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Enterprise Agile Planning

Enterprise Agile Planning solution provides a scalable enterprise-level Lean Portfolio Management, Agile Program Management and Agile delivery platform that supports organizations from strategy to delivery, no matter where they are on their transformation journey. Plan and fund both Lean-Agile and traditional portfolios in a single platform for strategically aligned, outcome driven plans. Enterprise Agile Planning solution empowers organizations to deliver the value that matters most while transforming on their terms and timeline.

Enterprise Agile Planning

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...

Enterprise Agile Planning

10 Benefits of Lean

Enjoy this excerpt from the Lean Business Report. Download the full report here. The data makes it clear that for most teams, in most organizations — Lean works. 92% of teams surveyed reported moderate to significant improvements in project success after implementing Lean. Of course, the benefits of Lean extend far beyond project success. We asked our survey participants...

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6 Benefits of Kanban for Project Management

To the uninitiated, Kanban might sound more like an appetizer you’d order at a sushi restaurant than a method of project management. Kanban may not be edible, but it is a Japanese export. It was created by a Japanese engineer at Toyota in the 1940s as a way to organize work and address inefficiencies in the company’s...

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Top 5 Lean Books to Add to Your Reading List

Practicing Lean depends upon fostering a student mentality — recognizing what you don’t know, and approaching the unknown with a curious, humble mind. Whether you’re new to Lean or a seasoned expert, reading about the experiences and practices of others is an excellent way to practice a key Lean concept: continuous improvement. At LeanKit, when people...

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Respect for People: Lean’s Neglected Pillar

Respect for People is one of the pillars of Lean and of our culture at LeanKit. We’re very proud of the respectful culture we’ve built together. It’s something that visitors and newcomers comment on when they talk about our company. But, as I had to confess at a recent company meeting, we haven’t worked as diligently on...

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The Lead Time and Cycle Time Debate: When Does the Clock Start?

Recently, a group of my LeanKit coworkers and I were talking Kanban. The age-old debate surrounding the definitions of lead time and cycle time came up, and we all rolled our eyes a bit. The Lean community has rehashed this topic a million times already, but it seems we still can’t seem to reach a...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....