Kanban isn’t just a board that you find in JIRA or Trello. It is a method to help improve the flow of work through a system. A kanban board is one way to visualize the work in your system, but use of a board alone will not improve things. Kanban, done as intended, requires discipline and the habit of continuous experimental improvement of the system. (Strangely, it has this in common with all Agile approaches.)
In a kanban approach, the team visualize their work and then improve the flow with attention to:
Kanban is process agnostic. You can use it with Agile or Scrum Teams, but also in traditional teams. The more you look into kanban, the more you will see that it has much in common with every other Agile approach.
- Kanban Guide
- 10 kanban boards and their context – version 1.2
- Blocking and Tackling – Managing Blocked Work
- Collaborating with specialized roles using kanban classes of service
- Don’t Panic – How to ensure you limit your WIP
- Elements of an Effective Scrum Task Board
- Encouraging Feature-level progress tracking in Kanban
- 5 Kanban Myths You Should Stop Believing
- Queuing and Limiting Work In Progress in Stores
- Tracking Schedule Progress in Agile
- It’s Time to Deprecate Your Expedite Swimlane and Here Is Why
- Value really does trump flow – even really bad flow
- Visualizing Agile Projects using Kanban Boards
- What is Kanban?
KANBAN CASE STUDY
GAMES TO LEARN KANBAN
- Real-World Kanban: Do Less, Accomplish More with Lean Thinking – Mattias Skarin
- Kanban from the Inside: Understand the Kanban Method – Mike Burrows
- Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow – Dominica DeGrandis
- Priming Kanban – Jesper Boeg – This mini-book offers an easy to follow 10 step guide to taking the initial plunge and start using Lean Principles to optimizing value and flow in your system. Each step consists of a section explaining “why” followed by examples of specific tools, practices and rules that have helped other teams better understand and optimize their system.
Mark Levison has been helping Scrum teams and organizations with Agile, Scrum and Kanban style approaches since 2001. From certified scrum master training to custom Agile courses, he has helped well over 8,000 individuals, earning him respect and top rated reviews as one of the pioneers within the industry, as well as a raft of certifications from the ScrumAlliance. Mark has been a speaker at various Agile Conferences for more than 20 years, and is a published Scrum author with eBooks as well as articles on InfoQ.com, ScrumAlliance.org an AgileAlliance.org.
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