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Does Your Kanban Board Need a Refresh?

Spring is a time of renewal; a time to clear out the old to make space for new opportunities. If you’re using a Kanban board to manage your team’s work, you probably do some regular maintenance to keep your Kanban board up-to-date. However, just like with the closets in your home, from time to time,...

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How to Get Started with Agile HR – Part III

If you read the first two posts in this series, you know why many HR departments are looking to become more Agile, and the benefits they’re experiencing after doing so. To review, Agile HR is simply the application of Agile methodology in the HR department. In practice, it usually means more collaboration, less linear planning,...

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Why You Should Have an Agile HR – Part II

An article published by Harvard Business Review in 2017 said, “If software has eaten the world, Agile has eaten the software world.” This is even truer today than just a few years ago when it was written—at that point, a Google search for “Agile software development” generated nearly 14 million results. As of the writing of this...

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HR Goes Agile: Bringing People Operations into the 21st Century with Lean-Agile Values and Principles.

As enterprises are becoming increasingly Agile, the role of HR in Lean-Agile organizations is being challenged to expand beyond process-oriented HR management, and into truly Lean-Agile people operations. In this series of posts, we’ll be discussing why HR goes Agile, and what happens when HR goes Agile—and how high-performing organizations should approach HR’s transition into...

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Getting Started with Continuous Improvement, Part 3: Continuously Improving

In the first two posts of this series, we discussed how to get started with continuous improvement: First, how to prepare to practice continuous improvement, by setting up a Kanban board that enables you to track and measure your team’s work. Then, we shared how to gather, prioritize, implement, and measure the impact of your...

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Getting Started with Continuous Improvement, Part 2: Implementing and Measuring

In the first post in this series on continuous improvement, we discussed planning to improve, including how to set up your Kanban board to collect meaningful continuous improvement metrics. Continuing our use of the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Adjust) framework, this post will cover the next two steps in the cycle of continuous improvement: Do and Check! DO: IDENTIFY...

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Getting Started with Continuous Improvement, Part 1: Planning to Improve

Whether you’re still finding your way around your Kanban board or you’ve been practicing Kanban for a while, you’ve likely stumbled upon the phrase ‘continuous improvement.’ At first glance, the meaning of this phrase seems self-evident: It’s just about aiming to always improve, right? Yes—it’s true that the goal of continuous improvement is to help...

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Business Agility Definition

WHY AGILITY? Just a few decades ago, businesses were built to last. The successful companies were the stable companies—those that consistently, dependably offered a product or service desired by the masses. The goal for those running these businesses was to eliminate uncertainty, complexity, and variability where possible. Lengthy, tedious planning cycles and bureaucratic processes are hallmarks...

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The Psychology of Lean Methods

Organizational culture is defined as the underlying beliefs, assumptions, values and ways of interacting that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization. When implemented holistically and sustainably, Lean methods have been shown to promote a healthy organizational culture. This isn’t a coincidence: Rooted in behavioral psychology, Lean methods emphasize respect for others, effective...

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How to Switch from Physical to Online Kanban Boards

There are many reasons why your team might currently be using a physical Kanban board rather than an online Kanban board. For one, using a physical Kanban board is a great way to learn the fundamentals of Kanban. It can get your team to commit to the idea of sharing work on a shared board,...