Kanban team
Project Management, Team Performance

Productive Project Management: Kanban Team

A smooth, efficient workflow is essential to a successful project. The Kanban Method has exploded in popularity as a way to optimise processes in all kinds of teams, especially in Agile software development. But what is Kanban and what makes a Kanban team? What is Kanban? Kanban – sometimes translated as “signboard”, “billboard” or “visual signal” – is a workflow management method with a long history. Invented in the 1940s as a way to improve manufacturing productivity, it has since…

Kanban cycle time
Project Management, Team Performance

Maximise Customer Satisfaction: Kanban Cycle Time

The one question that project managers hate to hear – “How long will this take?”. Being able to estimate how much time is needed for a team using the Kanban method to complete a client request lets project managers plan ahead and inspires client confidence. Kanban cycle time tracks the average time taken and the probability to complete any type of task within a project. While cycle time can be used to assess your team’s efficiency, it can also be used…

Histogram diagram
Process Improvement, Project Management

Frequency Distribution: Histogram Diagram

Histograms are a great way to visualise data and track key performance indicators because they are so clear and simple to read. They are the preferred method of presenting large amounts of data in a simple straightforward manner. What is a histogram and how does it help you analyse your data? What is a histogram diagram? The histogram is a graph that is often used in mathematics and statistics. Histograms are used to measure how frequently values or value ranges…

Process Improvement, Project Management

Increase Process Efficiency: Kanban Cumulative Flow Diagram

When implementing the Kanban method, how do you know how much work has actually been done and how much is in progress? Perhaps more importantly, how can you assess your workflow efficiency? The cumulative flow diagram (or CFD) is a crucial Kanban analytics tool, and provides an overview of the current state of your project. It can be used to help you identify issues that may be affecting your team performance. When your process is about to face setbacks, you’ll…

Kanban Method
Process Improvement, Project Management

Effective Project Management: What is the Kanban Method?

Delivering work in a quick and efficient way could be a challenge. Kanban is a project management method with an emphasis on continuous delivery without overburdening the development team that focuses on productivity and efficiency. Kanban was initially invented as a way of managing Just in Time (JIT) manufacturing processes. The next chapter in Kanban’s history involved adding best practices and features such as Swimlanes and Classes of Service to make it more efficient for knowledge workers. It is a process designed to…

List of Project Management Methodologies
Process Improvement, Project Management

Our Top 10: The Expert’s List of Project Management Methodologies

Defining and implementing a project management methodology is a key stepping stone to success for any project. While dozens of different approaches have been created, with many of them overlapping and intertwining, there is always an optimum methodology suited to your business, and the type of projects you’re running. We’ve created this list of project management methodologies so that you can quickly build your understanding, before implementing the one which best suits your needs. Even within one company, there could…

Benefits of project status tracking
Project Management, Team Performance

Staying Sharp: 5 Team Benefits of Project Status Tracking

Whether you’re a two-person startup or the director in a Fortune 500 giant, real-time project status tracking is critical. Modern analytical software means that there’s no excuse for losing track of a project, missing a deadline, or running over budget. But there’s more to effective project management. In this article we’ll take a look at 5 ways in which effective project status tracking can keep your team productive, your projects organised, and your deliverables on-schedule.  Project Updates at a Glance…

Project management process flowchart
Process Improvement, Project Management

The Benefits of a Project Management Process Flowchart

Lack of clarity is a major source of inefficiencies in any project. Whether from lack of a clear scope for each task or an unclear route from start to finish, this opacity hampers your project flow with unnecessary obstacles. This is especially important in the Kanban Method, where maintaining smooth workflows is essential to project success. Mapping out a flowchart makes your process transparent and improves workflow efficiency. What is a Project Management Process Flowchart? A project management process flowchart…

What is project management process
Process Improvement, Project Management

Business Fundamentals: What is a Project Management Process?

One of the keys to effective project management is in maintaining systems and routines. A project is integrative by nature, which means that it’s made up of various connected parts: pull one, and another moves. Getting the best possible result means actively managing interactions between your team, clients, and stakeholders. When you’re against the clock and fighting to remain under budget, the project management process will be what holds everything together. In this article we’ll examine an important question: what…