Lean-Agile PMO: From Process Police to Adaptive Governance

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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.

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Leading with Respect

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Are you accidentally creating a culture that makes it difficult for your employees to thrive? If so, it may be stunting the success of your Lean-Agile-DevOps initiative. Leading with respect is the key to the success of any transformation, yet it’s often one of the more difficult practices to implement across the organization. Keep reading to learn how to create a culture of transparency, trust, and teamwork in your organization.

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Kanban: The Key to Unlocking SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework)

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The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)® provides enterprises with a proven framework for applying Lean-Agile practices at scale.

The wider inclusion of Kanban in SAFe 4.0® enables organizations to improve business flow at every level of the business.

LeanKit is uniquely suited to help you coordinate efforts and accelerate delivery across large, complex value streams. Get the most out of the Scaled Agile Framework® by implementing Kanban at all levels with LeanKit.

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Going Beyond WIP Limits for Ever-Higher Organizational Performance

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You’ve probably heard the big news: multitasking is a myth. And yet, virtually everyone is guilty of switching between several projects at once — all while responding to emails, drive-by conversations, phone calls, and more. When pressed to deliver faster, we often overwhelm ourselves by attempting to take on more tasks, inadvertently diluting our focus and slowing ourselves down — a lot.

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How to Sell Kanban to Your Boss

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You’ve done your research; you know how visualizing your work with Kanban could help your team work smarter, communicate better, and produce higher quality work.

But your boss isn’t sold. Unless you can explain why limiting work in process and implementing a pull system is going to boost revenue, they’re not interested.

They aren’t convinced that the juice is worth the squeeze.

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Understanding the Relationship Between Lean, Agile, and DevOps

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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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