Sandrine Olivencia: Lean Project Management Using “Oobeya”

Source: http://www.infoq.com/articles/lean-project-management-oobeya

An article about (IT) Project Management the TPS way – project administration based on fast communication and short decision paths – eliminating “departmental thinking”.

Some highlights:

  • Need for a strong IT lead engineer – similar to the designer in the high fashion industry
  • Project Management needs technical and functional knowledge to help make speedy decisions
  • Small projects are more successful than large projects

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PMAW: Lean tools and techniques for project management

The Lean and project management missions are largely the same in delivering customer value. But some Lean tools and methodologies are directly applicable to project management. These include:

  • Value stream mapping. Lean organizations align themselves along value streams, charting the continuous flow to the customer, irrespective of the category of work. The value stream is more linear than the work breakdown structure (WBS) of project management, which is typically aligned along functions and work packages. Continue reading