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Measuring Team Performance in Kanban: Cumulative Flow Diagram

If your team is using Kanban, you probably want to know how effective your team is when using this pull technique. The approaches of measuring team effectiveness in Kanban are numerous – it would probably be possible to list dozens of metrics designed to evaluate this technique. However, in order to keep it simple, we will discuss the two of the most common metrics used to evaluate Kanban performance – and will provide a few insights on what you can learn from them. These methods are Cumulative Flow Diagram as well as Lead and Cycle Diagram. The latter will be covered in another blog post.

Both of these metrics are supported at Eylean, so we will help you understand how to make the most sense of these metrics.

Cumulative flow diagram

The most common approach of measuring team performance at Kanban is Cumulative Flow Diagram or CFD. An example of Cumulative Flow Diagram is described below.

 Cumulative flow diagram


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Webinar: Solving Microsoft project problems

We are glad to present you a brand new series of webinars. During recent updates Eylean launched features related to Microsoft project, so the plan is to talk about those features and how they can help in common problems that arise while using MS Project tool. As always we will provide practical samples and fresh ideas. Finally, there will be a Q/A session so do not miss it, go ahead and register:


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Thu, May 29, 2014 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM EEST



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Thu, May 29, 2014 10:00 AM- 10:45 AM Central Time

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Too many tools required

Project management is a process of organizing resources so that a project meets its goals, time line and budget. It is separate from other business activities and at the same time it incorporates all of them. Project management deals with three main factors: time, cost and performance. These factors also have many different components that are essential in a project like: planning and scheduling, developing, communicating, managing resources, monitoring progress, and all of these things require different tools of management.

Project management tools

Each project has its starting point which usually is the planning and scheduling phase, where you define your project goals. How well you plan them will have a huge impact on the end result of a project and, in order for a project to be successful, project goals need to be well defined. When goals are not clear, it is impossible for the team to meet them, so they need to be presented visually. Many projects focus on creating just a database of tasks, thus the end goal or plan may be difficult to grasp. Therefore, visualizing a project with an easy to understand tool is needed.

In order for a project to be completed successfully and on time, each task and phase of the project life cycle must constantly be tracked. Keeping track of every task, as well as the overall project, can be difficult without some kind of tool, especially if it’s a bigger project with many work items. What is more, tracked time of the project and tasks need to be presented in a form of charts or reports to have some benefit to the stakeholders and the team and so, yet another tool is needed. In addition to this, different project teams may need different reports and charts, which may require even more options to summarize tracked information.

Moreover, effective communication between team members is the foundation of a successful project, therefore, effective means and tools of conveying information are needed. As teams get bigger, or multiple projects are being worked on at the same time, certain barriers in communication can arise. Conveying information verbally or by documentation sometimes may not be enough, because tasks need be presented in such way that every team member should understand their purpose and in what project lifecycle stages these tasks are. Some teams may require to integrate information from other sources. Information may be passed back and forth between project leaders and team members regarding deliverables, changes in scope, and any other important issues regarding the project. It is also common for members to send important, and possibly sensitive, electronic documents to one another, including contracts, budgetary information, and detailed timelines. This means that a team may need to work with different programs or tools that may or may not be connected to one another.

Finally, project teams have to choose different project management softwares and techniques altogether, as every company is unique in some way. There is no software which would suit every company, as most of them try to provide customized solutions for a specific industry. This is why there are so many of them, not to mention that each software has its own tools, and because of this different variety, it may be difficult to choose the right software.

Eylean seeks to solve this problem by incorporating all tools that are needed in project management. This software targets distributed teams and suits any agile process. It contains all Kanban and Scrum features which can be applied to software development, manufacturing, construction, sales and marketing teams. Reports and time tracking are there as well, so you can focus on managing just those activities which create value without wasting time. Also, it can be integrated with Project, TFS, Outlook and Excel. Overall, Eylean seeks to increase productivity, transparency and efficiency in project management.

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Unlocking TFS potential with Eylean board

Team foundation server or TFS is a collaboration platform, it covers the entire application lifecycle management. It is mainly used by software developers and it provides the tools to manage software development projects. Its core functions are source code management, reporting, requirements management, project management, automated builds, lab management, test management and release management.

Team Foundation Service

Great majority of software today is built by teams, which usually include project managers, developer, testers etc. To build it successfully, team members need to communicate and to understand what is going on in a particular stage of a project, or how the project is doing overall. TFS is all about helping a team to communicate through the entire application lifecycle management, so why would anyone need to use it with Eylean?

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Planning on demand

Planning on demand is a method suited for fast paced production planning which has a dynamic, always changing environment. It is based on Scrumban methodology, which combines the flexibility of Kanban and the basic features of Scrum. The key principles of planning on demand are that you don’t plan too much, you control what is being done, your team is always occupied and a team is always aware of the situation.

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Meet Eylean at Login 2014 conference in Vilnius

Hey Everyone!

From April 10th till 11th Eylean will be visiting Startup Fair at Login 2014. Come visit us and have a chat of the future plans or bring fresh ideas of what and how can we help your business. Check the conference page here:


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Cloud is bad?

Trends make people blind – so is the cloud computing hype overwhelming common sense… Nowadays as a professional or a leader you have an opportunity to employ tons of great (or not so great) apps which should make your life easier, yet somehow you end up in need of even more services and something called cloud computing. Get a cloud they said… it will be fun they said… But some of you might already have learned a costly lesson – data in cloud is not so secure and reachable as it could seem at first. So let us talk about common reasons why one should turn away from cloud to “on premises deployment”.

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Agile and lean project management tool Eylean board v1.5 released

So what’s new?

First of all, we are glad to present you features that reached the daylight after numerous requests – tracked time progress bar on tasks according to estimated hours or storypoints and the same in task details. Now each user will be able to see the progress of a task even if it was performed for some time and put back into backlog. Take a sneak peak:

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Writing Effective User Stories for Scrum

In order to prioritize the development tasks in Scrum, it is very common to use user stories. User stories describe a certain action by the user of the software that has business value, and thereby help the team visualize and strive for the end result as well as prioritize tasks that lead to that result.

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Why should one apply Agile or Lean practices?

Have you ever wondered if Agile or Lean practices are any good? Have you searched through web and read dozens of whitepapers, videos and slide shows? Still not convinced? We challenge you to watch this 3 minute video and get a quick grasp how you can benefit not only by applying agile and lean but also empowering tools for project management.


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