the days, project managers saw resource planning as a critical element for project success. Even now, many still insist on directly allocating tasks to team members. However, welcoming Agile and Kanban into the project management world shifted the focus towards managing the work instead of directly managing people. In other words, resource management […]

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 track progress in kanban

How to Track Progress in Kanban with 6 Easy-to-read Charts

Tracking progress is the core of the continuous improvement process. Without regular monitoring and tracking one cannot either recognize whether any changes should be applied nor realize if everything is going on well. An old management cliché states that you “can’t manage what you don’t measure” and this is exactly the case here. Monitoring and […]