Kanban MethodIt is not enough to Visualize. You need to be prepared to See!A genuine fear lurks while putting final changes to this article a few weeks before the 45th President of the United States takes office. Becoming the most powerful man on the planet is a fine example of a huge and successful project and his phenomenal success flies in the face of some key takeaways in this article. So, reader’s discretion is advised!

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Is SAFe Agile?Since the arrival of Scaled Agile Framework in the world market, there have been comparisons ad nauseum between the Scrum and SAFe frameworks.Many industry experts have come out and pointed possible flaws in the Scaled Agile Framework. For instance, Ron Jeffries has expressed reservation over SAFe’s approach to resolve inter-team dependencies by holding a multi-team meeting comprising of over 250 people.

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Kanban MethodOne of the important aspects of The Kanban Method is Class of Service (CoS). CoS is a risk categorization mechanism for any work item. We identify 4 Classes of Service – Standard, Fixed Date, Expedite, and Intangibles – depending on customer expectation, value and loss of business value identified as cost of delay. For this blog, cards that are classified as Intangible CoS will be referred to as “Intangibles”.

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Wincor-Nixdorf 1 Hi folks, we hope you are enjoying our previous update with enhancements such as Enterprise Services Planning updates, Upstream Kanban, Portfolio Management and conveniences such as Common Custom fields in the card view in our previous release! We are confident that these powerful functionalities will help accelerate product and services delivery with a clear understanding of customer priorities and your system’s capabilities.

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Wincor-Nixdorf 1 Enterprise/ Portfolio Kanban has for some time provided a visual method of defining and managing portfolios in a much easier manner compared to traditional PPM tools.  Kanban Boards can be set up at different levels of the organization to track a portfolio of initiatives, programs, or product releases and their underlying projects or work items can be visualized and tracked far more easily than ever possible traditionally.

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Wincor-Nixdorf 1 Most projects and business activity have a ‘flow’ or a ‘process’, comprising adjacent steps or phases, to produce a product or to deliver a service, to internal customers or external customers. Kanban is the way many teams and organizations visualize their work, identify and eliminate bottlenecks and achieve dramatic operational improvements. Kanban is an evolutionary approach to change and improvement irrespective of the method or framework currently in use. SwiftKanban honours this philosophy of Kanban, enabling Lean improvement approach...

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Kanban Design Practitioner workshop, Digité It started on a rainy August morning of 2016 in Mumbai. I was thrilled to be attending the Kanban Design Practitioner workshop and was eager to learn Kanban concepts that originated on the manufacturing floor of an automobile company. The concepts are now being relentlessly applied in Agile practices of Information Technology organizations across the world. I hoped to understand the concepts that made the Kanban approach so universally popular. The masterclass started by introducing what essentially is Kanban and the very important concepts around 'Flow' and 'Visualization'.

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Portfolio Management This question comes up not only in Personal Kanban but also for teams and enterprise (portfolio) kanban boards as well. It is a great question – and quite often tricky to answer! What should be the level of work breakdown that gets visualized on the Kanban board? Should each card on your Kanban board be a project or a mini-project? Or should be each task that you can think of that you need to do at the lowest (smallest duration) level? Software development team using Agile methods might typically have an easier time with this question...

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update-clipart-150x150-final With the latest update to SwiftKanban, we have made some exciting progress in supporting Enterprise Services Planning, Upstream or Discovery Kanban – and Portfolio Management with Kanban. At the same time, we have tackled one of the most needed, and fairly tricky, feature of customizing the information one can see on Kanban cards in the Kanban Board view. Upstream Kanban and Minimum WIP Limits. Enterprise Services Planning helps organizations focus on the need to look at various organizational functions (departments) as services that need to be delivered smoothly...

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