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Lean Accounting: Does IT Need a Time Out on Time Tracking?

Work Management for Teams

Lean Accounting: Does IT Need a Time Out on Time Tracking?

Different companies have different cultures, but timesheets are almost universally abhorred by the work force — and yet they continue to stick around. Why? Because timesheets are acutely intertwined with traditional IT budgeting processes.…
Time Theft: How Hidden and Unplanned Work Commit the Perfect Crime

Work Management for Teams

Time Theft: How Hidden and Unplanned Work Commit the Perfect Crime

How many times have you finished a long day at work, exhausted, yet unable to cross anything off your list of high-priority to-dos? You feel robbed. Where did all your time go? Unfortunately, you feel this way more days than not. What’s going…
The Myth of Multitasking: Why IT Operations Needs WIP Limits

Work Management for Teams

The Myth of Multitasking: Why IT Operations Needs WIP Limits

It may sound hard to believe, but multitasking is an effective way to get less done. Juggling multiple tasks at once interrupts your focus, which can cause you to spend more time on each task than if you had completed them one at a time. While research…
From Divided to United — Aligning Technical and Business Teams

Work Management for Teams

From Divided to United — Aligning Technical and Business Teams

Are your technical and business teams at odds with each other? They don’t have to be. Alignment is defined as “a position of agreement or alliance”.  Aligning technical and business teams is a matter of gaining clarity and consensus around…
The Misaligned Middle: Getting IT Managers On Board with Change

Work Management for Teams

The Misaligned Middle: Getting IT Managers On Board with Change

People are talking about the misaligned middle. How can it be that executives understand the value of emerging practices in IT Operations, such as Lean and DevOps, and individual contributors in the trenches get it, but the middle managers…
Using Guardrails to Guide Decision Making

Lean & Agile Delivery

Using Guardrails to Guide Decision Making

Guardrails are designed to keep people from unintentionally straying into dangerous territory. They are usually placed in the trickiest areas, where it is easy to take a wrong turn. Just as guardrails along the roadway keep drivers safer,…
Lead Time Metrics: Why Weekends Matter

Work Management for Teams

Lead Time Metrics: Why Weekends Matter

At the Agile2015 conference last August, I overheard a tool vendor demonstrating metrics reports to an interested visitor. Wanting to learn more, I lingered by the booth. The visitor expressed interest in lead time metrics and asked if…
3 Reasons IT Ops Uses Lean Flow (Kanban for DevOps part 3 of 3)

Work Management for Teams

3 Reasons IT Ops Uses Lean Flow (Kanban for DevOps part 3 of 3)

In this three-part series on Kanban for DevOps, Dominica DeGrandis, Director of Training and Coaching at LeanKit, explains three key reasons why IT Ops teams and those implementing a DevOps value chain use a lean flow approach to product…
Managing Conflicting Priorities

Work Management for Teams

Managing Conflicting Priorities

  Operations teams cite constant context switching as one of their top frustrations. In this webinar, I’ll discuss how to manage conflicting priorities using a Lean flow approach. About This Webinar Learn how bringing visibility…
3 Reasons IT Ops Uses Lean Flow (Kanban for DevOps part 2 of 3)

Work Management for Teams

3 Reasons IT Ops Uses Lean Flow (Kanban for DevOps part 2 of 3)

In this three-part series on Kanban for DevOps, Dominica DeGrandis, Director of Training and Coaching at LeanKit, explains three key reasons why IT Ops teams and those implementing a DevOps value chain use a lean flow approach to product…