Gain Insights Across the Enterprise with Project Portfolio Management

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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.

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What’s New: Make IT Service Management Visible with New Kanban Board Templates

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When multiple teams, various tools, and stakeholders from across the business are involved, IT Service Management (ITSM) processes can be complicated and challenging to manage — but Kanban can help. We’ve created new board templates, based on ITIL guidelines, to quickly get started on managing and implementing your ITSM processes. These new Kanban board templates will give your team the visibility it needs to take a systems-thinking approach to prioritizing and managing problems, changes, and incidents — resulting in faster time to resolution and reduced costs.

Keep reading to learn how your team can use these Kanban board templates, with specific examples of some of your most common workflows: incident resolution, problem and incident management, change authorization, and change implementation.

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The Lead Time and Cycle Time Debate: When Does the Clock Start?

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Recently, a group of my LeanKit coworkers and I were talking Kanban. The age-old debate surrounding the definitions of lead time and cycle time came up, and we all rolled our eyes a bit. The Lean community has rehashed this topic a million times already, but it seems we still can’t seem to reach a consensus. The topic can be confusing to those new to Kanban, and unfailingly frustrates experienced practitioners. In this post, I’ll explain why these definitions are commonly debated. I’ll also explain how a simple definition can help you make the most of these Lean metrics.

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Kanban Calculations: How to Calculate Cycle Time

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In my last post, I talked about the basic metrics of flow (cycle time, throughput, and WIP) and shared what data you’d need to collect to get started. Now that you have the data — how do you turn it into meaningful flow metrics? You’ll just need to learn a few simple Kanban calculations. In this post, I’ll share how to calculate cycle time using start and finish times of work items.

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Daily Kanban Standup: Is Your Team Ready for the Next Evolution?

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As an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and coach, I work with teams every day who are evolving their understanding of Kanban as well as the level of maturity at which their teams practice it. One of the most frequent questions I hear from the teams with whom I work is:

Do daily standups really need to happen every day?

It’s important to take into account the first principle of Kanban, Start with what you do now, when considering such a question. I decided that this would be an excellent topic for my second webinar with LeanKit. In case you missed it, you can watch the recording below. Keep reading to learn more about how teams find themselves conducting unproductive daily Kanban standups, day after day — and how to determine if your team is ready to graduate to less frequent standups.

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How LeanKit IT Operations Uses LeanKit

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My name is Chris Lee, and I am an IT Operations Engineer at LeanKit. I spend my time here automating deployments of infrastructure and researching new cloud-based technology.

In IT Operations, things change — a lot. What was your priority last week is now on the backburner because of this new, shiny priority that needs to be done yesterday. This typically creates an environment of “continuous confusion”, in which we are constantly shifting our priorities to meet the most urgent needs of the business.

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Kanban Essentials for IT Ops


Is your team under constant pressure to meet delivery dates and increase efficiency? Watch this webinar to find out how Kanban can help you get a handle on your volume of work by unhiding it and improving your flow.

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