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If you’re at just about any level of business where you’ve got employees and one or more managers, you’ve probably heard about “lean management.” You may have wondered if it was just another trendy MBA buzzword, or if it represented something to which you needed to pay attention. And what does it mean, anyway? Is it the opposite of “fat management?” Does it involve losing weight, or maybe trimming the fat in some sense from your company? Well, yes, it does mean trimming fat. The word “lean” first appeared as a manufacturing management philosophy developed in the late 1980s by

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Three Tips for Getting Started with Lean Management

If you’re at just about any level of business where you’ve got employees and one or more managers, you’ve probably heard about “lean management.” You may have wondered if it was just another trendy MBA buzzword, or if it represented something to which you needed to pay attention. And what does it mean, anyway? Is it the opposite of “fat management?” Does it involve losing weight, or maybe trimming the fat in some sense from your company? Well, yes, it does mean trimming fat. The word “lean” first appeared as a manufacturing management philosophy developed in the late 1980s by

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In business, mistakes can lead to higher expenses, lost revenues, greater risk, and diminished market share. Some mistakes are obvious – a poorly performing product, obsolete design, poor customer service. These and similar errors are easy to spot with good quality control and by keeping an eye on key performance indicators, such as number of units returned as defective. Sometimes the problem can be difficult to pinpoint. A systemic lack of efficiency and agility can slowly erode profitability with no obvious outward symptoms. This can easily happen to legacy companies that become profitable by doing things a certain way, not

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The Costs of Non-Alignment

In business, mistakes can lead to higher expenses, lost revenues, greater risk, and diminished market share. Some mistakes are obvious – a poorly performing product, obsolete design, poor customer service. These and similar errors are easy to spot with good quality control and by keeping an eye on key performance indicators, such as number of units returned as defective. Sometimes the problem can be difficult to pinpoint. A systemic lack of efficiency and agility can slowly erode profitability with no obvious outward symptoms. This can easily happen to legacy companies that become profitable by doing things a certain way, not

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Agile development practices have taken the software and application development by storm. Agile development is the practice of decoupling separate parts of an application so that no two parts depend to heavily on the other parts. The benefits of this are that if a piece of an application breaks or needs to be restructured, the other still functional parts will still operate as they need to. The agile methodology has been so successful in the realms of software and web development, that managers have chosen to extend it to more than the development process and onto the entire company as a

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Agile Business: Why you Should Consider it.

Agile development practices have taken the software and application development by storm. Agile development is the practice of decoupling separate parts of an application so that no two parts depend to heavily on the other parts. The benefits of this are that if a piece of an application breaks or needs to be restructured, the other still functional parts will still operate as they need to. The agile methodology has been so successful in the realms of software and web development, that managers have chosen to extend it to more than the development process and onto the entire company as a

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Many companies have problems with business planning. It’s not that they don’t know where to begin, it’s that six months later down the road, their plan is forgotten and they’ve already reverted back to old habits. Agile business management allows companies to improve their communication and organization and thus their business planning. Agile businesses don’t struggle with business planning because they’ve already overcome many of the problems that other companies still struggle with. A recent Harvard Business Review article discusses the difference between a business with a successful plan and a business with an unsuccessful plan. The article creates a

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Strategy Implementation with Agile Business Management

Many companies have problems with business planning. It’s not that they don’t know where to begin, it’s that six months later down the road, their plan is forgotten and they’ve already reverted back to old habits. Agile business management allows companies to improve their communication and organization and thus their business planning. Agile businesses don’t struggle with business planning because they’ve already overcome many of the problems that other companies still struggle with. A recent Harvard Business Review article discusses the difference between a business with a successful plan and a business with an unsuccessful plan. The article creates a

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Weekly management meetings have been a staple of business since, well, back in the sixteenth century, when managers dutifully scribbled notes with quill pens on parchment. For many companies, times haven’t changed. You start with donuts and coffee in the big meeting room. After a lecture by the CEO, who’s sitting like a monarch at the head of the table, each manager in turn gives his or her report: sales up, products shipped, hits on the website, suppliers paid. When it’s all over, those managers who have not been rebuked by the boss breathe big sighs of relief as they

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Taking Scrum to Your Management Meetings

Weekly management meetings have been a staple of business since, well, back in the sixteenth century, when managers dutifully scribbled notes with quill pens on parchment. For many companies, times haven’t changed. You start with donuts and coffee in the big meeting room. After a lecture by the CEO, who’s sitting like a monarch at the head of the table, each manager in turn gives his or her report: sales up, products shipped, hits on the website, suppliers paid. When it’s all over, those managers who have not been rebuked by the boss breathe big sighs of relief as they

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MAR

In today’s business world, there’s no better quality of management – especially when dealing with customers – than agility. Agile businesses stand on the balls of their feet and are able to quickly react to new changes. So whether there’s a new development in technology or customer expectations change on a weekly basis, agile businesses adapt rather than fall behind. A recent Daily Mirror article discusses five gaps that may ultimately lead to customer dissatisfaction. The first gap described by the article is the disconnect between consumer expectation and management perception: GAP 1: Gap between consumer expectation and management perception:

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Meeting Customer Expectations with Agile Business Management

In today’s business world, there’s no better quality of management – especially when dealing with customers – than agility. Agile businesses stand on the balls of their feet and are able to quickly react to new changes. So whether there’s a new development in technology or customer expectations change on a weekly basis, agile businesses adapt rather than fall behind. A recent Daily Mirror article discusses five gaps that may ultimately lead to customer dissatisfaction. The first gap described by the article is the disconnect between consumer expectation and management perception: GAP 1: Gap between consumer expectation and management perception:

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