Kanban – The Alternative Path to Agility

Many people think Kanban is just a project tracking board, whether it is stickies on the wall or in a tool like Trello or Jira. But Kanban is much more. And what does the Kanban Method mean to an aspiring agilist?

The Kanban Method embraces the constant change inherent to managing knowledge work and enables IT, financial services, insurance and global organizations to become more collaborative, unified and productive in the face of growing competitive pressures and organizational chaos. This is accomplished by teaching individuals and organizations how to understand, visualize and measure systems of work to continually improve and consistently deliver effective results. The Kanban Method provides a set of proven practices and approaches that scale from individuals and teams to the enterprise.

Whether you are starting from chaos, waterfall, Scrum, SAFe, or anywhere, the Kanban Method provides tools to start where you are at and to continually evolve and improve.

Join Todd as he shares how the Kanban Method focuses on the following areas in order to drive continuous improvement:

  • Kanban’s 4 Foundational Principles
    • Start with what you do now
    • Agree to pursue evolutionary change
    • Initially, respect existing roles, responsibilities and job titles
    • Encourage acts of leadership at all levels in your organization – from individual contributors to senior management
  • Kanban’s 6 General Practices
    • Visualize
    • Limit WIP
    • Manage Flow
    • Make policies explicit
    • Implement Feedback Loops
    • Improve Collaboratively, Evolve Experimentally

Todd will also give a brief overview of an education and professional development path offered through Lean Kanban University’s certified Kanban training.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

I start with popular misconceptions regarding Kanban. The Kanban Method is much more than stickies on the wall with " To Do," "Doing," and "Done." I cover a brief history with the influences of agile, lean and to evolve the Kanban Method for managing knowledge work.

In true Kanban style, I develop the key values of Kanban incrementally.

  • Kanban’s 4 Foundational Principles
    • Start with what you do now
    • Agree to pursue evolutionary change
    • Initially, respect existing roles, responsibilities and job titles
    • Encourage acts of leadership at all levels in your organization – from individual contributors to senior management
  • Kanban’s 6 General Practices
    • Visualize
    • Limit WIP
    • Manage Flow
    • Make policies explicit
    • Implement Feedback Loops
    • Improve Collaboratively, Evolve Experimentally

In practice, what does this mean

  • Understand the system
    • If you don't understand your system, how can you effectively improve it?
  • Manage the flow of value
    • There are two parts here: flow and value. You need to understand where the value is, and then look at what is blocking flow.
  • Balance Demand and Capacity
    • Shoving more into the system is counterproductive and results in long lead times. Which can be solved by...
  • Limit WIP to improve predictability
    • Little's Law tells us the relationship
  • Find and address bottlenecks
    • This is a key part of managing flow of value
  • Make Process Explicit
    • This reduces churn
  • Incremental improvement through experiment and measurement
    • Start with where you are at, understand it, and then look to improve. Don't just grab something that may have worked elsewhere.
  • Double loop learning (process improvement & product improvement)
    • And feedback loops are critical for learning. Learning how to improve the process, and learning how to improve the product.
  • Scale through the enterprise

I finish with a brief discussion of professional development offered through Lean Kanban University

  • Team Kanban Practitioner
  • Kanban System Design
  • Kanban Management Professional
  • Kanban Maturity Model
  • Kanban Leadership Practices
  • Accredited Kanban Trainer
  • Kanban Coaching Professional

Learning Outcome

Kanban's 4 core values

Kanban's 6 General Practices

What it means to apply Kanban to a system of work

Professional development paths from Lean Kanban University

Target Audience

Aspiring agilists interested in learning more about Kanban and professional development paths

Prerequisites for Attendees

None

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