Kanban Project Management: the Right Tool for Many Projects
By George Ellis
Ever feel overwhelmed by your task list? Whether it’s your daily work or a simple project, think about Kanban Project Management. A Kanban PM Board is a simple visual management tool for many tasks with few inter-dependencies. For example, you might use Kanban project management for managing ECOs or organizing small customization jobs.
In Kanban PM, each task is listed separately with a sticky note or some electronic equivalent (I sometimes use PowerPoint). The Kanban board is divided into 4 or 5 columns with the tasks starting on the left and flowing to the right. Here’s an example of a personal Kanban management board I use:
Figure 1: Personal Kanban Board
Kanban Project Management KPM) is a pull system. The main action takes place in the middle—”On Deck” and “In Process” in this example. There the maximum size is limited to, say, 3 or 4 tasks. Read the Complete Article
In Product Development, Project Management Builds on Process
By George Ellis
I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at project management tools and some of them are very cool. Tons of collaboration. Great mobile connectivity. Attractive, intuitive user interfaces. But very few of them tie to process. And that’s unfortunate because project management should be built on a foundation of process. Why? Lots of reasons.
Process tells you what your organization does under normal situations—we call it “standard work”. For example, when do you decide if you’re going to go for a patent? At what points do the developers connect with the manufacturing team? What steps do you take so quality levels with be acceptable when the product goes to the factory? If you don’t have process, you reinvent the wheel every time you plan a project. And so does every project manager in your company. Of course, process isn’t meant to be enough to do all your planning—not by a long shot. Read the Complete Article