The nature of workplace collaboration is constantly changing, and no where is it more visible than with team-level, digital Kanban boards. Gone are the days where teams worked together in a traditional office setting. It’s predicted by 2027, more than half of all employees in the United States will be working remotely—and with this trend comes a greater demand for smart tools that evolve your process without restricting the way you work. Digital Kanban boards can connect teams, regardless of physical location.
Any self-respecting professional likely thinks of themselves as being ‘good at change management’, but what does that mean exactly—especially in the context of an Agile project? Blending effective change management practices with Agile principles and practices can save organizations tremendous amounts of resources in both time and money, but incorporating the two requires precision, efficiency, focus, and flexibility. Here are some insights into how to practice effective change management in an Agile project.
Managing IT Operations can feel like fighting an uphill battle. From ensuring the security of sensitive data to implementing new software solutions, the IT Operations team is expected to juggle a number of tasks at any given time. As such, many of these teams struggle to manage tasks and meet deadlines—not always because of performance issues, but due to the overwhelming nature of their line of work.
Multitasking is a silent killer of productivity, disguised as a ‘life hack.’ In their book Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life, authors Dr. Paul Hammerness and Margaret Moore describe how multitasking increases the risk for making mistakes and missing important information and cues. Their research shows that people who multitask are less likely to retain information in working memory, which…
If you’re trying to be more lean and agile, you know it’s important to decouple work and limit cross-functional dependencies. While dependencies often present risks to fast, continuous delivery, they are also an inevitable part of any high-functioning organization. Where necessary dependencies exist, it’s important to visualize them in a way that keeps everyone aligned.
With our latest Connections release, we’re bringing you even more ways to gain visibility into work across your organization. Now you can connect one child card to multiple parent cards, enabling you to communicate project status across multiple boards without having to create more work for you and your teams.
When you’re first implementing Kanban, it’s easy to grasp the early and obvious benefits of visualizing your work: Benefits like maximizing your time, tracking progress more effectively, and communicating better often happen quickly. At some point, however, your team will hit a plateau -- a place where improvements slow or stop completely.
While it’s normal to feel frustrated by plateaus, you can push past them and keep improving with real, measurable results. At LeanKit, the documentation team traveled a similar journey. By using Kanban principles as our guide, we’ve solved several of our plateau challenges and have seen a 5x reduction in cycle time and a 3x increase in throughput.