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Agile vs Scrum – find out differences between them

Agile represents a set of values and principles that focus on flexibility, customer satisfaction, and collaboration. It encompasses an attitude or approach aligned with these values and can manifest through various methods and practices. On the other hand, Scrum is a framework under the Agile methods umbrella that emphasises iterative progress and accountability.

How do Kanban Boards Work?

Do you use "kanban," "Kanban," a "kanban board," a "Kanban system," or the "Kanban method"? Today we explain how the Kanban board works, and what are its components and types. Get to know how it differs from Scrum Board.

How to Write User Stories

User stories are a popular technique in Agile ways of working, offering a simple yet powerful way to capture product functionality from the perspective of end users.

Systems Thinking Approach to Introducing Kanban (STATIK)

Get to know more about STATIK, or Systems Thinking Approach to Introducing Kanban - a complementary practice to the Kanban Method promoted by Kanban University and provides precise, repeatable, and human-friendly guidelines on how to get started with Kanban.

Kanban Cadences

Explore Kanban Cadences: Replenishment, Delivery Planning for service coordination, and Service Delivery, Operations, Risk, Strategy Reviews for continuous improvement.

Kanban Roles

Explore Kanban Roles: Uncover the Service Request Manager (SRM) and Service Delivery Manager (SDM). How do existing roles adapt to drive value and manage workflow efficiently?

Commitment and Delivery Point in Kanban

Discover Commitment and Delivery Points within Kanban. Elevate your understanding of work selection, customer commitment, and task completion.

Kanban Measures

Master Kanban Measures: Look at essential metrics - Lead Time, WIP, Throughput, and Work-item Age. Raise understanding of efficient workflow management.

The Practices and Principles of Kanban

Master practices and principles for efficient workflow. Visualise, limit WIP, manage flow, set policies, feedback loops, and collaborate for improvement.

What is a Kanban Board?

Master bottleneck management in Kanban. Explore Goldratt's steps - identify, exploit, subordinate, elevate. How can you optimise workflow efficiency?

Work In Progress Limits in the Kanban Method

Discover Kanban's core: Unveil WIP limits' role, from smooth workflows to bottleneck detection. Explore column, swimlane, personal, and CONWIP strategies.

Scrum Master Stances

Understand how each stance contributes uniquely to product success. This exploration will equip you with a deeper appreciation of the Scrum Master's integral role in implementing Agile ways of working, ensuring both team cohesion and project efficiency.

How to Become a Scrum Master

Let us guide you to become a successful Scrum Master, even if you start without experience. We'll explore the pathway to Scrum Master certification, detailing the accountabilities and significance of this role in orchestrating successful project outcomes. Equip yourself with the knowledge to embark on a Scrum Master professional journey!

The Scrum Guide – a Comprehensive and Practical Guide

This guide serves as a concise ‘guide to the guide’, distilling the essential elements of Scrum into a more manageable and understandable form, offering clarity and simplicity to help you quickly grasp the fundamentals of Scrum. Welcome to a journey through Scrum, where learning meets practicality.

Kanban vs Scrum – find out what are the differences between them

When should you opt for Kanban over Scrum or vice versa? What is the difference between Scrum and Kanban? Dive into our in-depth analysis to determine the best fit for your organisational and team's needs. Read the Scrum and Kanban comparison.

What is a Scrum Master? Meaning, definition, roles, and responsibilities

Understanding the Scrum Master role and their accountabilities is fundamental for anyone delving into Agile ways of working, especially those who want to implement Scrum in their organisation. As they play a crucial role in successfully implementing Agile principles, thereby optimising product outcomes or project deliverables.

The Transformative Journey to Become a Project Manager

Dmitrii's career began in a corporate world, where he navigated through well-defined rules and structures. An encounter with Tim Ferris's famous book sparked a passion for something more dynamic and exciting. So that he became an entrepreneur practising the Lean Startup approach.

The Importance of Defining Done: Why Your Team Needs a Definition of Done

Establishing a clear and well-defined Definition of Done can significantly enhance your team's productivity and success. By creating a shared understanding of what constitutes a completed work, you can improve communication, prevent missed deadlines, and increase motivation among team members. Check how and implement!

How to use the OKR technique to achieve business goals

OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) is a goal-setting framework that can help businesses achieve their objectives by establishing clear and measurable goals and identifying key results that indicate progress towards those goals.

How to use Agile beyond software to help your business transform

In the 1980s and 1990s, a growing number of software engineers noticed a new pattern emerging. They experienced greater success with their teams when working in increments and iterations.

Portfolio Management with Kanban for High Performing Leadership Teams

There is no formula for a successful leadership team. By their nature, leaders need to be decisive and confident. Combined in a team, each leader will contribute their unique style and approach.

How the Energy Sector Succeeded with Scrum Outside of IT

With Agile transformations enabling digital transformations across industries, there is no shortage of examples of Agile outside of IT. At Meirik we take into account each company’s unique context to find the optimal solution. We’re pragmatic and method agnostic.

Why your company needs a digital transformation

There has been a global movement towards digital transformation for over 20 years. The COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to have accelerated digital transformation across all industries and regions by 3-4 years.

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