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  • Getting Rid of Wastes and Impediments in Software Development Using Data Science

    This article presents how to use data science to detect wastes and impediments, and concepts and related information that help teams to figure out the root cause of impediments they struggle to get rid of. The knowledge discovered during research includes an expanded waste classification, and the use of trends to uncover undesired situations like hidden delayed backlog items and defects trends.

  • Speed, Efficiency, and Value: Using Empiricism to Achieve Business Agility

    Customers seek solutions that improve their outcomes, and organizations don’t know what will achieve this until they deliver something to them, measure the results, and adapt accordingly. Doing so repeatedly, frequently, and with the smallest investment to achieve the greatest amount of feedback, is the essence of organizational agility. This is key to success in today's complex world.

  • How to Decide in Self-Managed Projects - a Lean Approach to Governance

    Whether self-managed or self-governed as a project, the power still needs to be distributed internally. If the project is open to decide how things are done, how do we decide? A solid but flexible set of tools and practices like sociocracy is a great starting point for projects to have clear but lean processes that can grow as we grow.

  • Applying Lean Tools and Techniques to Scrum

    This article focuses on some of the challenges that Scrum is facing and how Lean can be a complementary approach. Lean is often misunderstood as a heavyweight process when in fact it is a philosophy, one that is grounded in continuous improvement. The topic of waste, a central theme that Lean helps focus on, shows us that Scrum can be improved upon.

  • The Toyota Way: Learn to Improve Continuously

    The book The Toyota Way, 2nd Edition by Jeffrey Liker provides a view of the Toyota Production System with fourteen management principles for continuous improvement and developing people. The book, including the 4P model (Philosophy, Processes, People, Problem solving) and principles, has been updated to reflect new insights in systems thinking.

  • Training from the Back of the Room and Systems Thinking in Kanban Workshops: Q&A with Justyna Pindel

    In the book Kanban Compass, Justyna Pindel shares her experiences from applying training from the back of the room and systems thinking in her Kanban workshops. She adapted her training approach by connecting with attendees and providing them suitable exercises to maximize learning opportunities.

  • Q&A on the Book Leading Lean

    Leading Lean by Jean Dahl describes a journey that leaders can embark on to respond to disruptive change. It leads them through the six dimensions of leading self, others, the customer, and the enterprise, by creating an innovative culture that delivers value. It provides not just the theory behind Modern Lean, but also practical methods, tools, strategies, and case studies.

  • Working Together in the Same Direction with Obeya

    Obeya1 is a proven approach that facilitates teamwork and the alignment of activities around seven panels to deliver IT or manufacturing products. It accelerates the regular resolution of good problems by breaking down barriers between teams and it also benefits from the support of the management. The purpose of this article describes the first Obeya panel: vision

  • Q&A on the Book Learning to Scale

    The book Learning to Scale by Régis Medina explores how to apply lean as an education system to scale companies and help people think about their work and learn together to create value. It provides an enterprise model built on how people learn and grow based on the idea that when people understand what they do and why they do it, they become better in what they do and the company moves faster.

  • What’s Next in DevOps?

    The DevOps movement continues to grow and gain influence in the IT world and the business world at large. As the organisations become increasingly digital, the agility of our IT systems becomes critical to the life and health of the companies.

  • Q&A on the Book Compass for Agility

    The book Compass for Agility by Leila Rao describes an approach to create change in complex organizations and realize business agility. The compass consists of five phases: Ideation, identification, intake, in action, and introspection. Iterating with this five-step approach can develop internal capability for adaptability and reinvention.

  • A Transformation Journey for a Distributed Development Organization

    Agile transformations are never easy, but are even more challenging than usual when it comes to geographically distributed teams. This article highlights experiences from Konica Minolta’s Workplace Hub program and shares the methods that helped them on their journey. It's about the organization, processes, but most importantly, about the people and the mindset.

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