Stop Abusing Agile

Stop Abusing Agile

Bob asked, “Is the project on schedule?” Will said, “We do Agile. We don’t follow a schedule.” Bob was left wondering how he might report this to the governance teams. Cathy asked, “What scope will be delivered in the next 2 months?”, to which Joe answered, “We are agile. We do not estimate all work […]

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Why Collaboration Is Important in the Workplace and How to Optimize It

It might seem like a no-brainer that encouraging collaborative project management among stakeholders and team members on essentially any undertaking is crucial to success. However, you would be surprised to find that much of the waste in businesses, large and small, derives from miscommunication and missed opportunities. The reason is that many teams don’t really know what does collaborative working […]

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How Does Kanban Support Service Management Agility?

Elsewhere, I have proposed a Manifesto for Service Management Agility, describing what agility in managing services would be. Kanban is well known as a method for agile management. So let me put these two concepts together. How does Kanban support service management agility? How can agile service managers make good use of Kanban? A Manifesto for […]

Why Team Kanban Is Not Enough Anymore

Why Team Kanban is No Longer Enough for a Lean Company

Kanban has evolved from an exotic practice associated with manufacturing to a trendy method applied in practically every industry that you can think of from construction to healthcare. Its simplicity is attracting thousands of teams each year and after a short test run, many companies decide to implement it on a greater scale. However, it […]

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Top Reasons Why Your Team Needs a Visual Management Board

Today’s business pace and dynamic workflows that push teams to their limits require a new way of managing work. Therefore, it is no surprise that methods such as Kanban that rely heavily on workflow visualization are gaining serious popularity in a growing number of industries such as software development, IT operations, product development, etc. In […]

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5 Ways to Get Started With Continuous Improvement

Editor’s note: The article was updated in February 2018. Originally published in July 2017. Continuous improvement is a widely discussed topic, especially in the Lean and Agile communities. You can find plenty of articles that cover how continuous improvement can benefit your business, however, most of the information covers the theory with very little practical […]