Visualizing what you do now is largely regarded as one of the initial steps in a Kanban or Lean journey. Even starting with simple To Do, Doing, and Done lanes on a LeanKit board works wonders. People know what work is “happening” and the current status. They understand the flow of work and sequence of actions to get things done.
This transparency — one major outcome of visualizing work — is only the starting point though.
What most teams are really aiming for is speed. So the question becomes: What steps does a team need to take to go from simple visualization to continuous, speedy value delivery?
You’ve probably heard: Agile isn’t just for software development anymore. More and more organizations are embracing Agile practices enterprise-wide as a way to increase responsiveness and deliver value faster. Executives are looking to Agile — specifically, enterprise Agile planning — to fuel strategic, sustainable growth.
As Agile becomes more mainstream, there’s an emerging need for a tool that can meet the needs of every level and function of the modern enterprise — not just the IT organization.
The enterprise Agile planning tool of the future is equipped to facilitate coordination and collaboration between technical and business functions alike. It provides strategic visibility and insight across the entire value chain, empowering business leaders with the data-driven insights they need to make more informed decisions. It is lightweight, flexible, and fits your company’s evolving culture.
Read to learn the trends shaping the adoption of enterprise Agile, and what to consider when choosing a tool to enable your Agile transformation at scale.
Note from the editor: This article was originally published on TechBeacon.com.
We humans are optimistic creatures. We think we can finish things faster than we actually can, so we tend to say yes to requests that we should probably decline, or at least postpone.
We also tend to underestimate the number of disruptions that sidetrack us from finishing work on time. Before we know it, it’s 8:30 pm on a Sunday, and instead of spending time with our families, we’re working on that thing that’s due tomorrow at 9 am. Because we think we’ll be able to get requests done sooner, we set ourselves up for an unsustainable pace that leads us headlong into the pit of doom. We’re always falling behind instead of catching up.
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.