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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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...