The Secret History of Kanban
Kanban is one of the fastest-growing development methodologies today. Teams increasingly turn to Kanban to simplify and streamline their agile development, but few people know the inside story of how and why Kanban was created. The Secret History of Kanban pulls back the curtain and gives you a first-hand account of how Kanban went from being a colossal failure to a startling success, presented by one of the original team leaders. Learn how a team turned theory into practice, what it means for the future of Agile, and how you can apply those lessons in your own organization.
Outline/Structure of the Case Study
In the Beginning
- What was the problem we were trying to solve, and why were we failing?
Kanban to the Rescue
- A brief description of how we thought the Theory of Constraints would solve all of our problems and feed the world.
Kanban Launches, and Flops
- Despite our best intentions, the system we created was unworkable. How did we fix it?
Team Culture and Continuous Improvement
- How we learned to innovate as a team and encourage independent thinking.
- Along the way, we discovered several aspects of the process that have become the hallmarks of Kanban.
Why Is All This Important?
- Methodologies grow and change. The next great development methodology is incubating right now, somewhere out in the world. How do we encourage ourselves and our teams to constantly seek better ways of delivering value to our customers? How do we create a culture of innovation in our organizations, while minimizing risk? How do we create teams of Agile thinkers?
Gain an appreciation for the role of individual team members in the creation and evolution of process.
Inspire individuals to engage in micro-improvements to processes and systems.
Encourage people to become agile thinkers, experimenters, and explorers.
Developers, project managers, scrum masters, managers, and thought leaders.