Probabilistic thinking
Process Improvement, Project Management

Data-Driven Decision Making: The Value of Probabilistic Thinking

More than 50 years ago, Peter Drucker, a management consultant and author, described as the founder of modern management, predicted we would shift to a knowledge society. He said information would change the way people work – that knowledge will become the most important economic resource. Instead of generating value through physical labor with their muscles, people will do it with their minds. Drucker described these people as “knowledge workers”.  So, who is a knowledge worker? Simply described, a knowledge…

Change Leadership Masterclass Review
Insights

Change Leadership Masterclass Review: Practical, Evidence-Based Guidance on Disrupting the Status Quo

Learning how to deal with resistance, excuses and setbacks when leading a change in an organization. Hundreds of thousands of flickering oil lamps lit during India’s biggest holiday, Diwali, cast a mellow glow over the streets, steps and city squares to mark a year of rebirth, triumph, and new beginnings. But this October, the joint prayers, gift exchanges, and mouth-watering feasts won’t be accompanied by firework displays; their sale during the five-day festival has been restricted by the government amid…

Manage blocked work in Kanban
Process Improvement, Project Management

Maximize Your Predictability: How to Manage Blocked Work in Kanban

Building a robust, reliable system that enables a smooth, predictable delivery of work requires a great deal of effort.  However, even with an efficient Kanban pull system in place, one where the team pulls the work themselves, WIP limits are set up and team members are autonomous, there will be tasks that inevitably get stuck in the workflow. Blockers come in all shapes and sizes. From dependencies between tasks, teams, and third parties, to a lack of information or unclear…

Linking Nave with Jira
Process Improvement, Project Management

Linking Nave with Jira in Under a Minute

You asked and we’ve delivered; Jira teams can now use Nave to optimize their software development processes. Follow our three-step guide to configure Nave with Jira quickly and easily. Step 1: Log into your Jira Software as a user with ‘Jira Administrator’ permissions. Choose Jira Settings from the main menu. Select Products. Then click on Application links. You’ll be asked to enter the application link – type in https://getnave.com and click on Create new link. On the warning Configure Application URL…

User stories
Project Management, Team Performance

User Stories: Delivering Value, One Piece at a Time

Understanding what you are working on, and more importantly why you are working on it, is at the heart of business success. User stories play a central role in bridging the gap between the customer and the delivery team while promoting a culture of collaboration, innovation and shared leadership.  Back in the day, Business Analysts would gather the requirements piece by piece, then staple them together in one, chunky file, which would be divided back into smaller deliverables that fit…

Kanban Roles
Process Improvement, Project Management

Kanban Roles: The Right Work, Done Right

From ideation to delivery, work flows through the value stream until it reaches the end customer. The Kanban Method is designed to optimize the flow of work as it moves through the value stream. It’s a system that works upon the speed and efficiency of your delivery by minimizing waste and team overburden, outside of the value stream. To manage this approach, two Kanban roles have emerged – Service Request Manager (SRM) and Service Delivery Manager (SDM). Both SRM and…

Flow efficiency
Process Improvement, Project Management

Flow Efficiency: Powering the Current of Your Work

How can we be more efficient? What’s holding us back from delivering great customer value, sooner? These are pivotal questions shared by all success-driven product managers. Productivity rises with the improvement of team engagement and working practices. The greatest leverage in increasing productivity though is focusing on avoiding delays. Eliminating the causes that block our work and accumulate waiting time is the best way of getting more done, with less effort. As Daniel Vacanti says in Actionable Agile Metrics for…

Team engagement
Project Management, Team Performance

5 Drivers of Sustainable Team Engagement

An engaged and enthusiastic team stands behind every thriving business. Supporting an environment of a strong organizational culture where people feel trusted, respected and valued is a recipe for success. Unfortunately, not all businesses recognize this. Figures from Gallup suggest active employee disengagement costs the US working market around $500 billion each year in lost productivity and high turnover. You can put a dent in these dire statistics. Promoting team engagement in a workplace begins with leadership. Your team members…

Kanban backlog
Project Management

Kanban Backlog: A Guide for Self-Managed Teams

Effective backlog management is pivotal to any successful project. Prioritizing the right work in the right order plays a key role in continually delivering customer value. Manually prioritizing all backlog items, however, can be quite time-consuming. Moreover, without clearly defined criteria specifying the priority of the work items, what’s most important and what actually brings value to your business becomes questionable. The Kanban Method suggests an approach of backlog management that reduces the effort of maintaining your backlog and enables…

Nave Power-Up for Trello
Process Improvement, Project Management

How to Use the Nave Power-Up in Trello

We’re excited to announce our integration with Trello – Kanban teams can now use Nave without ever leaving Trello. The Nave Power-Up allows you to create immersive analytical charts from your Trello boards – past, current, and upcoming. All charts will be updated the moment any change occurs on your board. Want to see the big picture of your project and gain actionable insights for a more efficient workflow? Here’s how you use the Nave power-up for Trello. See a…

Process Improvement, Project Management

Aging Work in Kanban: Tasks that Linger in Your Flow

One of the most quoted sayings in Kanban translates to: ”stop starting and start finishing.” This principle of not starting new work until the task at hand is completed, also called a Kanban pull system, is one of the central ideologies in Kanban. A well-implemented pull system increases workflow efficiency and prevents teams from overcapacity and burnout. Essentially, tasks are moving forward if and only if a pull signal has been triggered to indicate a new slot has freed up….

Kanban vs Scrum
Process Improvement, Project Management

Productive Synergy: Kanban vs Scrum

Both Kanban and Scrum are designed to help teams build better products and services with fewer obstacles along the way. However, a lot of product teams still question whether they should use Kanban or Scrum in order to deliver outstanding value to their customers. But the reality is that you shouldn’t choose between the two; rather, you should discover which practices work best for your team and flex the system accordingly. And by flexing, we mean using Kanban and Scrum…