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Scrumban – Blending Agile, Scrum and Kanban into a methodology that works for you

This blog was first published on Kanban Zone, but it also applies very well to Agile coaching under Torak. Since the original publication of the Agile manifesto in 2001, the most commonly used Agile methodology has been Scrum. In more recent years, Kanban which originated from Taiichi Ohno’s publications back in 1988, has also [...]

By | 2017-10-12T16:03:27+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Agile, Coaching, Kanban, Productivity|0 Comments

Lean Thinking – Not Just for Manufacturing

What is Lean Thinking? Lean thinking is based on the idea of creating more value to customers with fewer resources. It’s a way of organizing human activities so that more benefits are delivered while waste is eliminated. The ultimate goal of Lean thinking is to provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value [...]

By | 2016-07-17T18:35:20+00:00 July 17th, 2016|Agile, Productivity, Torak's Blog|Comments Off on Lean Thinking – Not Just for Manufacturing

Top 5 Reasons You Need to Attend our AZTC June Signature Luncheon Presentation: Faster, Cheaper, Better the Agile / Lean Way

When a person is agile, he or she is able to move quickly and easily with lithe, well-coordinated movements. Wouldn’t you love to be able to characterize your organization the same way? Well, when you successfully implement Agile and Lean methodologies, you can. Imagine eliminating cumbersome processes, red tape and wasteful steps. Imagine speeding your [...]

By | 2016-05-31T11:26:31+00:00 May 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top 5 Reasons You Need to Attend our AZTC June Signature Luncheon Presentation: Faster, Cheaper, Better the Agile / Lean Way

Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work – And How Kanban Can Help

Multitasking is defined as the performance of multiple tasks at one time. Experts agree that, aside from a couple exceptions (like walking while chewing gum), multitasking isn’t really possible. Research has shown that we don’t actually do things simultaneously, we just switch back and forth so rapidly we don’t realize we’re doing it. Instead of [...]

By | 2016-04-13T23:43:16+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Kanban, Productivity, Torak's Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work – And How Kanban Can Help

Supercharge Your Productivity: Combine Kanban Boards with The Pomodoro Technique

These days everyone is quick to brag about their ability to multitask. Interview two dozen candidates for an open position and you will undoubtedly hear every one of them tell you how well they multitask. This 21st-century buzzword has become a badge of honor for people both personally and professionally. It’s become a race to [...]

By | 2016-04-13T19:25:46+00:00 March 10th, 2016|Kanban, Productivity, Torak's Blog|Comments Off on Supercharge Your Productivity: Combine Kanban Boards with The Pomodoro Technique

Save Time, Get Great People by using a deselection process and a group interview

I remembered reading an article many years ago, about a company whose interview process started with the first contact and then every step until the final interview contributed towards the final decision. What impressed me the most at the time, was the fact that interactions outside of the actual interview session had a significant impact [...]

By | 2016-03-26T23:52:12+00:00 August 12th, 2013|Productivity, Torak's Blog|Comments Off on Save Time, Get Great People by using a deselection process and a group interview

Bob’s 2 word therapy… instant results guaranteed!

Whenever you or someone feels stuck and dealing with self-sabotaging behaviors, simply watch Bob the world's most efficient therapist. He has a clear pricing structure, sessions are kept short and it's simple to remember. Forget about a Freudian approach and just enjoy a dose of Newhartian therapy...Did this video help you get passed what is preventing you from achieving your goals? Do you need to watch [...]

By | 2017-10-12T16:09:37+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Coaching, Productivity, Torak's Blog|Comments Off on Bob’s 2 word therapy… instant results guaranteed!

Looking at other Note Apps, now that Catch is no more!

This week I was very surprise to see the message below, when I tried to access my Catch account... Catch has made the difficult decision to take the company in a different direction. As such, we will be terminating service next month. We value our users and have greatly enjoyed providing Catch to millions of people over [...]

By | 2016-03-26T23:52:45+00:00 August 4th, 2013|Productivity, Torak's Blog|Comments Off on Looking at other Note Apps, now that Catch is no more!

Genghis Khan, discovering an early Agile leader

The most successful conquerors in history do not begin their lives lusting for total domination. Genghis Khan's first military campaigns grew out of the need to rescue his kidnapped Mother and then to unite a scattered people in a common cause. The Agile framework was born out of the necessity for a better, more unified [...]

By | 2016-06-24T16:37:26+00:00 June 5th, 2012|Agile, Torak's Blog|Comments Off on Genghis Khan, discovering an early Agile leader

First PMI-ACP class – Positive Feedback!

Well the first PMI-ACP class was offered last week and based on the feedback forms and the personal comments about the course from the attendees, it's safe to say that we are on to something very positive! The intent of this class is not only to pass the PMI-ACP exam the first time but to [...]

By | 2016-03-26T23:54:36+00:00 February 1st, 2012|Agile, Coaching, Torak's Blog|Comments Off on First PMI-ACP class – Positive Feedback!