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Enterprise Agile Planning

Planview’s Enterprise Agile Planning solution provides organizations with a way to plan, coordinate, and manage how they deliver the highest priority initiatives across the enterprise. Apply Lean-Agile principles to pivot planning, funding, and capacity to the best business opportunities. Visualize value as it flows from the portfolio down to the delivery of work across the teams. Track investments against outcomes to make sure your organization is on track and delivering the value your customers demand.

Enterprise Agile Planning

Kanban Calculations: How to Calculate Cycle Time

In my last post, I talked about the basic metrics of flow (cycle time, throughput, and WIP) and shared what data you’d need to collect to get started. Now that you have the data — how do you turn it into meaningful flow metrics? You’ll just need to learn a few simple Kanban calculations. In this...

Enterprise Agile Planning

Stop the Line: How Lean Principles Safeguard Quality

At LeanKit, we have a very thorough process for quality assurance, but sometimes, issues with unforeseen or uncontrollable circumstances (such as DNS providers, hosting services, etc.) can result in a critical issue affecting our software, which can have a significant impact on our users. This is why we choose to stop the line when critical issues...

Enterprise Agile Planning

Understanding the Relationship Between Lean, Agile, and DevOps

With the ever-increasing business demand for IT services, IT organizations need a sustainable way to scale their service capacity. They need to manage the increasing demand, while developing efficient, sustainable processes to safely scale. To do this, many IT organizations have turned to leading workflow models and concepts, namely: Lean, Agile, and DevOps. These methodologies...

Enterprise Agile Planning

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....

Enterprise Agile Planning

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, decision–making guardrails can protect businesses from taking unnecessary risks. Our concept of guardrails for knowledge work was born...

Enterprise Agile Planning

What is Card Size and Why Does it Matter?

Many teams find it useful to identify and track the size — or amount of work — associated with each work item. LeanKit lets you easily assign a size value to each card,  manage your WIP based on card size, and run reports using size as a variable. In LeanKit, size is an optional field that you...

Enterprise Agile Planning

How to Use Connections

In LeanKit, connections help you track and manage the execution of company initiatives by providing the right level of visibility to the right people. This allows you to visualize your plans at a high level and dig deeper into the implementation details as needed. Learn how to set up and use connections at the portfolio,...

Enterprise Agile Planning

What is Flow and Why it Matters

Flow means to “move along in a steady, continuous stream.” In knowledge work, the ability to visualize and manage your flow is essential to achieving faster and more consistent delivery. It allows you to understand your capacity, easily identify problems and improve that flow. In a system designed to manage the flow of tangible deliverables,...

Enterprise Agile Planning

Using Kanban in the Classroom

Introduction by LeanKit COO Jon Terry Many of you may know our next guest blogger, Patty Beidleman, from Twitter, where she’s well known in the Lean/Kanban community as @topsurf. She’s been a friend and inspiration for us at LeanKit since the early, early days of the company. We’ve been impressed by her passion for improving education through...

Enterprise Agile Planning

Make Process Policies Explicit

In his book, Kanban – Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business, David Anderson identified five core properties that have been observed to be present in each successful implementation of the Kanban Method. Visualize the Workflow Limit WIP (work in process) Manage Flow Make Process Policies Explicit Improve Collaboratively (using Models and the Scientific Method) The fourth...