After you understand Lean’s guiding principles, review this blog post to explore the necessary steps to becoming a Lean organization.
Part 2: Final three of five Lean and Agile metrics to track with your team. The goal for any Agile team is to reach a state of continuous delivery. This requires teams to eliminate the traditional start-stop-start project initiation and development process, and the mentality that goes along with it. How do teams accomplish this? By actively controlling their batch sizes.
Part 1: Lead time and cycle time. Management expert Peter Drucker is quoted as saying, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” something most product managers or reporting nerds would agree with—especially when it comes to trying to improve the workflow of a development team. That said, not everyone is as chummy with Lean and Agile metrics as I am, which is completely understandable because I think about these things daily. The first thing to learn is that Lean and Agile metrics can be used for good (to streamline workflows, increase team efficiency, and rally a team toward a common goal)—as well as evil (to play the blame game, pit teams against each other, etc.).
Standing meetings get a bad rap—although launched with the intention of keeping a certain topic, goal, or initiative top of mind, they often devolve into disruptive wastes of time that keep teams from doing real work. We all have recurring meetings on our calendars that elicit behind-the-screen eyerolls. However, when facilitated properly and organized around a shared goal, standing meetings…
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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.