Agile Programming and Portfolio Management

On the surface, agile programming and portfolio management are not that similar. Look deeper, and there are some interesting parallels. I learned about Extreme Programming and the Agile Manifesto seven or eight years ago when I had the pleasure of reading Kent Beck’s book, Extreme Programming Explained, and by happy serendipity, was able to work...

Why engage Projectplace Ideas?

You are using a project management software that you like and find useful. But you find that you also use other tools or that you would like to work in a slightly different way or that you have different demands from the stakeholders. You feel certain that a lot of people must have the same need...

10 Kanban Board Examples – LeanKit Style

Earlier today, Mattias Skarin (co-author of the highly-recommended Kanban and Scrum: Making the Most of Both) posted examples on his blog of “10 different kanban boards as used in operations, development, sales and marketing.” We here at LeanKit we pride ourselves on being the most versatile, flexible and powerful tool available for online Kanban, so we wanted to...

Tagging a Kanban Card

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we deployed a new feature – Tagging. Now you can “tag” a kanban card with any value you wish, or as many as you wish. You can filter the board by tags, including searching for cards that don’t have a given tag (e.g., search for Release 1.2, !deployed). You can filter the analytics and...

External Card ID and Enhanced CFD

Over the weekend we added a couple of new features to LeanKit’s online kanban system, based on requests from our customers. Cumulative Flow Diagram Enhancements We’ve added a couple of nice new features to the Cumulative Flow Diagram. Now you can filter the CFD by Card Type or Class of Service, by clicking on the tabs at...

Survey Results Are In: How Do You Compare?

For those of you following this space, you know that a few months ago I asked for your participation in a survey that benchmarks today’s product portfolio management opportunities and challenges. To those who joined in: a big thank you! We had an overwhelming response with nearly 1000 participants this year. I’m pleased to say...

Breaking Down Brand-Driven Innovation Into Next Steps

If you caught the Innovate or Die Webcast earlier this month, you heard from Chris Andrews, Senior Analyst of Forrester Research that approximately 80% of senior-level executives say that innovation is a priority for their company and that this priority has been on the increase post-recession. And while it’s all fine and dandy to say...

Resolving the Time Tracking Dilemma: 8 Tips for Success

When it comes to implementing time tracking for Resource Management, many companies disagree on the granularity at which they should capture time. Some feel that summary or phase-level tracking is adequate, while others want to track activity at the task level. Here are a few tips that can help resolve this common dilemma: Manage outcomes,...

Move Over P&G and J&J: Now There’s Something a Little More “Quirky” in the Mix

Consumer Goods Growth and Innovation Forum Review — Part 1 of 3 The 2010 Consumer Goods Growth and Innovation Forum just concluded in South Beach on Friday with a big bang… including a spontaneous and refreshing F-bomb from an amazing new innovator. But, more on him in a moment. This year’s conference, produced by CGT,...

Passion and the “Ideal” Product Manager

What makes the ideal product manager? This is a very timely subject for our team, having just gone through an exhaustive — and ultimately successful — search for a new product manager to join the fold, one that forced us to ask ourselves a lot of questions: How important is domain experience vs. product management...