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…

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…

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…

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…

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…