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Agile organization

Pulse Room and Obeya

Pulse room
The Pulse Room and Obeya are similar in some respects, but differ in others.

What is a pulse room and why is it such a central part of Parmatur Pulse?

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Teamwork

Pulse Meeting Agenda

Pulse meetings are a stand-up meeting in front of a Pulse board conducted in 5-20 minutes. The purpose is to apply real-time management and take care of problems that have arisen during the work. Pulse meetings have become popular in all kinds of businesses.

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Innovations

SAFe is not safe

Over the years we have worked with several software companies that use Scrum alongside Parmatur Pulse. Recently SAFe has also appeared in some discussions with potential customers as an alternative to Parmatur Pulse. I can now see the same problems in all these Scrum-companies. These are problems we have never encountered with Parmatur Pulse. It has made me dig deeper and compile my own conclusions and opinions. What is happening in the companies that use Scrum and why has SAFe appeared on the scene?

“You are not supposed to feel safe in product development. It’s your job as engineers to deal with uncertainty and risks involved.”

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Parmatur

How to make a Cybertruck

Tesla Cybertruck, Wikipedia CC BY SA

Few can have missed that Tesla announced its upcoming Pickup truck back in November 2019. The truck shocked the world with its “cyber” design. The look is not a choice just to polarize the world. It is a result of how they chose to design the car.

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Key Performance Indicator Lean Product Development Parmatur App

Successful New Product Development

Successful New Product Development is based on a combination of business strategy and business transparency.

Technology companies generally have an R&D department where people work with development. It’s taken for granted, just like having a finance department. But have you, as a manager, really thought about what you want to achieve with the R&D resources? It may seem like a silly question; Of course you know what the R&D department does and why. Or do you?

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Parmatur

Chalmers Formula Student

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Key Performance Indicator Parmatur App

Pulse Room in Your Hand

Image by Niek Verlaan from Pixabay

In the 1990s, Toyota and Scania developed the Pulse-room concept, or Obeya as it is called in Japan. The pulse room is a solution to the problem with weak management control when organising work as projects. This problem was highlighted by several research programs during the 1980s. The effect of an Obeya was immediate for Toyota; in some few years they were able to develop the hybrid car Prius, and new brands as Lexus and Scion. It took their competitors decades to catch up.

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Key Performance Indicator Parmatur App

Project portfolio health check – how do the projects perform and how are the resources utilized?

Project portfolio health check

It is often hard for a management team to get an up to date overview of the company’s projects. The projects tend to slip through the grip because the checkpoints are few and far between, the projects generate largely “invisible” results, and resources go in and out of projects over time.

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Agile organization

Distributed Development

Set-up for distributed development, when development is distributed on many locations

Pulse in a company with one R&D location will have one pulse room. But what to do when there are many locations around the world where development is done? Unlike a hierarchical line organization, Parmatur Pulse is an organizational model that can easily handle distributed development and “multi-site” situations.

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Agile Pulse App

Agile Pulse App is now live

The Agile Pulse App promotes behaviours that shorten development time and maximize throughput.