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How to Inspire Lean Thinking Among Your Team

Organizations generally adopt Lean to move the needle on specific indicators. They want to be more productive, improve the health of the organization, or increase revenue. But the Lean concept isn’t simply about improving metrics; it is about changing the culture. And changing the culture begins with leadership. Everyone from the top down needs to […]

How WBS Improves Productivity

How Work Breakdown Structure Improves Productivity

Editor’s note: The article was updated in April 2018. Originally published in May 2016. Having an effective and efficient project or workflow management system in place is important for any company in the business for creating something new and useful. There are countless steps, multiple team members and a potentially endless set of features at […]

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Project Management Is For Every Department

High-quality project outcomes completed within a manageable time-frame – isn’t that what most businesses ultimately want to achieve? Of course that we all want projects to be completed on time and within initial budget. However, statistics are not so promising. We recently found some eye-opening data that caught our attention. According to PMI.org, for every […]

How to Improve Concentration

How to Improve Your Concentration at Work

If you are already using cycle time analysis and flow analytics to ensure your team is as productive and efficient as it can be, then you may have noticed the extent to which delays, time wastage and lost hours can affect your team’s ability to complete projects on time. Knowing how every team member is […]

3 Steps to Encourage Continuous Learning the Lean Way

3 Steps to Encourage Continuous Learning the Lean Way

Continuous improvement is among the foundations of Lean. Yet, it is the principle most teams are struggling with because it’s easy to get started with at first, but quick to reach a plateau. Many leaders fail to understand that continuous improvement is more than process optimization. It is a constant drive to learn and apply. […]

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How to Measure Cycle Time: With or without non-working hours?

Does this title sound confusing? Don’t worry. By the end of this article you will see how simple it is. You will be able to measure the right cycle time with your eyes closed. In short, cycle time is one of the most valuable metrics you can use to acquire a better understanding of your […]