Your Guide to Agile Methodologies

Agile Methodologies

Agile, Scrum, FDD, Lean, and Kanban There are many methodologies that are considered to be Agile, and several that are similar enough that they’re worth mentioning as part of a larger conversation about workflow and resource management. Within one organization, there can be teams practicing Scrum, Lean, Kanban, and others—how do you know which of these Agile methodologies is right for…

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Spotlight on Women in Lean: Julia Wester

In March, SolutionsIQ included us in their article, “Getting to Equal in an Agile Workplace,” as one of the tools that can help teams achieve transparency while tracking the progress of their work. Throughout the article, author Hanna Gnann offered a fresh take on how companies can strive to achieve equality for women in the workplace using an agile mindset. At…

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5 Lean Blogs to Help You Improve Efficiency

A key part of continuous improvement (one of the pillars of Lean) is continuous education - keeping your brain actively engaged with Lean ideas. Reading Lean blogs can keep Lean principles and practices top of mind as you make decisions in work and in life. It can help you remember to use a testing mindset with both your marketing campaigns…

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5 Benefits of Lean for Marketers

Being a effective marketer today requires creativity, strategic thinking, and most importantly - focus. With thousands of channels and mediums available to market to prospects and customers, and hundreds of marketing tools to choose from when creating our tech stacks, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. All too often, as marketers we focus our efforts on the…

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Train Your Brain to Single-Task with Kanban

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…

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Regain Focus with Kanban

How often do you find yourself at work flipping between tabs, unable to complete a thought before moving onto something else? You go from answering an email to checking a Facebook notification to reading some LinkedIn article, and then - what was I doing? Oh yeah, answering that email. It’s the digital equivalent of walking into a room and forgetting why…

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Why Great Customer Service in a Lean Company Matters

The ultimate goal of Lean management is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. Traditionally focused on manufacturing and software development, customer value comes in the form of speed, price, and product quality. But what about the value of customer service? We’ve found that practicing Lean principles can help you become a more efficient customer-focused company with a competitive advantage. The…

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