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How to Kanban?

How to Kanban?

What is Kanban? Kanban is a popular framework used to implement agile software development. It requires transparency of work. Work items are represented visually on a kanban board, allowing team members to see the state of every piece of work at any time.

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Growing Agile Teams

Growing Agile Teams

Resistance to change is inevitable part of human nature! But Agile Manifesto preaches, Embrace change. Not only our clients but we as individuals also want change, lets call it good change, without having to really make an effort towards it. Accepting change in Agile, is only possible when we write "good quality" code, improve throughput, or work towards Kaizen and of course a mindset which says, let me try this wacky thing!! Trying new things, working on changing requirements needs upgrading skills or GROWing teams.

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Rules to Inspect and Adapt

Rules to Inspect and Adapt

How do we learn in agile? Well this is a question agile and Kanban Feedback loops force you to ask yourself and your team member every 2-3 weeks for teams and every 6-9 weeks for programs. This not only helps you and your team retrospect what went good but also an opportunity to think, what could be done better. Inspect and Adapt also means - instead of planning everything upfront, and following a Big Upfront Design , but we as team reflect on current project situation and change actions accordingly.

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7 Major Problems ERP Resolves

7 Major Problems ERP Resolves

Are you confused if you need an ERP system or not? ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system can resolve your many major business problems at organizational level.

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Tips to Get More out of your ERP

Tips to Get More out of your ERP

Are you getting everything you can out of your ERP System? Use these ERP tips to kickstart your Business and improve workflow.

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Scope Creep and Tough Stakeholders!

Scope Creep and Tough Stakeholders!

In the current release plan of 3 months, team was tasked to deliver two major pieces of work. Weeks into planning, no clear specification and sponsors adding more changes and work!! Well isn't this something we all encounter, if not every time but quiet often. As a quote goes, " Change is inevitable, Change is constant"

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Building Kaizen Culture!

Building Kaizen Culture!

In Agile business, Kaizen is considered as strategic tool to bring continuous improvement. Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) is a strategy where employees at all levels of an organization, work together to achieve regular, incremental, small improvements to the process. In a sense, it combines collective talent and common sense, within a company to create an engine for improvement. “If kaizen is the work of making our processes better, creating a kaizen culture is the work of getting better at kaizen.”

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Overcoming common Coaching Obstacles

Overcoming common Coaching Obstacles

Coach, in our case agile coach is a overburdened term. By default it has become applicable to Project Managers, delivery managers, Scrum Masters and Agile Trainers. In continuation to my last blog Coach v/s Trainer, this blog is more focused on solutions to challenges/resistance I have faced as a coach.

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Agile Maturity Model

Agile Maturity Model

Lot of times, my customers ask me for a Agile maturity model, which they can use. Intent mostly here is to provide consistency in execution and pre-defined structure which enables all of their projects to deliver timely and adapt to changing business conditions.

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Kanban at all levels

Kanban at all levels

In continuation to my last blog, where I wrote about steps to define Portfolio Kanban, wanted to pen my understanding on linking Kanban at all levels. Beauty of Kanban is not just implementation at portfolio, but can be implemented an level in organization or work. At it's core Kanban is method to visualize flow, and manage work irrespective of level implemented. Kanban can be applied to high-level Strategic processes, mid-level Tactical process and of course Team level processes.

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What's my MVP?

What's my MVP?

One of the customer I recently interacted, wanted me to do BA coaching(as they called) for the teams they wanted to transform towards Agile :)

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Do I need a Agile Coach or a Trainer?

Do I need a Agile Coach or a Trainer?

Agile Coach term has been the hot selling cake these days, and all of sudden people with some years of project management experience have become Agile Coaches overnight! Clearly the term is misinterpreted.

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Agile for distributed teams

Agile for distributed teams

Agile’s philosophy is around face to face communication, collocation. This ideology of agile helped multiple enterprises and teams deliver projects with super success ratio. Given limited budgets these days, outsourcing has become need of hour. So does that mean Agile loses its gloss? With today’s technologies and collaboration tools, software development projects are no longer impeded by distance between team member.

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Unplanned work in Kanban!

Unplanned work in Kanban!

No matter how good teams plan, unplanned work is something they struggle with. It is no surprise that most of teams, end up struggling and doing unpredictable and urgent unplanned work.This not just puts team's throughput in danger but over all project stability goes over the toss, given work starts getting delayed.

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The XP Game!!

The XP Game!!

Important elements of eXtreme Programming includes - Pair Programming, reviews, unit testing and avoiding feature until, its actually needed.

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Estimation in Kanban

Estimation in Kanban

Main goal of any agile methodology is to deliver quality software with desired set of features, and with minimum response time.

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Growing Agile Teams

Growing Agile Teams

Resistance to change is inevitable part of human nature! But Agile Manifesto preaches, Embrace change. Not only our clients but we as individuals also want change, lets call it good change, without having to really make an effort towards it.

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As I understand Cynefin!!

As I understand Cynefin!!

In one of my initial Kanban workshops I heard this word for first time, And it took me couple of days to figure out how do you spell it :-D Well this is a welsh word pronounced as ki-neh-vin, that cannot be directly translated into English, When translated it mean "habitat" , "abode" or "place of multiple belongings", And this is why this word was chosen by Dave Snowden to describe multiple perspective on the evolutionary nature of complex systems, including their inherent uncertainty.

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Explicit Kanban Policies Make Life Easier!!

Explicit Kanban Policies Make Life Easier!!

There is a secret ingredient for the successful implementation of Kanban, and that is setting explicit process policies.

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Use Kanban Analytics to track project!!

Use Kanban Analytics to track project!!

One of the biggest challenges leadership faces is that of predicting future expected results or even simply understanding the current state of a project. However, using Kanban allows the team to visualize their work and monitor a more predictable flow pattern of their work (though it may change/improve as the project progresses).

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Looking for reports in Kanban??

Looking for reports in Kanban??

One of the biggest challenge leadership faces is predicting future or lets also say even to understand current state of project. Though while using Kanban, you make things visual and we have flow(though it may change/improve as you progress) but one still needs few visual reports. Lets see how they can be of some help.

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What is my WIP Limit?

What is my WIP Limit?

When teams are overburdened and need to reduce lead time - Kanban does the magic!! Kanban visualizations enable workers to engage,see and feel the work and visualize the process. This helps immensely by reducing coordination effort and improving quality.

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Role of a Agile Coach?

Role of a Agile Coach?

I am asked this question quiet often, What is an agile coach? What is the scope of work? and as an enterprise Why do we need an agile coach? When I started to think about answer, short and simple way to define us was "We help teams move roadblocks to be more effective and apply agile principles at work". But it confused people more :-). So too add more to the definition, "We help motivated teams move roadblocks to be more effective and apply agile principles at work and help them attain common goal"

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Agile & Production Support..

Agile & Production Support..

In one of my current consulting assignments, I was popped up with the question on introduction of Agile for production Support teams... This got me thinking, we might be successful in creating a sprint backlog for the team, but what if there is a priority defect and it just needs a fix, It's a clear showstopper for complete system.

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Agile, flattens the cone of uncertainty

Agile, flattens the cone of uncertainty

Planning in most of the software projects is scrupulous; yet most of the projects fail to meet their objectives. Some of the problems are underestimating resources required for a project, not understanding the requirements properly.

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Scaling Agile

Scaling Agile

Benefits of being agile are very clear: We are more productive: By focussing on delivering small chunks of working product in short time-boxes (typical 2-3 week development sprints) we always have visible deadlines and view of actual progress. We attain better quality product: With shorter feedback cycles; and stakeholder review every 2-3 weeks the end product being cooked has better quality and is nearly bug free. We are faster: By continually delivering we are able to show real users and our stakeholders working code very early on and get their feedback. ROI is orderly and we reach where our client wants to be fast

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Retrospectives in Distributed Teams

Retrospectives in Distributed Teams

Few days back while attending an Agile event in NCR I met, Ritesh, he was talking about retrospectives in distributed environments. This just made me little snoopy as most of the agile teams are not co-located. These teams in my point of view need retrospectives more essentially.

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Scrum Master and Retrospectives....

Scrum Master and Retrospectives....

In my opinion, for a successful scrum master, effective retrospectives are very important. Everytime I interact with a scrum master I often ask them how often they do retrospectives. This information helps me gauge functions efficiency. In general, whenever teams are in pressure retrospectives are bumped off. The irony is that this session is most valuable when the pressure is on or when things are not running as expected. As such, the sprint retrospective should always remain a consistent event at the end of each sprint, irrespective of the tension/ pressure surrounding it.

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Is my user story perfect?

Is my user story perfect?

Recently while working with one of my clients to move towards agile there were many times I was asked "How do you know this user story is complete?" or "How would you know my user story is granular enough?" Well this is where I guess everyone of us would have struggled at on point or other. It's like new driver who needs little practice.

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Its not easy - Agile Testing

Its not easy - Agile Testing

Being agile is not easy.. From delivering high quality software to delivering as quick as possible, Agile testing is not easy. Fist biggest challenge is overcoming myth that agile teams don't need testers. Integrating developers and testers together, to have an approach where quality product is delivered. It's hard!

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Test-driven development - The buzz word...

Test-driven development - The buzz word...

Test-driven development (TDD) is an approach where you write a test before you write just enough production code to fulfill that test and refactoring. It also means thinking about your design first and then about code.

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Workspace Conflict

Workspace Conflict

Agile guides teams to collaborate and communicate. It requires coordination, and since teams work in open team areas, chances of interpersonal conflict are always high.

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Agile V/s PMP

Agile V/s PMP

With Agile word buzzing around many of us have doubt which certification is best? I myself have been through this dilemma of deciding which one is worth it. Let me try to help you decide between PMP or PMI-ACP. One thing we need to understand is that PMP would surely not become irrelevant with Scrum and agile dominating project management.

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Getting Agile Ready...

Getting Agile Ready...

In previous blog I talked how to know if you or your team is agile ready or not. If answer to any of the question is "No", following is what you should consider

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Are you Agile Ready?

Are you Agile Ready?

With growing popularity of Agile, and more and more companies wanting to adopt agile, one of the common question to ask ourselves or our organization is .. Are we agile ready??

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...ility Testing

...ility Testing

Agile Teams with help of agile values and principles, foster functional requirements. But constraints can be faced while transforming NFRs in prioritized product backlog.

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A Virtual CTO can help you save millions

A Virtual CTO can help you save millions

A Virtual Chief Technical Officer (VCTO), is a seasonal but trusted advisory or a key executive inside a company or organization responsible for understanding the business drivers and align the technologies that are required for meeting the business objectives.

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Choose your Technology Partner Smartly

Choose your Technology Partner Smartly

There have been times when companies/ business owners just go by a renowned name when it comes to choosing a technology partner without understanding how effective the solution will be. BaffleSol Technologies being IT Consultants would like to share a few tips to be considered before choosing the Right Technology partner.

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Features of Accurate Distribution Management System (ADMS)

Features of Accurate Distribution Management System (ADMS)

Accurate Distribution Management System (ADMS) is built to ease-out the complicated processes of the organizations that deals businesses spread across geographies through Automation. Though the ADMS is already fueled up to undertake the challenges of your growing network and existing ones simultaneously but it can be customized to meet the nature and culture of your business.

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Reasons Why You Need a Website?

Reasons Why You Need a Website?

This question has always been a hot topic that continuously runs into a businessmen's mind. Since we all know the benefits of having a website but are not really sure whether to bring or not bring the business to an online platform. 

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Why Does Your Business Need a Distribution Management System?

Why Does Your Business Need a Distribution Management System?

In most industries, a distribution system accelerates and streamlines the entire flow of goods. It helps in maintaining a healthy level of goods across the entire distribution network.

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Best Practices that Every Marketer should use in their Email Marketing

Best Practices that Every Marketer should use in their Email Marketing

Now a days Email Marketing has become one of the most popular forms of communication. Email Marketing is, quite simply,using the tools of email to deliver advertising message.Email is remarkably flexible tool that can accommodate a wide range of messages. Must Read the best practices that every marketer should use in their marketing to generate more leads. According to MarketingSherpa , the most used lead generation tactic is Email - Marketing.

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Reasons Why You must use Social Bookmarking Submission For SEO

Reasons Why You must use Social Bookmarking Submission For SEO

Since building quality backlinks play an important role in SEO, as backlinks help you to increase website traffic, authority and ranking of your website in SERP. So, by using Social Bookmarking sites you are able to earn those links and thereby improving your site’s ranking on SERP.

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What is Bounce Rate? Why Does It Matter and How to Reduce It?

What is Bounce Rate? Why Does It Matter and How to Reduce It?

Bounce Rate is the percentage of people who land on a website and they do nothing on the website they entered and leave from the page. For example, you are looking for shoes and you enter a site that deals with clothes only you are sure to bounce back from that site.

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Making ERP System Employee Friendly

Making ERP System Employee Friendly

Steps You can Take to Drive Employee ERP Adoption by Making it More Employee - Friendly.

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Check out 5 Best Practices to Follow while Upgrade a MS Dynamics AX

Check out 5 Best Practices to Follow while Upgrade a MS Dynamics AX

The transition from existing MS Dynamics AX version to latest version is an obvious step so choose a partner who is expert in the field of MS Dynamics AX. The right partner will be work on all little details and ensures you a successful MS Dynamics AX Implementation. Get in touch with us for Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP Implementation, upgrade and support.

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What is Microsoft Dynamics AX and Why Choose it?

What is Microsoft Dynamics AX and Why Choose it?

Microsoft Dynamics AX is a powerful ERP Solution that helps global enterprises organize, automate and optimize all their business processes. With Microsoft Dynamics AX, your people can work efficiently and you can make important business decision with confident. With a wide range of industry-specific solutions, Microsoft Dynamics AX delivers a business management solution that can meet all your needs now and evolve to meet your future demands also.

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Red Flags in ERP Implementation Process and How to Fix Them?

Red Flags in ERP Implementation Process and How to Fix Them?

Challenges in ERP Implementation process are quite normal. Though Implementing an ERP System is not completely a technical job, a lot of planning and proper communication is too much essential to implement an ERP Software across any organization. Below are the common Red Flags in ERP Implementation and How to fix them.

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Reasons behind failure of HRMS Software?

Reasons behind failure of HRMS Software?

The HR Software Implementation is associated with challenges complexity and risks. Whether it is putting the entire system in place or simply a major upgrade, there are a number of pitfalls that can account for project failure. Below are the most common reasons that attribute to HRMS Software Implementation Failure.

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10 Crucial Questions to ask When Choosing the HR Software

10 Crucial Questions to ask When Choosing the HR Software

Are you looking for HR Technology Platform for your business? We, as an expert in HRMS Technology (also have our own product HRMarvel) ensure you find the best fit by asking these 10 questions before you choose.

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Why Your Organization Needs HR Management Software?

Why Your Organization Needs HR Management Software?

The HR department is an integral department of any organization. The normal functions carried out by it are following: • Recruit and Train Employees. • Supervise Projects. • Find Flaws in Productivity. • Manage the Payroll. If there is any problem persist in this department, the organization can fall into disarray. This will lead to unhappy employees and decreased output. So, in this situation HR Software is a solution which can streamline and automate all your HR tasks.

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Improve Your Work Efficiency with Efficient HRMS System

Improve Your Work Efficiency with Efficient HRMS System

Having good people in the wrong jobs can seriously harm your business productivity. #HRMarvel- a robust Microsoft Dynamics HRMS software that outperforms Human Resources tasks and gives unbeatable results. Basis a survey, we spend a large amount of time, money and efforts doing recurring manual work. But you can reduce it upto 75% in just a click.

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Manage Attendance of Your Employee and add Value to Your Business with HRMarvel

Manage Attendance of Your Employee and add Value to Your Business with HRMarvel

Is attendance tracking has become a crack in your management system? #HRMarvel gives you the 100% accurate and real-time Attendance monitoring. Manage Attendance of Your Employee and add Value to Your Business with HRMarvel – a robust Microsoft Dynamics HRMS software.

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Reasons Why Your Company Should use ServiceNow.

Reasons Why Your Company Should use ServiceNow.

Change the way you have been working and ServiceNow gives you better work experience that results into 50% more with your current resources. Here are a few reasons Why Your Company Should use ServiceNow.

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What's More Important - Work or Workplace?

What's More Important - Work or Workplace?

The dictionary meaning of Digital Transformation is the advancement of technology but if you really ask me, it’s not just limited to the advancement of our technical assets but also the advancements it brings to the cultural values to a working environment. If you ever wish to bring digital advancement to your Organization, I am sure you would want it to resolve your current problems with a few added benefits which will enable you to deal with future technology and operational challenges. When we talk about an organization, it should include business/ operations, clients, employees, office assets, processes, compliances, etc., And, a good and well-planned technology infrastructure takes care of everything.

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Everything You Need to Know about ServiceNow Ticketing System

Everything You Need to Know about ServiceNow Ticketing System

What is ServiceNow: ServiceNow is basically an ITSM (IT Service Management) tool that was specifically designed for IT departments. Usually, it is used by mid-size or large companies but it can be configured to the business needs of every particular enterprise individually. ServiceNow is cloud-based, which makes it easy to access. It’s also a single, integral platform, rather than collection of a number of platforms ‘bound’ together therefore, there’s no need to maintain integrations. There is both a browser and a mobile version of ServiceNow, there are chats, alerts, notifications and everything else that one may need to work efficiently. Besides ITSM, ServiceNow has other systems, for example, ITOM, ITBM, Security, Customer Service, HR Service Management tools and a number of others.

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Why ServiceNow is preferred over other Enterprise Platforms?

Why ServiceNow is preferred over other Enterprise Platforms?

The foremost reason for ServiceNow to be the most loved amongst its user is its Vast and broadly defines functions. It is the basis for communication that the gaps amongst and across functions, harvesting great paybacks to an Organization.

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Ways to Increase Revenue Growth Opportunities with an Integrated ERP System

Ways to Increase Revenue Growth Opportunities with an Integrated ERP System

Every company works towards accelerating its revenue growth and ROI even when economic conditions are volatile. The choice of an integrated ERP system can contribute significantly to increase the revenue growth of the company while employee productivity and increasing customer satisfaction.

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Why Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP is Top Choice Over Other ERPs

Why Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP is Top Choice Over Other ERPs

Microsoft Dynamics AX is a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. It is designed for small-sized and mid-sized organizations. It is simple and intuitive to use, and is quick to improve ROI after implementation.

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