Kanban IT operations

Kanban in IT Operations: 5 Real-Life Examples

There is no doubt that Kanban is among the most famous methods for software development these days. However, people often forget that the method was initially tested and applied successfully in IT departments. Back in 2004, an IT team in Microsoft managed by Dragos Dumitriu was struggling to improve his team’s efficiency and to optimize […]

The Kanban Roles You've Probably Never Heard Of

The Kanban Roles You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Formal roles are important to people, we get that. We even had a recent company-wide discussion on the topic. As Lean blossoms best in an environment involving as little constraints as possible for flow to develop and evolve, we want to address the topic on roles in Kanban. Recently, I overheard an old question related […]

Kanban software selection guide infographic

Kanban Software Selection Guide [Infographic]

It is normal for most teams that are just starting out with Kanban to put the traditional, physical implementation of the method into practice. However, when you start to get the hang of it and reach a point where rapid process improvement becomes more difficult, you’ll need the added functionalities that Kanban software solutions provide […]

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Definition of Done – A Necessity for Creating Value

Should we avoid creating tasks that simply can’t have a meaningful definition of “done”? I stumbled upon this dilemma a while ago. It is a logical question, mostly related to agile software development, but it is more than relevant for all sorts of teams. Especially those practicing Lean and Kanban in particular. In the following […]

How Can Agile support Company-wide Agility

How Can Agile Support Company-wide Agility?

Now that according to Marc Andreessen “Software is eating the world,” more and more companies look for Agile as the rescue to address the challenge of digitalization. This makes complete sense, because if every company becomes a software company (also if it doesn’t know it yet) and if Agile is the approach for software development, why not taking Agile to the company […]

What is occupational burnout and how to avoid it

What is Occupational Burnout and How to Avoid It

Have you ever experienced burnout at work? The Chances are that you probably have without even knowing it. Occupational burnout has become such a regular occurrence in the lives of knowledge-work professionals, particularly considering today’s ever-increasing demands. Many of us aren’t even aware of how close we might be to burning out, or – worse […]

benefits of continuous improvement

How Continuous Improvement Can Benefit Your Business

The term continuous improvement is fairly self-explanatory. It almost seems too simple, but this industry buzzword is about continually improving your business, processes, and way of working. How you go about studying, planning, implementing and evolving that improvement is where it gets more complicated. You need to encourage a philosophy of constant, logical, and sustainable improvement […]