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What is Kanban?

Jim Lombardi

What is Kanban?

Kanban is a visual system for managing work as it moves through a process. Kanban visualizes both the process (the workflow) and the actual work passing through that process. The goal of Kanban is to identify potential bottlenecks in your process and fix them so work can flow through it cost-effectively at optimal speed or throughput.   The 3 core practices of the Kanban method are: Visualize your Workflow Limit Work in Progress (WIP) Manage Flow & Eliminate Wasted Resources The Kanban Method is a process to gradually improve whatever you do – whether it is software development, IT/ Ops,...

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Zombie PMOs...don't be that guy.

Jim Lombardi

Zombie PMOs...don't be that guy.

For several years now the phrase 'Zombie PMO' has been used to describe a PMO organization that is barely alive -- more focused on mundane self-serving practices than delivering business value.  Be sure that well before the 'Zombie' reference was born, this has been a crisis in the PM community.  For years we've seen PMOs come and go in and out of fashion, not because the concept of a PMO lacked business value, but because those executing the PMO have failed to focus on the business value they should be delivering. We staunchly support the idea of embracing best-practices, standards,...

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Business Case and Project Management Templates

Jim Lombardi

Writing a Business Case with Project Management Templates We all know that successful Project Management is about delivering projects on time, within budget and to specification. But what many forget is that it’s also important to deliver the business benefits to the customer. If your projects do not result in the stated business benefits, then your customer will not gain the return on investment expected, thereby affecting the level of success of your project. So how do you ensure that your projects consistently deliver the stated business benefits to your customer? You can do this, by creating a “Business Case”...

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Performing Project Management Life Cycle

Jim Lombardi

Project Management Life Cycle Change Management In this latest article, we're discussed the topic of Change Management. A project management lifecycle is typically undertaken within changing business environments, so it's inevitable that during the life of your project, there will be some element of change required. Whether a customer requests a change to their requirements, management request a change in priority or team members request a change in roles, you will need an effective Change Management Process to minimize the resulting impact on your project. So here, we have described: How to implement a “Change Management Process” Change Management is the process...

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