cross departmental collaboration

A Step-by-Step Guide To Cross-Departmental Collaboration

Cross-departmental collaboration is one of the biggest challenges for project managers implementing Lean and Agile practices. No doubt about it.  The literature on the topic, however, often prescribes intangible and impractical ways to deal with this challenge. You will read about “eliminating dependencies”, “forming cross-functional teams”, “getting rid of silos” and so on. While these […]

agile capacity planning

How to Master Agile Capacity Planning with Kanban(ize)?

“How do you do capacity planning with Kanban?” – this has been a recurring question for us at Kanbanize. That is why we decided to address this topic formally through this article. When we get asked this question, it is usually one of these objectives/questions that people have: As a manager, I need to know […]

project management dependencies

How to Handle Dependencies in Project Management?

Before we jump into the profound topic of managing project dependencies, let’s set the ground for what this article covers and what it doesn’t.  First, this article will not educate you on what dependencies in a project are and why they harm your organization. If you’re reading this, you’re most likely aware of the topic […]

kanbanize pillars

The 3 Pillars of Kanbanize in Action!

At Kanbanize, we’ve always said that Kanban is much more than “sticky notes on a wall”. That’s why our goal has always been to build a product that’s not just the next tool for moving cards from left to right on a whiteboard.   We aim to enable true agility in companies by helping them:  Optimize workflows and deliver faster  Gain […]

Upstream Kanban

Best Practices for Using Upstream Kanban

Are you overwhelmed by customer feedback and requests? Is your team struggling to differentiate between ideas worth exploring and random ideas? If you have felt the devastating effects of aborted work, you’re not alone.  Indeed, there’s a way to streamline that rush of ideas, customer requests, feedback, and so on—a very reasonable and intuitive way […]

sles in kanban

How to Set & Track Service Level Expectations with Kanban(ize) to Optimize Delivery?

The standard approach for communicating when customers should receive a given service/product has been to set commitments and promises based on estimations. However, in the volatile knowledge work environment, this frequently results in not delivering on time.  That’s why in Kanban, we use Service Level Expectations (SLEs) and we are eager to share our first-hand […]

process efficiency

Max Out Your Process Efficiency with Kanban(ize)

The key to understanding the true meaning of efficiency is striving to eliminate all waste of resources in accomplishing desired results. Perhaps the only constant when discussing ways to achieve efficiency is the dynamics of the term. It implies the mindset of continuous monitoring, assessment, and improvement.  The process efficiency in the knowledge work domain […]

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When Will It Be Done: Project Forecasting in Kanban(ize)

Traditionally, answering the question “When will it be done?” happens in a deterministic way where teams prepare strict deadlines for their projects.  And while this approach works for stable projects, operating in a volatile environment requires a way to reflect our plans’ uncertainty. This calls for probabilistic planning, where project managers communicate possible outcomes (forecasts) […]