Tag: Lean

Product Management

“Agile” is More Than a Buzzword: Continuous Improvement

There’s more to being Agile than just blindly following the rules and processes of any specific methodology.  One of the core components of effective Agile practice is internalizing the concept of continuous improvement.  As I’ve touched on in other articles, Agile is a direct descendant of the concepts originating in the lean manufacturing movements of […]

Product Management

Running Too Lean Can be More Harmful than Helpful

Most companies out there put a huge push on efficiency and running “lean” — doing the most possible with the least amount of overhead.  And in most cases, that’s a very noble goal — after all, overhead in the form of people and positions is generally the highest cost that companies face. Reducing the number […]

Product Management

What is the Value of Agility?

One of the many challenges that Product Managers face in trying to move organizations toward a more agile approach to product development is that some stakeholders simply don’t see the value in the shift.  They believe that, since their way has worked for them for so long that there’s no need to change — after […]

Product Management

What Does an Agile Culture Look Like?

A common question posed to Product Managers in organizations interested in or transitioning into Agile is, “How do we know that we’re Agile?”  Because agility is a cultural value, there’s no pre-determined checklist of things that one can step through and certify your company as 100% Organic Agile.  There are, however, indicators that we look at to […]

Product Management

Which is better – Kanban or Scrum?

A very common topic of discussion amongst Product Managers in general, and Agile practitioners in particular, involves the comparison of different forms of process and project management.  By far the most prominent and popular of these are Kanban and Scrum.  And, much to my own personal dismay, often these discussions wind up devolving into some […]

Agile Development

The Three Forms of Waste – Muda, Mura, and Muri

With Agile development and Lean practices so popular nowadays, sometimes the history behind these practices and philosophies is overlooked or skipped over entirely.  Unfortunately, when people miss the underpinnings upon which these concepts are based, they also tend to distort and remake those principles into something that only barely resembles the original concepts behind them. […]

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