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Liz Llewellyn-Maxwell

Sr. Content Strategist

Liz is a content strategist at Planview. She worked at LeanKit prior to the company being acquired by Planview. With more than 7 years’ of Agile experience, Liz passionately believes in the transformative power that practicing Lean-Kanban principles can have on teams and organizations.

5 Online Project Management Trends for 2021

Once the global COVID-19 pandemic hit, many collocated organizations were forced to make the jump to remote work and online project management. This had a profound impact on the labor market, with project managers and teams having a greater responsibility to collaborate and keep an open line of communication.   Will companies return to their “normal” working environments once the pandemic is behind us? It’s...

What is Lean Transformation and Why is It Important?

What is Lean Transformation? Lean transformation is a term used to describe the strategic, tactical, and operational improvements that organizations undergo in order to create more value for their customers. These improvements represent a fundamental, collective shift in business mentalities away from traditional business practices toward a more value-driven, streamlined approach. There is no single...

Lean Manufacturing Concepts and How to Use Them

Lean manufacturing concepts have earned their keep in many organizations, and for good reason. They enable companies to get the most out of their resources, increase productivity, and improve profitability. Sound too good to be true? Fortunately, it’s not. In an IndustryWeek report titled “The Future of Manufacturing: 2020 and Beyond,” business ranked technology investments...

How Premera Blue Cross Uses Innovation Software to Drive Employee Engagement

When Premera Blue Cross needed a way to attract new customers and retain existing ones, they didn’t turn to a team of expert consultants or research firms. Instead, they went to the people closest to their customers – their employees. But Premera lacked the innovation software it needed to help gather those ideas and collaborate...

Getting Started: Top 5 Kanban Resources

The Kanban technique emerged in the late 1940s as Toyota’s reimagined approach to manufacturing and engineering. The system’s highly visual nature allowed teams to communicate more easily on what work needed to be done and when. It also standardized cues and refined processes, which helped to reduce waste and maximize value. The application of Kanban to knowledge...

Kanban: Redefining the Importance of Process Policies

Setting explicit process policies is the special sauce for the successful implementation of Kanban. Yet in many ways it’s also the least understood step of The Kanban Method. For many people, the term “policies” conjures up images of employee manuals and handbooks. And let’s be honest, while these types of organizational documents are necessary, they’re not...

Why LeanKit is Like Time Travel

Just as we powered up the TARDIS for Agile2013, the BBC announced the 12th Doctor in the long-running television program, “Doctor Who.” (Well played, BBC. Your timing couldn’t have been better.) For those who are unfamiliar with the Doctor Who character, here’s a sky-high overview: Doctor Who is a Time Lord who travels through time in his...