The role of metrics in TPS is crisply explained in Jeffrey Liker’s book “The Toyota Way”. He explains that Toyota prefers simple metrics and does not use many of them at the plant or the company level. Some of my peers may be surprised to hear this!
The author highlights his point with a simple example. During one of his visits to one of the Toyota plants, he was told that apart from a few basic metrics (like cost of plant operations, parts per million defects, some safety related and productivity), the metric Toyota finds most useful as a manager is the number of “Andon” pulls made by each Team Member to stop the production line. Read More…
We are very honored to publish another case-study on the successful use of SwiftKanban for improvement of Procurement Process for the Brazilian organization Poiesis. The presentation shared in this post was prepared and presented by Clarinha Prado, a consultant with Gigante Consultoria, Brazil. Clarinha has over 20 years of Business Analysis and IT consulting experience in a variety of fields, especially the financial sector. Thank you, Clarinha, for this excellent presentation!
What are the benefits of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)? Why should you care about ALM?
Overall Cost/ Benefit of an Application
It turns out not every benefit of ALM is important to everyone. In other words, different types of organizations benefit differently from ALM. In this post, I would like to share some of the most important business benefits that our customers have realized.
This is a common dilemma for teams wanting to use Kanban for ‘fixed price, fixed cost” projects. On the one hand, you have a business demand to commit up-front to a timeline and scope (and cost) to deliver a product; on the other hand, you have a promising tool – Kanban – that completely does away with any concept of time (or scope) bucketing but yet promises higher value and better quality to the customer. Read More…
Hello again! We’ve improved our card search capabilities with this update and you now have the ability to track throughput for every Smart Lane!
Improved Text Search in List Views
You can now filter card lists to show cards satisfying multiple search criteria. All you need to view list of cards with matching text is to type your search string in the required filter box. You can use multiple search strings too, just separate them with commas and search! Also, if you want to exclude search results Read More…