Discovery Kanban

Kanban Litmus Test

Kanban Litmus Test is a test designed to help organizations assess their progress with Kanban and suggest areas that may yield effective improvements. It consists of a series of questions,...

August 23, 2019

Kanban Methodology

Kanban Methodology or Kanban Method helps us define, manage and improve services delivering knowledge work, such as professional services, creative industries and the design of physical products and software. The...

August 21, 2019

Kanban Cadences

Kanban Cadences, also known as Kanban Feedback Loops, are an essential part of any process and specially important for evolutionary change. Improving feedback in all areas of the process and...

August 19, 2019

Kanban Metrics

In this article we explore the key Kanban metrics and explain how to use them to improve service delivery performance including practical advice and tips based on our own consulting...

August 15, 2019

Discovery Kanban

Tired of endless discussions on how to integrate UX, Design or Research with Scrum or any other Agile Software Development methodology? Discovery Kanban is the answer to your concerns. Welcome...

August 10, 2019

Upstream Kanban

You have probably heard the concept of Upstream Kanban and wonder what it is. Or some Kanban specialist told you that the solution to your problems is to implement an...

August 7, 2019

Kanban Classes of Service

Kanban Classes of Service (CoS) are nothing but different services together within the same system. Imagine a team servicing different types of customers with different fitness criteria or servicing different...

August 5, 2019

What is Kanban?

If you want to know what is Kanban, in this article we accompany you in an immersion in the Kanban Method or Kanban Methodology. In a previous article we already...

July 16, 2019

Kanban

This article is an introduction to the Kanban Method (or Kanban Methodology) where we explain the origins, its evolution, the benefits it brings and it answers the fundamental questions that...

July 13, 2019

The Fuzzy Front End

The Fuzzy Front End is how we call everything that happens in Product Development before a single line of code is made. Let me explain it with an example from...

June 20, 2019

Estimating in Kanban

Estimating in Kanban is a hot topic. Many people ask us how to estimate projects in Kanban. Well, you don't. Learn how in this post. It is curious how in...

June 20, 2019

Kanban Maturity Assessment

The Kanban Maturity Assessment allows managers and Kanban Coaches or consultants to help the team or service evaluate and understand their progress and level of understanding of principles and practices...

June 20, 2019

Limiting WIP in Kanban

One of the main challenges when adopting Kanban is the limitation of work-in-progress (WIP). No matter the size, industry or age of the company; the concept of limiting WIP in Kanban...

June 20, 2019

Solution Focus Coaching – A Positive Approach to Change

Solution Focus coaching is a positive approach to change that focuses on what can be done rather than focusing on what is wrong. Introduction Some years ago, I was having...

May 28, 2019

Lean Product Management – Outcome-driven Innovation

Being customer-driven has become the mantra of the corporate world. However, being customer-driven is not enough and we need outcome-driven innovation. Many of the companies that are truly customer-centric still...

April 30, 2019

Lean Product Management Methodology

Lean Product Management Methodology Lean Product Management methodology is the combination of the traditional product management role with the modern principles and practices of Lean, Lean Startup, Strategy, Innovation and...

April 28, 2019

How to Win – The Six Basic Product Strategy Moves

Why is product strategy important? Product Strategy is important because it is the cornerstone of a successful product. Product Strategy it is not setting goals, writing a 50-page business case...

March 28, 2019

OKR Framework

This article is a summary of the components of the OKR framework. Introduction Objectives and Key Results (OKR) is a very popular framework for strategy deployment which has become famous...

March 28, 2019

OKR Examples

If you are new to OKR framework and you want to define OKRs for first time, it always helps to have some handy OKR examples. I have OKR examples for...

March 27, 2019

OKR Best Practices

OKR framework is not so complicated, what is really complicated is to make it work properly as it requires a change in mindset and changing deeply ingrained organizational structures and...

March 26, 2019

OKR Questions

In this article we answer the most typical OKR questions people ask us. What are OKRs? Objectives and Key Results (OKR) is a framework that addresses both the long-term strategic...

March 22, 2019

Managing Stakeholders

Without a doubt managing stakeholders is a top headache for Product Managers and Product Owners. As a Product Manager you cannot build a product on your own. You need a...

March 3, 2019

The Five Key Mistakes in Product Management

There are five key mistakes most product organizations make which prevent them from achieving their growth goals and leading their market. These failures significantly reduce the probability of delivering products...

March 1, 2019

Hoshin Kanri Planning

The Hoshin Kanri planning process addresses both the long-term strategic direction for the company and the short-term daily management activities. Hoshin Kanri planning systematizes strategic planning and provides a structured...

March 1, 2019

The Agile Promotion Office

The Agile Promotion Office This is an internal consulting and coaching capability with the mission to provide support for the transformation at all levels. This is the role of an...

February 27, 2019

Lean Management

Lean Management in an Agile Transformation The system creates its own behavior. And, it is the responsibility of management to change and improve the system, not to manage people. Announcement...

February 27, 2019

The three mistakes of digital product organizations

According to a recent HBR blog post 72% of all new products don’t meet their revenue targets. Most new products (and companies) fail. The odds are against you. Around 75% of...

February 25, 2019

Hiring Product Owners

Right now, there are more than 300 open job positions for Product Owner only in Spain in LinkedIn. Hiring Product Owners has become a huge headache for most companies, as...

February 25, 2019

Continuous Improvement

Reorganizing in value streams will already provide huge benefits to your bottom-line, however that’s just the beginning. Lean is a never ending journey of continuous improvement towards perfection. In my...

February 20, 2019

Lean Startup Summit Berlin 2019

On 11-12 Feb 2019 took place Lean Startup Summit in Berlin. This is the conference revolving around Lean Startup with a clear focus on how to enable innovation in the...

February 13, 2019

Organize around Value Streams

Lean Organization - Value Streams Let's talk about perhaps the most important change you will have to do in your Lean Transformation towards a Lean Organization. To organize around Value...

February 13, 2019

Define Core Values

A Lean Organization requires teamwork, trust, and respect for people, so it is key to articulate your core values at the same time as you define your Lean Strategy. Think...

February 6, 2019

It’s All About People

In a truly continuous improvement environment, the best ideas will always come from the people who do the work. So, transforming the way your people think and act is the...

January 30, 2019

Lead from the Top

Conceptually, shifting from a traditional to a Lean strategy is simple and straightforward. The problem is that it is very hard to do. For Agile to work at the strategic...

January 23, 2019

Writing a book

As you will have probably noticed I'm in the process of writing a book. And, I thought I'd share my experience and learnings so other people can feel inspired and...

January 17, 2019

Lean is the Strategy

Using Lean to turn your company around has a very simple focus. You want to improve all your processes so that you vastly improve the way value is added in...

January 16, 2019

Agile Transformation Principles

The Ten Commandments of Agile In this blog post we introduce you the ten agile transformation principles for a successful Agile journey based on our own experiences. So far, we...

January 9, 2019

What is Lean Product Management?

Product Owner, are you tired of writing User Stories and managing a meaningless backlog? Do you think your team is a feature factory? Are you developing features that are not...

January 8, 2019

Build – Measure – Learn

Build-Measure-Learn cycle was coined by Eric Ries in his book Lean Startup, and like many other concepts from Lean Startup it has been widely misunderstood. But, it is important that...

January 8, 2019

The Bottleneck Is At The Top

As Peter Drucker used to say: “The bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle.” Often times when we start working with our clients they ask us to work with...

January 2, 2019

What is Product-Market Fit

Product-Market Fit is the most important milestone in the life of a product. Product-Market Fit is being in the right market with the right product. It is a key milestone...

January 1, 2019

Six Mistakes in Digital Product Management

Six Mistakes in Digital Product Management Here, you can find a list of key mistakes that cause huge delays in time to market, frustration and a terrible waste of money...

December 23, 2018

Lean Startup

In case you are looking for a definition of Lean Startup and how can it help you as a Product Manager or Product Owner we explain it to you in...

December 21, 2018

Lack of Leadership

People do not like change. And resistance will come from every part of the company, from senior management to the teams. If your Agile adoption is not led by your...

December 20, 2018

Lean Product Management Guide

Lean Product Management Guide Lean Startup has definitely changed how we develop modern products. However, still after 15 years, most companies do not take advantage of the teachings from this...

December 16, 2018

The All Mighty Change Agents

Imagine the following situation. Like many other couples, you have problems in your relationship, and you decide to go to a couple therapist. After listening to your situation and asking...

December 13, 2018

The Evil Managers

In the Agile world many people have tried to kill management, or they regard management as a problem, whilst enforcing the role of Scrum Master or Agile Coach as the...

December 12, 2018

Failure to Innovate

Agile is not Innovation One of the capital sins of Agile is Failure to Innovate. Assuming it will be the solution to all your problems and that Agile alone, regardless...

December 5, 2018

Building the wrong thing right

This is the second capital sin of Agile. Building the wrong thing right. Let me tell you a story ... This was year 2004. As the technical lead of a...

December 3, 2018

The 5-step Guide to Effective Product Roadmaps

If you are a Product Manager, Product Owner, Head of Product or Chief Product Officer you will agree that Product Roadmaps are a nightmare and the source of many of...

December 1, 2018

The Seven Capital Sins of Agile

Over years of experience helping companies develop better digital products, we have come up with the seven key mistakes that prevent companies from benefiting from Agile. Agile works and it...

November 28, 2018

Agile didn’t solve a damn thing – Embrace Lean

Embrace Lean as your Operations Strategy Do you have the feeling that everybody is doing lots of things, super busy, but still the outcomes are below expectations? Is the quality...

November 20, 2018

Lean – Operational Excellence as a Business Strategy

We have all know stories of great ideas dying out of a poor execution. Great business models or products which don’t reach the market on-time, with the quality expected or...

November 20, 2018

Deming’s 14 Points for Lean Management

In 1982, W. Edwards Deming published Out of the Crisis, a key milestone in modern management and still not understood by most of companies nowadays. Deming offers a theory of...

November 16, 2018

The bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle

As Peter Drucker used to say The bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle. Often times when we start working with our clients they ask us to work...

November 16, 2018

Implementing OKRs

Implementing OKRs In our previous posts we talked about avoiding common pitfalls and errors when adopting OKRs and how to get started with OKRs. Now, let's see how to succeed implementing...

November 16, 2018

Lean Product Management

The Value Stream Manager In our last post, we where talking about why a better Product Owner is a Product Manager. But, what do we mean exactly by great Product Management? Great...

November 16, 2018

Get started with OKRs

In our previous post we were talking about common pitfalls and errors when adopting OKRs. Now that you know what you shouldn’t do, let’s take a look at how to...

November 16, 2018

Hoshin Kanri

Hoshin Kanri is the most powerful tool for you to use in getting everyone on board and all your resources aligned behind your company strategy. It is the Lean methodology...

October 12, 2018

Management 3.0: ¿Por qué?

Como diría Jurgen Appelo, "el management es demasiado importante para dejarlo a los managers." Pero eso no quiere decir que debamos prescindir del management sino que debemos proporcionar los principios,...

August 3, 2018

The Seven keys of the great Product Owner

Become a Great Product Owner As organizations evolve towards truly customer-centric end-to-end product development models, the role of the Product Owner is going to evolve. Till now, most of POs are...

July 31, 2018

Management 3.0: Lean Management for the 21st century

Since the arrival of Agile many people have tried to kill management; without much success, I must admit. But, in Lean, managers have always been a key part of the...

July 20, 2018

Succeed with OKRs

Succeed with OKRs Hi there! If you are reading this you are probably struggling with OKRs. So, keep reading, you stepped into the right place :) We will see how...

June 21, 2018

Five books every Innovation Manager should read

In order to survive 21st century’s rate of unprecedented technological change and disruption, business managers need understand the mindset, principles and practices from Lean Startup and apply them successfully in...

May 28, 2018

A better Product Owner is a Product Manager

Product Owner or Product Manager? The great forgotten in Agile adoptions, conferences and literature are Product people, Product Owners and Product Managers. Most companies doing Agile are just doing Agile...

May 25, 2018