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Questions tagged [lean]

Lean is a systematic method for the elimination of waste ("Muda") within a manufacturing system.

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What should a lean/agile curriculum contain?

I am helping my team transition to lean and agile, and before a new person joined last month, no one had any experience whatsoever with this approach. Team members have between 1-10 years of ...
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How do you use kanban in an environment that requires a ton of waiting?

I work in government and our department has a communication problem. I'm trying to use a kanban board to solve this. I went ahead and started using a kanban board for just myself so I could figure out ...
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In a data-driven startup, what should we *not* A/B test?

We are shifting our startup to a data-driven culture, and prioritising what to start testing [UPDATE: i.e. what goes in the product plan]. We have a reasonable number of users, and a working product, ...
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What type of estimation is applicable if work items can't be similarly sized because they will violate MMF

As per Kanban, estimations are considered as waste but from the business perspective we need estimation and there is no way to keep features similarly sized. S, M, L sizing does not work as well ...
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How do you reduce card size and limit scope creep in R&D tasks?

Several of my team members do Research&Development work, which by nature involves a lot of exploration and uncertainty, and requirements are not always clear since we don't know what is out there. ...
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What have you found is the most effective way of training a Scrum Master?

I need to train someone to become a scrum master. I have read so many books and articles over the years and everything is really available online. Thus far I have been having regular knowledge ...
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If you already release continuously, what are the benefits of a Scrum Sprint of constant length?

Sprint: an arbitrary length of time over which you implement and release software features. From what I've read here and other places, it seems that the benefits of a Scrum sprint are that at the end ...
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What's the difference between Kanban vs Lean Kanban?

I noticed that Lean Kanban term appears quite frequently. I've tried to figure out what's the difference between Lean Kanban and Classic, but no success. Maybe someone dealt with both and could ...
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How to use Kanban for consulting work, take 2

My question is kind of a follow-up on this one. I've started using the Personal Kanban method at work: I'm using Trello, with 2 boards (Options and Tasks). I chose to keep the Options (Backlog) board ...
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Rapid and efficient product development processes

I work for an agency that has a number of customers that fall into the same trap. They have a concept for a piece of software, we do some analysis, sign-off on initial scope/backlog and a reasonable ...
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Should project management software be comprised of the technologies the developers use?

As owner of and project manager for a medium (~20 devs) Rails shop, I find myself constantly sifting through a dozen tabs trying to gauge any given project's current status. My team embraces ...
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Mapping value stream for a feature suggestion to working software process

I'm trying to get a gist of Value Stream Mapping and how to apply it to a suggestion to working software process that we have. Since we are developing products, and don't do client work, there's no ...
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How to find the right size for user stories for a dev team

One of my teams is struggling with user story sizing. A couple of weeks ago the stories seemed to be too big i.e. they were dragging along / staying on the board for weeks. The PO has started to ...
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Any ideas for mixing a kanban with taskboards

I am the PM of a small team of 6 programmers, recently we are trying to go more agile by including in our workflow some principles or techniques of XP, scrum, scrumban and lean. A very important ...
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Fast start guide for ScrumMaster

I have been hired as a new ScrumMaster for two existing teams I would like a fast start guide to use as a plan of attack for how I should start. I am literally going to be dropped into the teams ...
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Use lean project management in a multi-project/support environment

I currently work in a small development team that works for multiple clients simultaneously. Some of the work is developing new software for these clients and some of the work is supporting the ...
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Lean software development VS Lean Startup. Is it the same? Differences?

Those concepts are usually mixed everywhere. It seems both are based on Lean, but that's all. The core of the Lean Startup aproach seems to be to develop the MVP (minimum viable product). Whereas the ...
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Encouraging lean practices in a agile/scrum team

We were practicing agile scrum for several years. So far so good :). What we feel is now that the team is more focused on completing individual tasks instead of thinking about the whole purpose of ...
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Difference between Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and Minimum Marketable Feature (MMF)

Are MVP and MMF related and how are they different?
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What is the standard for evaluating team maturity?

There are ever so many references to the team's 'maturity' in the Agile/Lean related books and articles/blogs. Using my common sense I think I can get the idea. I can see how my team has evolved over ...
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How can I draw a Spaghetti Diagram of an industrial space with lots of different rooms?

Using Lean methodologies, I have to optimize both product and people flow in an old printing house. The building has 3 floors with two elevators on one side. This printing house uses a "Soviet-...
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Can Lean Six Sigma be implemented in a Service-Oriented Company?

In the past I've studied about implementing Lean Six Sigma methodologies, but the literature and the use cases were related to product-oriented environment. Can Lean Six Sigma methodologies be ...
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How best to 'leanify' test case documentation?

I'm currently reviewing some test case artifacts for various project teams as standardized by our organization. However, I'm a bit appalled to find that a lot of content is being captured in documents ...
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How is value defined for Lean?

For Lean practice, what techniques are used for defining customer value and how is the information recorded and presented?
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What first, UX/UI or Scrum Backlog to create a MVP?

I am really interested in expert opinions about my approach on UX/UI design and Agile software development. I hope someone with expertise on this field could help me with my doubts. From my ...
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Is Agile Lean? Or are Agile and Lean totally separate philosophies?

Can I say Agile is "not" Lean and both Agile and Lean are totally different concepts or philosophies? If I take lean principles: "Self Organization" "Kaizen or Cont. Improvement" "Quality Assurance"...
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Any information on traditional company structures and variations?

Now that I'm working at higher levels within companies, I come across different groups and people with high-level responsibilities - bodies responsible for funding decisions, governance, CEOs, CIOs, ...
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How much does Lean Software Development really has to do with the original concept of lean manufacturing?

We are seeing more emphasis on the concept of Lean Software Development, especially by the Agile community. It's definitely exciting to imagine that the software industry can be as productive, ...
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The History of Project Management [closed]

There are many styles of Project Management, and many Project Management philosophies to choose from. Some emphasise a plan-based approach, some try to tackle emerging objectives in a dynamic or ...
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What would I need to do to transition from a team coach / organizational change agent to a PM?

A lot of the skills I've picked up as a Lean / Agile coach seem to be relevant to project management, and I've started getting offers of PM work from agencies. Since I coach PMs, I feel like I ought ...