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.

Remote Retrospectives: 11 Tips for Leading Retros Remotely

There is a lot of guidance in the world about hosting retrospectives in person, but not as much about leading remote retrospectives. As a product manager of a Lean/Agile product, I’ve participated in and led my fair share of retrospectives, both remotely and in person.   Retrospectives can be an incredibly helpful tool, giving teams an opportunity to bond, learn, and grow...

How High-Performance Teams Tell Stories to Get What they Need

Storytelling is much more than just a colorful way to convey a message. Stories activate parts of the brain in sympathy with the events of the story in question. In other words, when we get captivated by a story about a mountain climber who is hanging on for dear life, or a star athlete who...

Talking OKRs with Planview’s CPO Patrick Tickle

We’re excited to announce that Planview has built Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) capabilities into Planview LeanKit™! In this post, you’ll learn:  why we’ve added OKR capabilities into the Planview platform  why OKRs are particularly valuable for Agile organizations  how OKRs have changed in recent years   what to look for in OKR software  But first, here’s a quick introduction to OKRs,...

Choosing Enterprise Task Management Software: 10 Questions to Answer

At the heart of all work — regardless of whether the goal is to build a robot, construct a building, launch a marketing campaign, or anything else — are tasks, tasks, and yet more tasks. When tasks are organized and executed correctly, they support optimized workflows, engaged workers, and successful outcomes. On the other end...

Lean Coffee Format for Virtual Teams

What is a Lean Coffee?   The Lean Coffee format is a structured, but agenda-less, meeting designed to facilitate collaborative group discussions. “How can you have structure without an agenda?” you might ask. Allow me to explain.  Seattle-based Lean thinkers Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith are credited with the invention of Lean Coffee. They wanted to start a regular discussion...

Scrum: Everything to Cover in Your Sprint Review

Sprints are the cornerstone of the Scrum project management methodology. Sprints are the units of time in which teams determine and prioritize certain tasks from the product backlog, assign ownership to them and define the timeframe for their completion. After the sprint is completed, the next step is the Scrum sprint review, which gives the...

Service Businesses: Balancing Profit and Innovation Isn’t a Pipe Dream

As a professional service business, profit is the bottom line. With high profit margins, you can grow your business and serve new customer demands as you please. Without profit, you’re in a constant fight to stay afloat. However, you also can’t afford to have tunnel vision. Alongside profit, you must maintain high service quality, innovation,...

What is Agile Marketing (and Why Does it Matter)?

Agile as a project management methodology has become hugely popular around the world as it expands from its software development roots to be embraced by organizations across nearly every industry. It’s no surprise then that agile marketing has become a hot topic, considering the natural synergies between how marketing and agile processes work. Marketing project...

What Makes a Successful Agile People Leader?

Agile people leaders know how to build relationships, empower teams and individuals, and keep work aligned with company goals.   They understand that a supported and aligned team is one of the most powerful assets a company can have — and they will work hard to set up their teams for success. In many ways, the Agile people leader is the ultimate servant leader.  Servant...

What is Kanban Methodology and its Advantages?

Before diving into what is Kanban methodology and exploring its advantages and core characteristics, it is helpful to take a step back and focus for a moment on a related concept: Agile. According to the Agile Alliance, which is a global nonprofit member organization committed to supporting people who explore and apply Agile values, principles...