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7 Ways to Manage Date-Driven Work in LeanKit

When an important initiative has multiple deadlines and lots of moving parts, it’s important that everyone has a clear understanding of what needs to get done, and when. Whether you’re planning work for a new product release, a system upgrade, compliance requirement, or marketing event, you need everyone to be aware of important start and...

What’s New: Analyze Your Data, Your Way with New Options for Advanced Reporting

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve expanded our Advanced Reporting capabilities so that you can easily analyze your LeanKit data in your business intelligence system of choice. Discover new ways to access and visualize your Kanban board data with our new reporting API, which allows you to create the custom reports and dashboards you need...

Using Lean Thinking to Develop a Testing Mindset

What is Lean Thinking? “Lean thinking defines value as providing benefit to the customer; anything else is waste.” — Eric Ries Testing, like Lean thinking is a mindset. Both are required to achieve a practice of continuous improvement. Consider how you “provide benefit to the customer”. The last work decision you made: was it to prioritize one...

What’s New: Make IT Service Management Visible with New Kanban Board Templates

When multiple teams, various tools, and stakeholders from across the business are involved, IT Service Management (ITSM) processes can be complicated and challenging to manage — but Kanban can help. We’ve created new board templates, based on ITIL guidelines, to quickly get started on managing and implementing your ITSM processes. These new Kanban board templates...

Why You Need a Community of Practice

Note from the editor: In the original version of this post, we used the term Center of Excellence to describe a group of people who committed to learning and teaching Lean and Kanban methods within their teams. After several engaging discussions with internal and external thought leaders, we agreed that the term Community of Practice...

What’s New: Greater Flexibility with Custom Fields

With the launch of Custom Fields, you can now capture additional information in your Kanban cards that’s unique to your organization or team. This gives you greater flexibility to tailor LeanKit to meet the needs of your business as your Lean initiative grows. Whether you’re in IT operations, software development, project management, marketing or HR, there’s...

Better Visibility Into Your Connected Work Items

We’re excited to bring to you a new view of connected cards, saving you time spent jumping between boards and allowing you to move quickly on items that need immediate attention. You can now see all work items connected to a parent card in a single view, giving you critical information, such as due dates...

Top 5 Kanban Books to Add to Your Reading List

Whether you just built your first Kanban board or you’re a Kanban expert, it’s always smart to deepen or refresh your Kanban knowledge by reading the work of leading influencers. For beginners, learning about Kanban principles and practices from the experiences of others can offer context, guidance, and inspiration to maintain a consistent, informed practice....

Kanban Flow: 5 Ways to Deliver Value Faster

“Don’t ‘over control’ like a novice pilot. Stay loose enough from the flow that you can observe it, modify, and improve it.” — Donald Rumsfeld Kanban enables teams to achieve a continuous flow of work, and is focused on optimizing an organization’s ability to deliver value to its customer. Achieving steady Kanban flow within your system...

JIRA and Kanban vs. LeanKit

JIRA, Kanban Boards, and LeanKit Kanban is used across many types of organizations to visualize work, limit work in progress, focus on flow and create an environment of continuous delivery. If you’ve ever used or considered using a Kanban tool, you’ve probably encountered Kanban in JIRA. While JIRA technically provides Kanban functionality, it doesn’t support...