What is a Task Board and How to Make The Most of It

What is a Task Board and How to Make The Most of It

“When you visualize, then you materialize.” This quote of the American psychologist Denis Waitley perfectly summarizes one of the most effective tools used by modern leaders for managing their time, team process or even entire companies. Although there are different means to use for visualizing work, there’s hardly any tool capable of outperforming a task […]

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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 […]

Waste 101 - Pure VS Necessary

Waste 101 – Pure VS Necessary

Lean was developed for delivering products and services with unquestionable value at the right moment to the end customer. To help you with that, the methodology focuses on identifying value-adding steps in your process and minimizing waste activities. Although it sounds pretty simple, there is a question that has been bothering managers and regular team […]

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 […]

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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 […]