According to Jim Highsmith of The Economist, “An overwhelming majority of executives (88%) cite organizational agility as key to global success (…) Yet most companies admit they are not flexible enough to compete successfully.” Despite adopting Agile practices, many organizations struggle to achieve the predictable delivery, consistent speed, and agility required to compete in the modern marketplace.
How Kanban Enables Speed
A common theme in workplaces today seems to be “crazy is the new normal.” Unfortunately, most teams and organizations don’t thrive in chaos — they need help to create a rapid, sustainable pace of delivering quality products and services. Lean principles and tools, like Kanban, help organizations realize this goal through a continual focus on optimizing the flow of value from ideation all the way through delivery to the customer. One way to keep this focus top of mind is through your daily Kanban standup. Try asking these three questions in your next Kanban standup to keep speed a priority on your team.
Most people familiar with Kanban know its power at the team level; Kanban boards help teams visualize, manage, and improve their workflows, while collecting invaluable data that enables continuous improvement. For managers, team Kanban boards provide valuable insight into status, capacity, issues blocking progress, and more. This insight enables managers to be more effective leaders, and helps them add more value to their teams.
What many may not realize is that Kanban possesses equally transformative power at the portfolio level. A well-designed portfolio of Kanban boards, connected in strategic ways, can equip stakeholders at every level of the organization with the insight they need to deliver on key initiatives. Using Kanban can help organizations synchronize efforts at every level to keep everyone focused on maximizing customer value. LeanKit is purpose-built for Lean project portfolio management.
Read on to learn how to use LeanKit boards at the team, project, and portfolio levels to give everyone the insight they need.
When an important initiative has multiple deadlines and lots of moving parts, it’s important that everyone has a clear understanding of what needs to get done, and when. Whether you’re planning work for a new product release, a system upgrade, compliance requirement, or marketing event, you need everyone to be aware of important start and finish dates in order to stay on track. Effectively managing date-driven work can help you avoid last minute scrambles, disappointed customers, and releasing low-quality work.
Here are seven tips to help you manage your date-driven work in LeanKit.
Are you accidentally creating a culture that makes it difficult for your employees to thrive? If so, it may be stunting the success of your Lean-Agile-DevOps initiative. Leading with respect is the key to the success of any transformation, yet it’s often one of the more difficult practices to implement across the organization. Keep reading to learn how to create a culture of transparency, trust, and teamwork in your organization.
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Part of the beauty of applying Lean to knowledge work is its versatility. Teams in every department — from Software Development to Organizational Development, IT Operations to Marketing Operations — practice Lean in their daily work.
The workflows, organizational structures, work types, and associated challenges for each of these teams play out in diverse ways. Lean has universal applications, but it’s not universally applied in the same way. There are, however, some overarching trends: Flow is top priority, Kanban is king, and WIP (work in process) is the most common metric.
What do you do when urgent work constantly interrupts planned project work? Time after time, you put down the project work so you can put out the fire. But then what happens to the prioritized work? It gets delayed. With the unpredictable nature of IT Operations work, it can feel impossible to hit deadlines for prioritized work — which creates mountains of technical debt that add even more pressure. This creates an environment that is bad for morale and ultimately, unsustainable for keeping talented employees.
To balance prioritized and unplanned work, IT Operations needs a way to visually manage everything in one place — to keep the entire team aligned while keeping work moving at a controlled, sustainable pace. Kanban helps IT Operations teams do exactly this. Read on to learn how IT Operations teams can use Kanban to improve predictability, helping them meet and exceed deadlines for important, prioritized work.