Trust Respect Appreciation
Process Improvement, Team Performance

The Art of Effective Management: Trust, Respect, Appreciation

I would like to tell you a story. I want to tell you a story that repeats itself very often. In an environment where there is no concept of flow and work gets pushed onto teams expectations become unrealistic.  When the focus is on starting more work rather than finishing old work, results get delayed. Management feels the urgency to push even more work to make up for the delays. Employees work overtime trying to handle all the requests regardless of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 –…

Standup meeting
Project Management, Team Performance

A Short Guide to Effective Daily Standups

The 15-minute standing meeting is everywhere in the Agile world. For some it’s a tool for collaborative productivity, for others, it’s yet another meeting that takes time away from what they really should be working on. What makes the difference between an effective daily standup and one that just wastes your team’s time? Our short guide is here to help you keep your standup meetings focused and effective. What is a standup? The standup meeting or daily standup is quite…

Lean manufacturing wastes - Muri
Project Management, Team Performance

Lean Manufacturing Wastes: Muri

Reducing waste allows you to achieve more with your team, streamlining your processes and maximising your profits. In our previous articles, we looked at two forms of Lean Manufacturing Wastes: Muda (waste) and Mura (unevenness), when they are likely to appear, and what steps to take to reduce them. As part of their continuous improvement initiative, businesses generally first work on wiping out the 7 Mudas (Defects, Overprocessing, Waiting, Transportation, Inventory, Motion, Overproduction) and keeping Mura down. This is a…