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…

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…

Cumulative flow diagram with metrics
Process Improvement, Project Management

How to Read the Cumulative Flow Diagram [Infographic]

The Kanban Method can help teams manage their workflows more efficiently but relying on your Kanban board alone isn’t going to help you achieve a stable process. You also need a way to identify bottlenecks and stabilise your workflow using data visualisation tools. In this infographic, we’ll be explaining how to do that with the cumulative flow diagram. The Kanban Method is built around optimising cycle times, limiting WIP, and continuously delivering. There is a lot of critical flow information…

Reduce cycle times
Process Improvement, Project Management

How to Reduce Cycle Times to Boost Customer Satisfaction and Build a More Productive Workforce

The cycle times of your workflow is the period required for a product team to develop and deliver a valuable outcome to a customer. There are two things that are important here – how quickly the customer needs the results to be ready, and how much time it takes your product team to develop and deliver them. To that end, it refers to the synchronisation between the requirements of the customer and what your internal processes can achieve. Although product…

Kanban project management
Process Improvement, Project Management

How to Use Kanban Project Management to Harness the Power of Visual Insights and Maximise the Delivery of Value

Successful projects always start and finish with a plan, but it’s how you put that plan into motion that will ultimately make or break your project. Without a clearly defined process, project managers end up unable to manage their work efficiently, while teams work overtime to meet impossible demands. All too often, the result of a poorly executed project is a failed product delivered late by a team that’s lost motivation due to burnout. Kanban project management solves these problems…

Burnout
Process Improvement, Team Performance

Team Burnout is Real and your Workflow is the Cause

The best teams are highly motivated to perform. They show engagement, professionalism, and dedication. When unrealistic goals and impossible demands are placed on your team, their active engagement leads to rising levels of stress. If you notice your productivity and efficiency levels beginning to drop, this is a sign of burnout sneaking up on your team. Finding and attracting highly committed and engaged individuals for your team is a constant business struggle. Introducing these individuals to your internal processes and…

Value stream mapping
Process Improvement, Project Management

Roads Untravelled: Value Stream Mapping

In an increasingly saturated market, you must be able to deliver value to your customers faster and more consistently than your competitors do. Value stream mapping shows you exactly how your process delivers value to your customers, which steps suffer from excess waste and helps you identify areas of improvement. What is value stream mapping The value stream is the series of steps required to deliver a product or a service to your customer. Regardless of the nature of the…

Increase productivity by 250%
Process Improvement, Team Performance

How We Increased Our Productivity By 250%

Are you always short on time and budget, even though your team is motivated and skilled? Do you struggle to keep up with ever-changing demands from your clients? Do you often find yourself being unable to deliver on your commitments? We know these feelings because we’ve been there. This is the story of how our team at Nave turned our Kanban process around and increased our productivity by 250%. Managing emergencies In a fast-paced environment, clients want results yesterday –…

Lean Manufacturing Wastes: Mura
Process Improvement, Project Management

Lean Manufacturing Wastes: Mura

In our previous article, Lean Manufacturing Wastes: Muda, we began to explore the concept of waste and how to reduce it. Wastes in your process add extra costs, either to your customers or to your business. Reducing waste is the most essential step towards developing a smoother and more efficient process. The 7 Mudas (Transportation, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Overproduction, Overprocessing and Defects) are often highly visible in your process and easy to single out. Many businesses reduce Muda, see some…

Lean Manufacturing Wastes: Muda
Process Improvement, Project Management

Lean Manufacturing Wastes: Muda

Larger profit margins can be boiled down to two actions – increasing output and improving efficiency. Frequently, businesses choose to increase their capacity to drive output, hiring staff and investing in new tools. They can also look for ways to work more efficiently with their existing resources. Reducing waste is essential in order to make processes more efficient. Costs from wastes are ultimately passed on either to your customers or your business. Putting prices up can mask waste costs to…