Lean & Agile

Lean and Agile is the philosophy and toolkit to continuously enhance the customer value of your products, to improve the way you make them and to develop your team members, taking a long term view.

Principles of Lean & Agile

Lean Project Management and Agile Programming are based upon a number of principles.

Customer Value

The single goal of the organization is to produce and deliver the best product for the client, to the lowest operational cost and as fast as possible. To define value, we make use of User Stories.

Continuous Improvement or Kaizen

Driving out waste is the goal of all continuous improvement effort.

Flow and Speed

Clients generally want their projects delivered rather sooner than later. On time delivery is your clients' basic need, prompter delivery will almost definitely be a satisfier or even a delighter. Yet speed is good for another reason too. Speed is only possible if you're in control of your processes. Heading for speed will help you driving out waste. So, doing it faster, actually leads to doing it better and at lower cost too.

One great way to get fast is to work in continuous flow. Work on one job at a time and avoid start-up time, change-over time, hand-over time, waiting, and many other forms of waste. In projects, the more we work with dedicated teams, the better it is.

Empowered Teams

Proper team work is essential for most projects. We happen to need different skills to perform. In lean and Agile, we work in empowered teams, teams with all the knowledge and experience needed to deliver.

First Time Right

Speed is good, but only if we consider the entire value stream from end to end. It makes no sense to speed up one step in the process, making errors and mistakes, only to have to redo them later. Normally, it's smarter to take our time to do it right and finish it, before sending it on to the next one down the line: Fifteen minutes of reflection, often spares a full day of work.

Heijunka

A balanced workload is key for a healthy organization. Work in process is under control. No running and stopping, no overtime, no idle time. To reach a balanced workflow, projects are split in releases and iterations, while teams preferably work on one project at a time.

Standardized Work

Professionals know what they do. A professional can tell you what inputs and processes are needed to reach a certain outcome. This is also true in projects, even in one offs. Standardization means that professionals share their ideas on the best possible way and formalize these practices. This allows every professional to follow the best known practice and also to obtain heijunka: distributing work evenly, supporting busy colleagues, instructing new team members to contribute to the project and also to improve the current processes. Continuous improvement can't do without it. Standardized work can be reached both through products (standard features) and through processes (standard method).

Visual Management

If we can see it, we can fix it. Therefor, we look for tools to visualize everything in the workplace. Clean desks and workplace organization are basicly meant to visualize diversions from the standard: a normally clean office gets messy when too much work accumulates. So, a messy workplace is an indicator for other colleagues that help in that area may be needed. Also, planning tools need to be visual, preferably put on a wall for everyone to see. This goes for kanban boards and iteration boards. In meetings we do need to make use of displays, white boards, flip-overs and physical story cards.

Long Term Vision

The organization aims for sustainability and to be in business for at least the next 50 years. To do so, one works in partnership and trust with suppliers, clients, employees and other stakeholders. The production process is a joint venture, continuous improvement is a common responsibility.

Waypoint is project management software to support the execution of Lean and Agile projects, in software development, new product development, construction, Waypoint is software to support lean project leaders and teams. The software allows to budget, plan, report, standardize and improve project execution, along the principles of Lean Project Management and Agile Programming and Planning. Waypoint is offered by Heyunka, a provider of on-line tools for the implementation of lean management and agile development.Heyunka's tools are web-based and require standard compliant browser. Clients are charged only for actual usage -from one to as many users as you like and for as long as you need it. Tools are sold on-line. No IT needed.

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