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Lean and Agile at Work: Real World Use Cases

Lean and Agile at Work: Real World Use Cases

IT and line-of-business (LOB) leaders are working together more than ever according to the 2018 State of the CIO report. One main reason, as cited by the survey respondents, is IT’s use of “more agile development techniques to accelerate project delivery.” As both groups increasingly share responsibility for initiatives such as digital transformation, their cooperation and success is bolstered by adopting new techniques such as Lean and Agile practices.

IDC group vice president and IT executive adviser Joseph Pucciarelli wrote in the same CIO.com issue that, “These increased rates of adoption of Agile development are happening in organizations that are successfully navigating the waters of digital transformation.”

Development teams are leading this charge, using Agile work methodologies to innovate and evolve at a faster rate while embracing Lean principles to support larger-scale digital transformation programs involving multiple teams. To be effective, they need tools that help them orchestrate Lean and Agile at scale to:

  • Deliver on strategy to stay ahead of the market
  • Increase revenue with faster delivery of customer value
  • Decrease operating costs with more productive, aligned teams
  • Optimize workflow across engineering teams
  • Focus their teams on the highest-priority work for the business
  • Minimize the impact of unplanned work impacting deliverables

Planview came together with LeanKit in December for its ability to help enterprise organizations fast-track all of these objectives. Combining enterprise-class Kanban with powerful workflow and value stream visualization capabilities, Planview LeanKit enables teams in software development, DevOps, and IT operations to leverage Lean principles at scale and visualize workflow to drive clarity, alignment, and focus on key objectives. In addition, manufacturing and product engineering organizations can extend Lean principles to the domains of sustaining engineering and design.

Planview LeanKit combined with Planview Enterprise One in Planview’s Lean and Agile Delivery solution, teams can apply Lean-Agile practices to continuously improve the flow of work, helping them work smarter and deliver faster. For enterprise-level initiatives, the solution combines Lean-Agile principals with portfolio management to optimize strategic delivery.

Here are three ways organizations are using the Planview Lean and Agile Delivery solution to achieve their business objectives.

Major U.S. Airline Boosts Productivity by 35%, Accelerates Project Scheduling to Reduce Cycle Time

This airline’s IT group was in the midst of an Agile transformation, with goals to improve its response to change and decrease time-to-market. In addition, they needed to optimize their scheduling system, since the company measures the cost of delay in the millions. With Planview’s Lean and Agile Delivery solution, the IT department now realizes value faster by breaking large-scale initiatives into iterative releases and programs that align to strategic initiatives. They can synchronize planning and coordinate work across teams to execute Agile at scale. Multiple, interconnected Kanban boards enable them to visualize all features, milestones, and dependencies to help teams collaborate more effectively for continuous strategic delivery.

Results:

  • 35% increase in productivity
  • A three-month acceleration of their scheduling system, decreasing cycle time

“I can’t think of a better way to speed things up than to achieve single-task focus by using LeanKit. Every other way that’s been tried seems to translate into more time working, while this approach actually gives me time back.”

Top IT and Networking Company Saves 500 Hours, Reduces Cycle Time by 25%

The IT department of this organization wanted to reduce time-to-market while increasing quality and overall customer value. Managers are able to communicate priorities more directly and keep them visible, which has helped the team focus on the right work and complete more valuable work in less time.

Results:

  • 25% cycle time reduction due to improved prioritization and collaboration
  • 500 hours in time savings per year by using enterprise Kanban boards to visualize Agile initiatives within portfolio-driven team meetings

“With LeanKit We can finish our work faster, and in the right order of priority. It has helped unify our team.”

Leading Global Aerospace Company Saves $1.5 Million, Cuts Cycle Time in Half

The Product Design and Testing group of this organization had inefficient business processes and spent too much time manually tracking information. Using Planview’s Lean and Agile Delivery solution, the engineers are now able to visualize their work, limit their work in process (WIP – work that has been started but is not yet providing value to the customer), and quickly identify bottlenecks. At-a-glance visibility into work and dependencies across engineering teams helps them deliver larger, more complex outcomes across value streams.

Results:

  • 50% reduction in cycle time
  • 74% reduction in unplanned work
  • 51% increase in productivity
  • Saved $1.5 million dollars in 2017

“We haven’t missed any deliverables or overspent on programs since adopting Kanban and LeanKit.”

These are just a few of the ways organizations have successfully addressed enterprise agility applying Lean-Agile principles to their work. By leveraging Planview’s Lean and Agile Delivery solution, teams can improve delivery processes and speed, eliminate waste, and drive strategic objectives. The solution is part of Planview’s work and resource management (WRM) vision of supporting all the ways organizations work, ensuring they can plan and scale work more effectively to deliver business value faster.

Lean and Agile Delivery Software from Planview

The Planview Lean and Agile Delivery solution enables software development, DevOps, IT operations, and product engineering teams to apply Lean-Agile practices to continuously improve the flow of work, helping them work smarter and deliver faster. Planview’s solution also ensures strategic alignment by synchronizing programs across multiple teams with portfolio-level investments, capacity forecasting, and performance against strategic plans. The combination of Planview LeanKit and Planview Enterprise One brings together strategic planning and portfolio management with a hybrid work environment, making Agile at scale a reality.

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Linda Roach
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Linda Roach brings 17 years of experience in product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing to her role as Vice President of Marketing for Planview. Upon joining the company in 2004, Linda led the launch of Planview Enterprise, repositioning the company from a single product to a highly successful multiple product line. Prior to joining Planview, Linda held management positions at Pervasive Software, VTEL Corporation, and Kodak where she led go-to-market initiatives covering new products, product line expansion, and opening new market segments. Linda holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has participated in Executive Education programs at the University of Michigan, Wharton School, and University of Texas at Austin.