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Discovery and the whole systems Kanban

The whole systems view and deliberate discovery The focus of Lean is on delivering value. The purpose is to deliver value for the business that pays for it. Value of the product is not in the delivery but in the use … Continue reading

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From Stocks to Flows (and from portfolio to end-to-end)

At LSSC12, Mike Burrows organized an evening meeting on “portfolio stuff” (sic). He is reporting about this on his blog. In his blog he wonders whether the name “portfolio management” is the right name as it carries the bagage of … Continue reading

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Lean Programme Transformation

Background For a while now I have been eager to look at the bigger picture of Lean and Kanban beyond the pure software development context. My inspiration comes mainly from the work of Alan Ward, Micheal Kennedy, John Shook and … Continue reading

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Using Cynefin to make sense of projects

Since a couple of years we have been using Cynefin to help our customers to make sense of the different domains of projects they are executing. The motivation for doing so, is that we strongly believe that the one-size-fits-all approach that dominates most … Continue reading

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Manage the project end-to-end life-cycle with Kanban

Title: Manage the project end-to-end  life-cycle with Kanban (previously was “Accelerate the project flow with Kanban”) Catalogue: Lean Adaptive Management – Addressing project management challenges with Kanban What this pattern is about: the project life-cycle – from idea to implementation; the communication bottleneck – … Continue reading

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Manage project and functional teams with Kanban

Title: Manage project and functional teams with Kanban Catalogue: Lean Adaptive Management – Addressing project management challenges with Kanban What this pattern is about: the project organization – from functional to projectized; the resource bottleneck – multi-tasking and shifting priorities; … Continue reading

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Addressing project management challenges with Kanban

The new, new thing Story: Software developers and IT people are a strange lot. Not so long ago they argued that the best way to manage (software) projects was Scrum or some other agile development approach. Some of them were … Continue reading

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Lean Adaptive Management

Some organizations work in a simple, stable business environment with simple, stable and consistent business goals. Other organizations have to deal with a complex, fast changing business environment where business goals may be contingent or even contradictory. Our current models … Continue reading

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Putting projects central

People like to discuss the pro’s and con’s of different models of project management and product/service development. Often they do so with much animo. Sometimes even with some fanatism. These discussions put models in the centre of attention. Just take … Continue reading

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Dealing with conflicting business goals

One of the 1st steps in starting a business driven improvement programme is to elicit the business goals. In the ideal(ized) world of improvement theory, standards and models, these business goals are clear, unambiguous and independent. In this idealized world … Continue reading

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