What to do when you underestimate project goals

What to Do When You Underestimate Project Goals

Project managers have a lot of people to keep happy. There’s senior management and there’s the client. Then, there are those folks too often overlooked in the project success equation: the team of contributors who are on the ground doing the work. Trying to juggle all these interests, agendas, and priorities can result in a […]

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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 […]

Flying at project portfolio level with Klaus Leopold

How to Fly Your Business at Portfolio Level | LAMP ep.13

“Starting work doesn’t generate value, starting work only costs money. Finishing work generates value.” – Klaus Leopold First, there was personal productivity. Then, everyone started talking about Agile teams. Today, it’s time to take it even higher. In this episode of the Lamp, we are talking about business alignment with Klaus Leopold. Klaus is an experienced computer scientist […]

6 Traits of a Successful Lean Manager

6 Traits of a Successful Lean Manager

In all too many organizations, “manager” is nothing more than a different job description and pay scale. Managers go to more and different meetings, and complete more and different paperwork, but aren’t fundamentally different from other employees. They don’t require more of a person as a mentor or as a leader, and they don’t require […]

Truth about WIP Limits

The Hard Truth About WIP Limits

One of the main properties of Kanban is limiting work in progress (WIP). This allows you to match any team’s development (or your personal) capacity. The most widely-adopted practice is to set WIP limits per column (workflow stage). However, it is also acceptable to establish limits per person or team. In my experience, WIP limits are […]

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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 […]