Being Lean vs. Saying you are Lean

Can key behaviors and decisions using kanban principles result in more predictable results?

Over the past couple years, my company has set a path for for improving kanban practices. By using influence based behavior models, process improvement areas for kanban practices were targeted. Using a combination of kanban coaching with kanban metrics, teams showed marked improvements for delivering features more predictability with lower cost. This experience report will show examples of how targeted team coaching can 

make a difference in benefiting team communication and feature delivery.

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Outline/structure of the Session

- Define flow 

-- Define Behavior model to influence change

- Define, compare and contrast key kanban metrics for good flow and not so good flow.

- Show some common assumptions and behaviors that can be improved for team board visualizations

- Show an example of a kanban 'balanced scorecard' and sample process for continuous improvement.

Learning Outcome

Attendees will have a better understanding of how to use kanban metrics to improve feature delivery. Recognize visual board setup to drive better team communication and behaviors for flow management.

Target Audience

Agile Coaches, Team Members, Product Owners, Anyone interested in Kanban practices


Basic understanding of kanban core principles and kanban practices.

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    Some more detail around the content and mechanics would be helpful for reviewers.

     - George

    • Howard Meyers
      By Howard Meyers  ~  1 year ago
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      Thanks for a the email. I am on vacation and will reply with more details later this week. 
      Howard Meyers 

      On Jun 18, 2017, at 8:03 PM, AgileDC 2017 <> wrote:

      Dear Howard Meyers,

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      Some more detail around the content and mechanics would be helpful for reviewers.

       - George

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