Introducing: The First-Ever Lean Business Report


In September 2015, we launched the first-ever Lean Business Survey to gain insight into how people were applying Lean across all disciplines of knowledge work. In two short months, we gathered responses from more than 3,000 executives, consultants, and team members in a variety of industries, hailing from 75 countries across the globe.

Thanks to the strong response to our survey, we’re pleased to announce the release of our inaugural Lean Business Report. This report is the first of its kind, and this exclusive research has never been released until now.

92% of teams surveyed experienced moderate to significant improvements after implementing Lean. Download the report to learn what practices and principles are guiding them to success.

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Understanding the Relationship Between Lean, Agile, and DevOps

With the ever-increasing business demand for IT services, IT organizations need a sustainable way to scale their service capacity. They need to manage the increasing demand, while developing efficient, sustainable processes to safely scale.

To do this, many IT organizations have turned to leading workflow models and concepts, namely: Lean, Agile, and DevOps. These methodologies have come forth through various movements over the past decade. Although often thought to be distinct movements, Agile and DevOps share a common (Lean) goal: to improve the speed and quality of value delivery.

The difference is in the breadth of focus — Agile aims to optimize software development, specifically, which doesn’t consider the other parts of the IT value stream. DevOps recognizes that this just pushes the constraint downstream to Ops, so it works to break down walls between the two. Lean broadens the focus, focusing on optimizing the entire value stream.

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LeanKit’s New Speed Report

New LeanKit Speed Report

The new Speed (Beta) report has quickly become our most visited report. This improved visualization helps teams quickly identify work items that are out of the “ordinary” to enable process improvement. Keep reading to learn how to get the most out of the Speed (Beta) report.

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Better Visibility Into Your Connected Work Items

LeanKit Cards View

We’re excited to bring to you a new view of connected cards, saving you time spent jumping between boards and allowing you to move quickly on items that need immediate attention. You can now see all work items connected to a parent card in a single view, giving you critical information, such as due dates and blockers, at a glance.

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Kanban Training: Essential for Success?


When teams are getting started with Kanban, they often ask us: Is Kanban training essential to “do” Kanban? Although LeanKit’s Customer Success team provides some of the best Kanban training available, our honest answer is no — you can be incredibly successful with Kanban without Kanban training. That is, if you can apply concepts well, think critically, and commit to creating an environment of continuous improvement.

That being said: Kanban training can be a launching pad, especially for teams new to Kanban, that can help you avoid common mistakes and get on the fast track to success.

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The Pressures of Demand and Supply: Making IT Better, Faster, Cheaper


The IT industry is going through a profound shift based on market pressures it has, in one sense, helped to create. The speed and cultural expectations that have evolved from an Internet/streaming economy have created a business culture and expectation which requires unprecedented levels of agility to remain viable — let alone profitable. This has created a downstream impact on internal and external IT providers, who must find ways to optimize the way they process requests and deliver services.

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Why Lean IT Operations is Business Critical


In the modern enterprise, success is determined by an organization’s ability to adapt to a rapidly changing marketplace — a concept known as business agility. Without the ability to deliver up-to-date, relevant information where it’s needed most, organizations are unable to respond to internal and external opportunities and threats as they appear.

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