Thursday, September 08, 2011

XPMan Introduction to Kanban

Tonight I facilitated an intro to Kanban at XPMan.  This was to run through what Kanban is, and introduce the 5 core properties of Kanban.

The slides for the presentation/discussion points contained the following:

  1. Visualising workflow
  2. Limit WIP
  3. Measure & Manage Flow
  4. Make Process Policies Explicit
  5. Use Models to Evaluate Improvement Opportunities

We didn't cover everything in Kanban, but hopefully people got an idea of what it is and how they can start using it.

I'd like to re-emphasis that you should apply it to your current process - it doesn't replace what you do currently it just overlays it.  Look at the stats that you get out of it, and let them drive your incremental change

Links:
Kanban Dev mailing group
Limited WIP Society, Manchester
Kanban 101
Limited WIP society

Books:
Kanban - written by David Anderson the "creator" of Kanban for software development.
Personal Kanban - how to apply Kanban to yourself!
Scrumban - applying Kanban with SCRUM
The Goal - need I say anything?

XPManchester:
XPManchester blog
XPManchester group

Thanks to everyone who turned up and joined in.  Hopefully provoked some interesting conversations and more importantly gave you some ideas to take away.

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