Playbook Knowledge Center: Applying Agile to Hardware

Elyssa Pallai - 12/5/17 10:41 AM

At PLAYBOOK it's our mission to help you change the world faster! So, we have a number of free resources available on our website to help you on your Lean and Agile Product Development journey. Explore our free guide on applying Lean and Agile to hardware development...

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Playbook Knowledge Center: Lean Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 11/14/17 9:48 AM

At PLAYBOOK it's our mission to help you change the world faster! So, we have a number of free resources available on our website to help you on your Lean Product Development and Lean Project Management journey. Explore our free guide to Lean Product Development and Project Management, our on-demand webinar series and daily huddle tips...

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Playbook Knowledge Center: Cost of Delay

Elyssa Pallai - 11/7/17 10:05 AM

At PLAYBOOK it's our mission to help you change the world faster! So, we have a number of free resources available on our website. Many of you have already downloaded our free e-Book on Applying Agile to Hardware Development. There is so much more. We've gathered a number of resources on Cost of Delay that you can access here..

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How to run a kick-ass daily huddle meeting (aka daily standup, daily scrum)

Paul DeLong - 10/31/17 1:06 PM
 
Running a daily huddle seems pretty simple right?  After all it’s just another meeting.  Well not really. The daily huddle process is important. Just like in football, a great huddle or standup meeting should leave team members prepared for their next action, clear on their number one priority for the day, energized and armed with the tools they need to get it done.
 
So what makes a kick-ass daily huddle? And what are the warning signs that yours is going awry? Check out the ten tips below for running a kick-add daily huddle meeting. And don't forget to download your free daily huddle agenda at the end of this post.
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Architectural Runway and WSJF

Eric Graves - 10/24/17 9:33 AM

What is an architectural runway?

Designing a new product with an architectural runway means supporting the business' ability to "land" new features in the future with limited additional effort. But is it worth it? WSJF can help answer this question...

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Eight Short Video Interviews with Don Reinertsen That May Change Your Approach To Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 10/17/17 10:41 AM

Got time to read a book? Lately, neither do I. That's why I was very excited to find these 8 short video interviews with Don Reinertsen. In minutes, not hours, Reinertsen shares some of his product development gems...

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Innovation and New Product Development: Elon Musk on becoming a multiplanet species

Elyssa Pallai - 10/5/17 11:34 AM

 

Elon Musk wants you to be inspired. He wants you to be inspired by the future. To him, an inspired future means we are a multiplanet species...

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WSJF (Weighted Shortest Job First) and How to Calculate It

Eric Graves - 9/28/17 9:57 AM

In life, sometimes it just seems easier to continue doing things the way we are used to instead of seeking new approaches that may cause the inevitable friction associated with change. This is certainly the case with adopting the Weighted Shortest Job First approach to project prioritization. First come, first serve, right?...

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New Product Development: So you want to change the world?

Elyssa Pallai - 8/31/17 1:32 PM

Remember when you wanted to be a super hero?

Not like Superman, but someone who changed the world with great ideas that became cool products. A medical device that transforms patient outcomes, a car that gets 100 mpg but is still fun to drive, an airplane that is silent, roads that melt snow and fix themselves… 

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6 Habits of Highly Successful Lean Product Development Teams

Elyssa Pallai - 8/15/17 10:01 AM
We left school thinking we were going to change the world and then reality hit. The fact is new product development is a complex undertaking, full of uncertainty and risk. So why are some companies (and new product development teams) more successful than others?  Here is our list of the six habits of highly successful Lean product development teams and companies.
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Where is My (Tesla) Model 3?: Or how manufacturing works by Elon Musk

Elyssa Pallai - 8/3/17 11:28 AM

Where is my Model 3? Apparently Tesla customers are still asking Elon Musk this very question. (He just released the keys to new 30 owners 4 days ago.) So what's the rub? In this video clip Elon Musk explains how manufacturing works and why the Model 3 is late.

There is something comforting in knowing that even Elon isn't immune to the problems inherent in manufacturing, including the limiting constraint...

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Best Lean Books: Achieving record speed through effective management of queues and batches

Elyssa Pallai - 7/27/17 10:38 AM

Welcome to our Top Lean Reads series of posts. In this week's post, we share our top books on setting a record pace for product delivery by managing queues more effectively and creating smaller batches of work. What are smaller batches you say? Read on...

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Innovation and Lean Product Development: Mars anyone?

Elyssa Pallai - 6/27/17 9:59 AM

Technology and innovation is alluring, mystical. And as such, once you’ve worked in an innovative company, with the innovative people that come with it, it really is hard to make the shift to any other industry.

To keep up, I scan the tech news daily. Nothing has caught my attention more than SpaceX. Reusing rockets is an innovative idea, and Elon Musk’s team just keeps innovating at lightning speed...

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Best Lean Books: Cost of delay and project economic modeling

Elyssa Pallai - 6/20/17 9:39 AM

Welcome to our Top Lean Reads series of posts. In this week's post, we share our top books on cost of delay and project economic modeling. So, without delay, here's our recommended reading list...

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9 Ways to Foster Team Collaboration

Elyssa Pallai - 6/13/17 10:14 AM

News flash. A Harvard Business Review study confirmed what we already knew--team collaboration is hard.

Yes we knew that. But the study also confirms that in complex environments, like the ones hardware development teams work in--often large, virtual, diverse, highly-educated--things get even harder.  Much harder...

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Guide to Lean Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 6/6/17 9:16 AM

Know your current product development process could use a few tweaks or maybe a total overhaul, but don’t know where to start?

We’ve pulled together a slew of resources and content for you to immerse yourself into on Lean product development. Lean really is the business opportunity of the century...

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Innovation and New Product Development: Innovators are superheroes

Elyssa Pallai - 5/11/17 10:04 AM

Is this the Renaissance of invention? Have engineers moved from geekdom to superhero status? We think so.

Because of the efforts of engineers and the rapid pace of advances, in the conceivable future we may be able to render laundry water reusable, reverse paralysis, remove carbon from the air, save the sea and maybe, just maybe, get more sleep. 

Here are six innovations that may just save our world, in our lifetime...

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Lean Product Development (part 8): 4 ways to ensure your initiative won't fail

David Paulson - 4/30/17 6:00 AM

The first attempt to implement Lean product development is critical. If you don’t get it right, there will be more resistance on the next attempt. Getting a successful pilot isn’t rocket science, but there are a few things you must know in order to prevent failure.

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Lean Product Development (part 7): Cultural resistance isn't the reason you can't implement Lean Product Development!

David Paulson - 4/27/17 11:00 AM

I often hear companies use the excuse that their culture is preventing them from adopting Lean product development, or making other positive changes. That’s too bad, because cultural resistance is actually easy to overcome—if you know how.

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Lean Product Development (part 6): The other key principles...!

David Paulson - 4/25/17 11:00 AM

In my previous blog post I introduced two of Don Reinertsen’s books and explained how they contained dozens and dozens of great ideas around Lean Product Development and Flow principles. Either of those books would keep you busy for a long time and have enough content to make great improvements in any new product development process. But as good as they are, we found a couple other sources that contribute greatly to the big impact as well.

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Lean and Agile Lessons That Make Parenting Easier (Really!)

David Paulson - 4/20/17 10:00 AM

My last blog post was about an example of great packaging design from Girl Scout Cookies, and I pointed out that we can learn Lean and Agile lessons from anywhere. It turns out we can also apply Lean and Agile principles anywhere as well. So if you want some easy tricks to solve some common parenting problems, keep reading…!

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6 Lean Ideas for Transforming Your Approach to Product Development

Elyssa Pallai - 4/14/17 11:51 AM

Effective product development teams are proactive learners. They thrive on change and active discovery and problem solving. In this environment, the need to be Lean and Agile is a given. Here are 6 Lean ideas that will rev up your already high-performing teams...

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Lean Product Development (part 5): Where in the world should you begin?

David Paulson - 4/13/17 11:15 AM

In the previous two blogs I made a compelling case for Lean Product Development being the business opportunity of the century, and then gave an example of how and why we focused on the wrong end of the value chain. Hopefully by now you’re convinced that some form of Lean or Agile product development process is worth pursuing. But let me warn you about what you’re about to find…

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Innovation and New Product Development: Lessons from the most innovative companies

Elyssa Pallai - 4/4/17 10:07 AM

So how do the most innovative companies foster innovation? Google, Amazon and IDEO share their recipes for success here...

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Lean Project Management (part 10): Daily standup meetings

Paul DeLong - 3/30/17 11:00 AM

 

This is Part 10 of our series on Lean project management for hardware development teams. In this post, we discuss the benefits of holding daily standup meetings to keep the project team focused, daily. And don't forget to download your free daily huddle flow chart at the end of this post.

We've covered a variety of Lean principles that have a direct impact on speed to market -- from resource overload to the primary drivers of success in any project. In this part, we discuss the importance of daily standup meetings for fast feedback and execution.

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Lean Project Management (part 8): Using shared team buffers just makes sense

Paul DeLong - 3/30/17 6:15 AM

What is a shared project buffer?  

To accommodate for the uncertainty in the work estimates and the resource’s availability to do the work, the artificial, invisible task buffers are replaced with a shared team buffer at the end. The published completion date (promise date) is at the end of the shared team buffer.

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Lean Project Management Part 9: Decentralized project planning and execution

Paul DeLong - 3/23/17 3:11 PM

This is the ninth part in our in-depth series on Lean project management and visual work management for hardware development teams.

We've covered a variety of Lean principles that have a direct impact on speed to market -- from resource overload to the primary drivers of success in any project. In this part, we discuss decentralized project planning and execution.

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Lean Product Development Case Study (part 3) - The Impossible Goal!

David Paulson - 3/16/17 11:30 AM

In this post, I want to share an incredible case study that demonstrates the unexpected results that can be achieved when you apply the proper set of Lean Product Development principles. This story was first told by the Engineering Director in a webinar for Management Roundtable, and there's a link to that video at the end of this post. But I'll provide an outline of the presentation here...

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Cost of Delay: 14 Critical success factors for building an economic model (part 10)

Eric Graves - 3/9/17 11:30 AM

This is Part 10 in a 10-part series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective decisions in new product development, based on economic analysis.

In this part, we discuss some critical success factors for implementing Project Economic Modeling and Economic Decision Making.

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Lean project management (part 7): The importance of working on the right thing at the right time

Eric Graves - 3/9/17 5:15 AM

This is the seventh part of our series on Lean Project Management (LPM) and Visual Work Management (VWM) for hardware teams.

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Lean Project Management (part 6): How pull task management maximizes our speed to market

Eric Graves - 3/2/17 5:19 AM

Welcome to Part 6 of our series on Lean Project Management (LPM) and Visual Work Management (VWM) for hardware teams.

In this part,
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Cost of Delay: 8 ways to increase certainty in new product development decisions (part 9)

Eric Graves - 3/1/17 11:30 AM

This is Part 9 in a 10-part series of posts discussing the Cost of Delay and making objective decisions in new product development, based on economic analysis. 

In this part we discuss how to increase certainty in our economic analysis regarding project trade-offs, in part by increasing the accuracy of our impact estimates.

Understanding the cost of delaying your product launch is key to maximizing profit.

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Cost of delay: Calculating economic value to increase profit (Part 7)

Eric Graves - 2/28/17 12:26 PM

This is Part 7 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective decisions in new product development, based on economic analysis.

In this part, we discuss how to calculate the economic value of a decision quantitatively, and how to account for uncertainty in the economic variables we change with each decision.

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What is Cost of Delay?

Elyssa Pallai - 2/28/17 10:15 AM

What is Cost of Delay?

The Cost of Delay is the amount of money it will cost the company if a product launch is delayed. It’s a metric you need to know as the cost of delay is often worth millions of dollars in profit.

We can assume then, that creating fast flow in your new product development project is critical to your bottom line! 

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Cost of Delay: Risk in economic modeling (part 6)

Eric Graves - 2/27/17 9:02 AM

This is Part 6 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective new product development project decisions based on economic analysis.

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Visual Management Tools: Manual or software...what's more effective?

Elyssa Pallai - 2/23/17 9:28 AM

Change is hard. There is no doubt about that. However, if you want to create flow among new product development teams, and ultimately speed up delivery to market, there is no doubt that the benefits of electronic visual management boards outweigh the cost of change...

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Lean Project Management (part 5): Managing the availability of resources

Eric Graves - 2/23/17 8:09 AM

This is the fifth part of our series on Lean Project Management (LPM) and Visual Work Management (VWM) for hardware teams.

In this post, Part 5, we look at the enormous impact of resource overload and variability on product development systems.

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Lean Project Management (part 4): Managing queues in Lean product development

Elyssa Pallai - 2/22/17 4:57 AM

This is the fourth part of our series on Lean Project Management (LPM) and Visual Work Management (VWM) for hardware teams.

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Lean Project Management for Hardware (part 3): Types of visual work management

Eric Graves - 2/15/17 4:34 AM

This is the third part of our series on Lean product development, Lean project management and visual work management for hardware teams.

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Lean Product Development (part 2): The Business Opportunity of the Century

David Paulson - 2/14/17 11:34 AM

People sometimes tell me they’re having trouble getting their company interested in applying Lean and Agile concepts to hardware product development projects. That's unfortunate because Lean Product Development is the biggest business opportunity we’ve seen in decades. Literally. And here’s a simple way to prove it. (Be sure to check out the case study at the end.)

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Lean and Agile for Hardware - Free eBook

Elyssa Pallai - 2/14/17 11:31 AM

The most obvious difference between hardware and software is that hard goods cannot be undone, twisted, adapted and adjusted at the same rate, or minimal impact to cost and time as software...

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Innovation and New Product Development: If you thought you couldn't learn Lean NPD lessons from Girl Scouts, think again…!

David Paulson - 2/9/17 9:32 AM

You probably weren’t surprised last week when we shared lean product design examples from Elon Musk. But did you ever think you would learn about Lean NPD and Flow from the Girl Scouts? It turns out we can. Once you have eyes for lean and flow, you can find examples everywhere...

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Lean Project Management (part 2): Which Lean practices deliver the highest ROI?

Eric Graves - 2/7/17 11:47 AM

Feeling like you are using the wrong tools to achieve your product development goals?

This is Part 2 of a series of posts on Lean product development, project management and visual work management.

In this post, we review the different Lean schools of thought, and discuss that by investing in the right (Lean) Visual Work Management tool and method, you can move your projects forward much faster -- often over 50% faster.

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Lean Project Management: What is Lean? (part 1)

Eric Graves - 2/2/17 11:55 AM

Feeling like you are using the wrong tools to achieve your product development goals?

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Lean Product Development (part 1): Positive Economics of Failing Fast

David Paulson - 2/2/17 11:15 AM

One of the topics that frequently arises when I'm talking to someone about lean product development is the concept of failing fast. They usually tell me that their culture won't accept failure as a Lean principle so they're having trouble with adoption. But when I ask them if they know about the science and economic principles behind Lean, they invariably say, "No"... 

This is part 1 of Series on Lean product development. In part 2, we discuss why Lean product development really is the opportunity of the century. 

In part 3, we share an incredible case study that demonstrates the unexpected results that can be achieved when you apply the proper set of Lean product development principles. 

In part 4, we discuss the Lean product development value chain and why in hardware development we have spent too much time focusing on the wrong end. 

In part 5, we share tips on how to get started with Lean Product Development

In part 6 we discuss other key principles of Lean product development

In part 7, we discuss why cultural resistance in not the key barrier to Lean adoption.

In part 8 we share 4 ways to ensure your Lean product development initiative won't fail.

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Innovation and New Product Development: Solving the LA Traffic Problem with Flow

Elyssa Pallai - 2/2/17 9:31 AM

New product development and innovation are the lifeblood of your company. This series explores innovation and what can happen when project teams experience flow.

My son, an avid skateboarder, had us visiting Los Angeles this weekend to explore the great skate parks that pepper the city. It’s a city that shares some commonality with PLAYBOOK's hometown of Boulder, Colorado, including over 300 days of sunshine annually, and a lot of colorful characters.

As expected, the roads were frustratingly jam-packed with cars, and unexpectedly, garbage.  The jam-packed roads got me thinking about Lean principles as we frequently use traffic as a way to explain these principles such as flow, bottlenecks, and capacity...

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Cost of Delay Examples (Part 5)

Eric Graves - 1/30/17 11:43 AM

This is Part 5 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective new product development project decisions based on economic analysis.

In this post, we review four examples of new product development decisions that can be made objectively using Cost of Delay and the other economic sensitives. As Don Reinertsen refers to it, "by using a little math."

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Innovation and New Product Development: Achieving Flow

Elyssa Pallai - 1/26/17 9:45 AM

Creating great products involves problem-solving at every stage of development.  Sometimes the barriers faced by the team seem insurmountable and the activity intense.  But ultimately, when great teams are fully focused on the task at hand, and in a state of flow, there is little they can’t do. They innovate.

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What is Cost of Delay? (Part 2)

Eric Graves - 1/24/17 3:05 PM

This is Part 2 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective new product development project decisions based on economic analysis.

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Cost of Delay: Estimating the Impact of Sales Volume, Unit Costs and Development Cost Changes (Part 4)

Eric Graves - 1/20/17 9:39 AM

This is Part 4 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective new product development project decisions based on economic analysis. 

In order to make project decisions such as whether or not to add a new feature, we need an economic model. Cost of Delay is one input into this model. We explored how to calculate it in our last post.

In this post, we explore the other inputs required to build an economic model that is effective for making economic-based project decisions such as sales volume, unit cost and development cost changes.

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Visual Project Management Software: Create flow and innovate

Elyssa Pallai - 1/12/17 10:00 AM

As engineers we are empowered to create great things - develop innovations that change the world. In order to make these innovations a reality, we need to remove the day-to-day barriers that stop us from achieving our goals. This is the purpose of visual project management software: to make collaboration across project teams as frictionless as possible and create flow….

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Cost of Delay: How to Calculate It (Part 3)

Eric Graves - 1/9/17 9:13 AM

In this post we will discuss how to estimate the per-month Cost of Delay for a new product development project. This Part 3 of a multi-part series on Cost of Delay.

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Introduction to Cost of Delay (Part 1)

Eric Graves - 1/9/17 9:12 AM

This is Part 1 in a series of posts discussing Cost of Delay and making objective new product development project decisions based on economic analysis.

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Seven Benefits of Visual Project Management Software

Elyssa Pallai - 1/6/17 4:15 PM

Why is visual project management software critical to your success? 

Visual work management is critical to speeding up your new product development projects. If your new product development teams are already comfortable with manual project boards, automating your product development project boards is the obvious next step and comes with many benefits.
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Lean and Agile? Yes, it's both in hardware development!

David Paulson - 12/15/16 10:55 AM

Lean and Agile? There seems to be some confusion about which works best for the hardware development process. This makes sense. Agile came from the software world, and Lean came from production, so manufacturers have most likely been exposed to both.

The good news is you don’t need to choose between one or the other. You should adopt the relevant parts of both because they not only work well together, they have a lot in common...

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Applying Agile to Hardware Development (part 6)

Eric Graves - 12/15/16 9:00 AM

This post is a continuation of Part 5 in this series. If you haven’t yet read it yet, please do.

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Top 10 Lean and Agile Posts From 2016

Elyssa Pallai - 12/13/16 9:44 AM

At the end of each year we compile our list of the top ten Lean and Agile posts. Here’s 2016’s.

So grab a glass of egg nog, make your way to your favorite chair, and enjoy this compilation. It ultimately shares our best insights into Lean and Agile project management and achieving project flow. Ready to make a change in the new year?...

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Agile Hardware Development (part 5)

Eric Graves - 12/1/16 11:23 AM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles to hardware, we need a different approach.

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The Top Causes of Project Delays May Not Be What You Think: PLAYBOOK's Lean Links

Elyssa Pallai - 12/1/16 10:02 AM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Product Development Links. Why are projects late? We spend a lot of time thinking about this very question at PLAYBOOK. You could say that doing everything we can to deliver projects earlier is our reason d'être! This week, check out some of the biggest reasons why projects are late and what you can do about it. You may be surprised at some of the causes...

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Applying Agile to Hardware Development (Part 4)

Eric Graves - 11/29/16 11:22 AM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles to hardware, we need a different approach.

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Applying Agile to Hardware Development (part 3)

Eric Graves - 11/22/16 11:21 AM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles, we need a different approach.

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Applying Agile to Hardware Development (Part 2)

Eric Graves - 11/15/16 7:26 AM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles, we need a different approach.

How do you Apply Agile to hardware product development?

This series is a comprehensive review of Agile and how to apply Agile to hardware product development. We look at which Agile Principles work in hardware, which don't and why, and explore best Agile practices for hardware product development.

In this part, part 2 we define Agile, the four Agile values, and how the top-3 different conditions in hardware development impact how Agile values are applied in hardware product development.

In part 1 of this series, we share the top-3 reasons why hardware is different from software product development. As a result, we concluded that a pure Agile approach doesn’t fit well in the hardware development. 

In part 3, we begin to review Agile--principle by principle--and how the principles are applied to hardware. In this post we cover the first principle, delivering continuous work.

In part 4, we delve into the second Agile principle, welcoming requirements changes.

In part 5 and part 6, we examine the third and seventh Agile principles which state that working product is the primary measure of progress. 

In part 7, we conclude the discussion of how to apply Agile to hardware product development by covering the remaining principles, 4-6 and 8-12. 

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Applying Agile to Hardware Development (part 1)

Eric Graves - 11/8/16 11:30 AM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles, we need a different approach.

This series is a comprehensive review of Agile and how to apply Agile to hardware product development. We look at which Agile Principles work in hardware, which don't and why, and explore best Agile practices for hardware product development.

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Setting a target launch date (project baseline) too early is a recipe for project delays

Eric Graves - 11/3/16 10:31 AM

Lean methods and Agile principles recognize that it’s almost impossible to get anything absolutely right the first time. Testing and iterating are part of the plan. For example, in Agile, it’s not uncommon for project teams to use the first few sprints to determine project velocity; especially when there is a new team in place. In the same spirit, developing a project plan with a launch date that the team can have confidence in can take several iterations once the project is underway...

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Agile Hardware Development (Part 7)

Eric Graves - 11/1/16 11:25 AM

We agree. Hardware product development is different than software! So when we apply Agile principles, we need a different approach.

This series is a comprehensive review of Agile and how to apply Agile to hardware product development. We look at which Agile Principles work in hardware, which don't and why, and explore best Agile practices for hardware product development.

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Is your project behind schedule? This could be why.

Elyssa Pallai - 11/1/16 10:37 AM

At PLAYBOOK we spend a lot of time thinking about how to speed up Lean product development projects. In fact, that’s mostly what we do. We take this work into the field, test it, then build what works into our software.  So what really causes project delays? We are creating a series of posts on the topic. Here are the first two. You’ll be surprised at some of our findings. In many cases, we were too!

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The invisible, nefarious cause of project delays …!

David Paulson - 10/27/16 11:11 AM

In a previous blog post, I mentioned how electronic lean/agile/kanban visual project management tools have a bigger impact on schedule that any previous solution that I can think of. And I mentioned a case study where a customer cut their development time by 85% over their industry average as represented in this graph.

When I discuss these results I always tell people not to expect the same thing—not every company gets the same impact! But I also realize that metrics like this sound impossible. How in the world could someone cut that much time off their projects when it’s so hard just to make them end on time?

Well, it’s actually not that hard to explain…

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Why is Your Hardware Development Project Late?

Eric Graves - 10/25/16 10:15 AM

The project team is falling behind schedule at a rapid rate. The major milestones and planned launch date are becoming further out of reach. You are struggling to understand why.  On the surface, the team is running full speed ahead. Does this sound familiar? Understanding the team's true availability could be the answer to your project team woes...

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Lean Case Study: SensorLink gets more than they bargained for with their free trial of PLAYBOOK software!

Elyssa Pallai - 10/20/16 10:15 AM

 

We had a chance to talk to Robert Pendergrass, Engineering Manager, about SensorLink's experience with PLAYBOOK.

SensorLink develops advanced sensing technology for utility companies, and was experiencing rapid growth. As a result, they needed to standardize their hardware development process. The team looked at a number of solutions and hardware development project management methods including electronic Kanban boards. However, they found Kanban solutions didn’t offer the ability to empower individual team members while accounting for forward planning...

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Risk Management for Hardware (Part 12): Risk Mitigation Strategy

Eric Graves - 10/18/16 10:15 AM

Making the trade-off between scope, schedule, and cost, and making decisions that maximize the top-level goal of making a profit is at the heart of risk planning. Sometimes we should forego a difficult feature or performance requirement. Sometimes we should accept a longer schedule or increased costs in order to meet that requirement. Choosing the best option is risk planning which is the topic of this post

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Prioritizing Hardware Projects at the Program Level: Another key to achieving FLOW!

Paul DeLong - 10/12/16 12:21 PM

Have you ever imagined what it would be like working in a company where you were literally supporting 3 to 30 active projects at the same time, having to juggle multiple “critical” tasks, and somehow prioritize all of your work to meet the company's strategic objectives?  How would you know you’re working on the right task at the right time, so as not to accidentally delay any of the projects, and how would it feel to have everything seem equally urgent, all the time? Believe it or not, this happens more often than you might think...

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Visual Project Management Software has a Bigger Impact on Schedule than Any Other Solution

David Paulson - 10/6/16 10:20 AM

Every once in a while, someone asks me for help in creating a cost justification for a Lean Project Management initiative. Budgets are usually prioritized by ROI or similar measure, and unless the request includes a believable description of the economic benefit, it’s going to be ignored...

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Tips for Improving Your Hardware Development Process: PLAYBOOK's Lean Links

Elyssa Pallai - 10/4/16 10:55 AM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. Innovating quickly is on the top of everyone's agenda. But streamlining your hardware development process to deliver quality, innovative products faster isn't easy. To get you thinking about where to from here, here are our top tips for improving your hardware development process...

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Risk Management for Hardware (Part 11): Risk mitigation strategy

Eric Graves - 9/27/16 3:55 PM

In this post we get to the third step in the risk management process, our approach to risk mitigation. The goal of this step is to establish a strategy to burn-down risk. This is a high-level plan for reducing project related risks...

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Time to rethink your hardware development process?

Elyssa Pallai - 9/22/16 1:42 PM

Looking to refine your hardware development process? Here are 7 principles to refine your process and deliver projects faster...

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What is Lean Product Development?

Eric Graves - 9/21/16 9:34 AM

What is Lean Product Development?  The Lean landscape is confusing because there are many flavors of Lean. But here is our definition...

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What is Lean Project Management for Hardware?

Elyssa Pallai - 9/13/16 10:19 AM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. At PLAYBOOK we've developed our own blended version of Lean project management for hardware teams. Our methodology takes the best of Lean, Agile and Flow principles and is proven to reduce project timelines and drive quality and innovation. Our software supports this method. In this week's Lean Links we share some Lean project management resources to reinvigorate your approach to product development!

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What is Cost of Delay?: PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links

Elyssa Pallai - 9/2/16 11:00 AM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. What is cost of delay and why should you care? Understanding Cost of Delay is the key to making product development decisions based on economic loss or gain. In fact, the Cost of Delay is what Don Reinertsen refers to as The Golden Key. Here are three lean links that describe what it is, how to calculate it and provide some real world examples of making project trade-offs based on their impact on profit.

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Project Management Resource Leveling for Hardware Teams - It's Critical!

Eric Graves - 8/30/16 12:05 PM

What is Resorce Leveling?

Resource leveling in and across projects is traditionally defined as “The process of using a company's resources in the most efficient way possible.” However, high efficiency is the same as high utilization, which generally results in low throughput, and throughput is where the profit is...

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Innovation and New Product Development: PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links

Elyssa Pallai - 8/25/16 10:30 AM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. Innovation is on everyone's minds. It's a primary driver of company profit. Here are some interesting articles on how to drive innovation in your organization and what trends to keep an eye on to stay ahead of the game... 

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Do You Have What it Takes to Sustain Lean Transformation?

Paul DeLong - 8/18/16 10:30 AM

Let’s face it. No one likes change. Lean and Agile transformation isn’t for the weary or weak. It goes way beyond investing in Visual Project Management solutions like PLAYBOOK. It’s a transformation!  It’s a dramatic change in thinking and behavior...

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Top 6 Hardware Product Development Posts of 2016

Elyssa Pallai - 8/16/16 10:30 AM
In the spirit of celebrating the best of the best, here are our top six gold medal blog posts of 2016. Happy reading...
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Project Risk Management for Hardware Development: How to Calculate Risk Exposure (Part 10)

Eric Graves - 8/11/16 11:02 AM

This is Part 10 of our series on project risk management for hardware teams. In this post we demonstrate how to calculate risk exposure. When done well, the risk exposure rating provides a clear indication if a risk is worth the cost to mitigate it. The higher the exposure, the higher the acceptable mitigation cost...

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Risk Management for Hardware Development: Objects impacted and taking a modular approach to architecture (Part 9)

Eric Graves - 8/2/16 9:46 AM

This is Part 9 of our series on project risk management for hardware teams. In risk analysis, it's critical to capture the objects impacted by a risk, as well as to take a modular approach to product architecture. Here's why...

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Critical Chain Project Management - It's all about the team!

Paul DeLong - 7/26/16 10:30 AM
At PLAYBOOK, we believe great teams deliver great products. To win the game of product development, you need methods that inspire team thinking and teams that know how to execute them.  Critical chain project management is one of these "team" methods. Find out about how critical chain helps product development teams work together, better.

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Product design innovation - Trends speeding up new product development

Elyssa Pallai - 7/13/16 12:30 PM

You pretty much have to have your head in the sand not to notice the changes in hardware product design innovation and new product development that are condensing product delivery timelines. Here are four product development trends worth watching.

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: Lean Leadership Training

Elyssa Pallai - 7/7/16 11:39 AM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. Looking to create flow and improve your delivery timelines? In this post we share free Lean leadership training resources, including our on-demand webinar series about Lean principles, processes and software that will truly transform your product development system. Topics covered include visual project management, managing queues and batches and more... 

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Projects are late one day at a time - 7 Lean Principles to make sure yours moves FAST

Elyssa Pallai - 6/28/16 11:02 AM

Projects are late one day at a time.  So, ask yourself, do you and your team know the number one priority for today? Why does speed matter? Because every day you are late to market, it can cost you millions. Here are 7 principles, if adopted, that can speed up your projects and create motivated, more satisfied product development teams -- that get to market faster. 

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: The Rise of the Robots, Just for fun

Elyssa Pallai - 6/24/16 1:40 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Links. This post is a bit off the topic of Lean, but totally on topic for everyone interested in integrated product development. The changes taking place with artificial intelligence and robotics are fueling industries that PLAYBOOK is definitely poised to support. Even our best futurists can't fully predict the impact these changes are going to have on our jobs and our lives. So just for fun, a creative excursion into the future!

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3 Tips for a Successful Lean Transformation

Paul DeLong - 6/23/16 10:41 AM

Whether you’re trying to quit biting your nails, snacking late at night, or transforming your culture to Lean, change is tough. For the latter it takes a combination of implementing the right practices with the right tools, and the right project team--all at the right time. However when the benefits outweigh the costs, the effort involved in Lean transformation is worth it.

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Project Risk Management in Hardware Development: How to define risk drivers and prioritize them

Eric Graves - 6/21/16 10:30 AM

This is Part 8 of our series on project risk management for hardware teams. In the last post, we explored risk drivers. In this post, we use a real life example--the risk of a product getting too hot--to demonstrate how to define risk drivers and prioritize them. 

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Lean visual project management software - Why we love what we do!

Elyssa Pallai - 6/16/16 10:37 AM

 

Let’s face it, Lean project management isn’t a topic that drums up a whole lot of interest in social settings. This is generally what happens.  Someone I just met asks me, “What do you do?” My response, "I’m the VP Marketing for a software company..." 

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Project Risk Management for Hardware Development: The 5 Whys technique for discovering risk drivers (Part 7)

Eric Graves - 6/9/16 12:23 PM

This is Part 7 of our series on project risk management. In our last post explored Step 1: Risk identification. Next we begin the analysis phase and look at risk drivers and the 5 Whys technique - a simple and powerful technique for discovering the root of the problem (the root of the risk)!

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Agile Hardware Development: PLAYBOOK's Lean Links

Elyssa Pallai - 6/7/16 10:30 AM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Product Development Links. Can Agile be applied to hardware development? It can. Here are three Lean links that discuss how.

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Visual Project Management Software: Play the game and see what you've been missing!

David Paulson - 6/2/16 12:39 PM

Does this sound familiar? Intuitively you know visual project management software is worth the investment, but how do you effectively communicate the benefits?

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Three Lean Case Studies You Need to Know

Elyssa Pallai - 5/19/16 10:35 AM

PLAYBOOK is proven to create flow and accelerate Lean product development projects. But don't take our word for it. Here are three Lean case studies for your perusal!

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PLAYBOOK's Lean Product Development Links: Building great product development teams

Elyssa Pallai - 5/17/16 12:05 PM

Welcome to PLAYBOOK’s Three Lean Product Development Links. So what makes a great product development team? Here are three Lean links that will make you rethink your approach to "team!"

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Project Risk Management: Risk identification and risk capture (Part 6)

Eric Graves - 5/12/16 10:34 AM

This is Part 6 of our series on project risk management for hardware product development. In our last post we explored the project risk management (or learning management) process. For the next few posts we will dive deeper into each step of the process. This post covers step 1, project risk identification and risk capture.

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Visual Project Management Software

Elyssa Pallai - 5/10/16 11:35 AM

Visual project management is critical for creating flow in your Lean product development projects. If you are working with manual project boards, automating your board is the next step. There are several electronic Kanban boards on the market. But simple automation of manual project boards (Kanban) often falls short. PLAYBOOK is unique, in that it combines both Kanban functionality as well as a Gantt view of your projects. Here's more detail around what sets PLAYBOOK apart.

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Project Risk Management: How to effectively navigate risks in hardware development projects! (Part 5)

Eric Graves - 5/3/16 10:41 AM

This is Part 5 of our series on project risk management for hardware product development.  Now that we have confirmed risk management has a high return on investment, it's time to explore the risk management (or learning management) process.  How do you effectively navigate risk in hardware development projects...?

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