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…

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…

Successful project managers
Project Management, Team Performance

5 Key Qualities Successful Project Managers Have in Common

Managing a project, whether we’re talking about software development or planning a corporate event, can be daunting to say the least. The reality is that there is no secret formula that will make your project unwrap flawlessly; very often you’ll stumble upon a series of challenges and obstacles before you reach success. And the ability to overcome those unexpected challenges and deal with them on the go is what makes a successful project manager. A well-versed project manager will be…

Kanban Pull System
Process Improvement, Project Management

Kanban Pull System: A Simple Way to Increase Efficiency

Unlike a push system, where work is pushed onto teams regardless of their capacity, pull systems prevent team overburden and increase workflows efficiency. Teams pull work as they finish what they started, while keeping their focus on the highest priorities. Kanban pull systems significantly improve productivity and decrease delivery times. How Does the Kanban Pull System Work? To implement and maintain a pull system with the Kanban Method, you need to follow four main steps: visualise your workflow, establish a…

Process Improvement, Project Management

Workflow Efficiency: Balancing Demand Against Throughput

Every process has a bottleneck. The Theory of Constraints states that, in order to improve any system, the weakest link must be eliminated. Once a bottleneck has been identified and resolved, the flow of work moves on to the next one to deal with. This is a continuous improvement process that optimises the efficiency of your system. Workflow efficiency is determined by the consistency and predictability of your workflow. A stable and predictable workflow is enabled through balancing demand against…

Team commitment in Kanban
Project Management, Team Performance

Team Commitment in Kanban: How to Set Achievable Goals without Trimming Down Your User Stories

The Kanban Method revolves around the concept that work should be released early and often. To that end, product teams are focused on the constant delivery of value. The challenge lies in defining realistic goals that help teams commit to releasing work quickly. Kanban teams manage to eliminate multitasking and focus on current priorities by limiting the amount of work in progress. However, supporting an environment in which timeframes and goals aren’t present leads to accumulating waste and team demotivation….

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Process Improvement, Project Management, Team Performance

A Big Thank You from Nave!

It’s been a busy year for us here at Nave, so it’s time to let our hair down, have some fun & celebrate the end of a successful year. But, none of it would have been possible without your trust and help. To that end, we’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who supported us during this incredible year! To Our Customers We have always put our customers first, which is why we’ve worked hard to bring…