One of the most frightening phrases a project manager wants to hear is “just one more thing.” While the line may have been effective on the old detective TV show “Columbo,” by tricking the suspect into revealing something, in a group project it usually just creates...

Does your organization care more about the process or the final outcome in completing projects? Trick question! The answer, of course, should be both – but some lean-agile marketing approaches can sometimes focus more on one or the other. For instance, the Continuous Improvement process uses a...

Organizations want to measure progress toward desired outcomes. Unfortunately, it’s easy to fall into the trap of measuring the wrong things, especially when you view metrics as a static choice. While it’s important to have a constant set of metrics to evaluate over time, it’s...

The business world seems to be going bonkers for a concept called agile marketing, which blends design theory, data analysis, coaching, group dynamics and general accountability to improve communication, facilitate stronger project management and create better customer engagement. Though these sorts of internal efficiencies through dynamic...

In our Kanban training, we present the following from Alice in Wonderland: It’s Certainly not a new concept or idea. Even in the software development field, I know this has been used before. Tom Gilb used it in his 1988 book, Principles of Software Engineering Management.   Ajay...

Guest post by Yuval Yeret, Enterprise Lean/Agile Consultant and head of AgileSparks USA This article was originally published as a series of posts at Yuval Yeret on Lean/Agile, a blog post and email featuring thoughts, experiences, tools and best practices. Read more at http://YuvalYeret.com and connect with him...

Testing intends to maintain and improve the quality of software over time. One of the major shifts from traditional/waterfall software development to Agile software development is how testing is conceptualized and implemented. Some common attempts to become more agile include: Adding a dedicated tester to a...

A ceremony Scrum practitioners are familiar with is Sprint Planning. It’s an important ceremony for a Scrum team in which the team plans for the next Sprint. It typically is a 1-3 hour meeting when team members come together, understand the work needed to be...