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A Handful of Lean Tools Every Manager Should Know About
While lean management philosophy maintains a specific number of tenets, there’s always a new must-have tool being released that touts the benefits of making lean more manageable. But as a lean leader, it’s tough to keep up with all the advancements, new software and latest buzz around this management methodology. Where does a busy manager […]
Kanban Versus Scrum: What’s the Difference?
When it comes to project management methods, there’s no end to the tools available. Based on your organization and the needs of your team and project, there’s a wealth of options to choose from. Which leads us to a common question asked, particularly in the software development realm. Which is more effective: kanban or scrum? […]
Using Lean Principles to Directly Improve Your Profits
Boosting profitability is an ingoing battle for every company. They tackle innumerable obstacles daily in order to create a leaner, meaner revenue-creating machine. Really, this is the end-goal for almost every organization: creating streamlined, efficient processes in order to boost their bottom line. It’s always a struggle to incrementally become more competitive, but adopting the […]
Top Tips For First-Time Managers
Congratulations — you’ve successfully climbed the ladder and are now a manager. Now what? This is a scary and exciting time in your career. You have more power than ever to effect change in your organization, but you certainly don’t want to blow this fantastic opportunity you’ve earned. So, what’s the best way to survive […]
What’s the Difference Between Kanban and Agile?
At this point, you’re likely familiar with the basics of kanban and lean management, its dictating philosophy. But there are plenty of other work management ideologies out there, including one called agile and its corresponding tool called scrum. So what are the differences and similarities between kanban and Agile, if any? A Bit About Kanban […]
How To Deal with a Micromanager
As a worker and a manager, one of the most frustrating positions to be in us to have someone constantly hovering over your shoulder. They may nitpick your methodology or assignments, delivering criticism that isn’t always constructive (or solicited). Is there someone on your team, whether it’s a colleague or your supervisor, who fits this […]
What is ‘Managing Up’ and How to Do it Effectively
Over the course of your career, you made have heard the term “managing up.” Based on what you’ve heard, you may feel that this is almost a form of sucking up to your manager or attempting to manipulate them to play favourites. However, when executed correctly, managing up is a legitimate tool to furthering your […]
What Does Kanban Mean?
No matter what industry you’re in, you’re likely surrounded by text and copy. From emails to briefs to instruction manuals, we’re all surrounded by endless words dictating how to manage projects and move forward professionally. But is text alone the best way to communicate professionally? This is essentially the thinking behind the modern version of […]
Who Should Be Interested in Kanban Solutions?
As we’ve outlined in earlier blog posts, “kanban” is an organizational system that is tied to lean management practices. If you’ve spent any time learning about lean management practices, you may have heard this term bandied about. The kanban board system is an integral concept tied to the just-in-time (JIT) production process identified by Taichii […]