The Kanban Pocket Guide: Chapter 4 – Defining and Visualizing a Workflow

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series The Kanban Pocket Guide

Pre-covid19 pandemic definition of Kanban: “We have Post-Its up on a whiteboard”. Post-covid19 pandemic definition of Kanban: “We have a Jira board set up”. I’d love to know where the misconception that Kanban is only about visualizing work came from.  Saying that Kanban is only about visualization is like saying Scotland is only about whisky or …

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The Kanban Pocket Guide: Chapter 3 – Actively Managing Items in a Workflow

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series The Kanban Pocket Guide

I once worked with a team that had designed a Kanban board which had a global Work In Progress limit of 9.  They had also added an expedite lane on their board (a big no-no as anyone who has followed my work knows) but at least had set a WIP Limit of 1 for that expedite …

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The Kanban Pocket Guide: Chapter 2 – The Service Level Expectation

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series The Kanban Pocket Guide

Maybe you’ve heard a myth about Kanban that goes something like this: “Because Kanban has no timeboxes, items are allowed to take as much time as they need to finish.” Or maybe you’ve heard something like this: “We can’t do Scrum because we can’t finish items in two weeks.  So we do Kanban because Kanban has …

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The Kanban Pocket Guide: Chapter 1 – The Single Most Important Part of Kanban

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series The Kanban Pocket Guide

“How would you teach someone to read a Cumulative Flow Diagram?”  (Spoiler alert: the CFD is most definitely NOT the single most important part of Kanban.) It was circa 2010 and I had just met Frank Vega for the first time at a Kanban meetup.  In all honesty, I may have met Frank in passing before that, …

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How to Limit Your WIP in Kanban

One of the most asked questions during Kanban training is: how to limit WIP? But before we talk about it, what is WIP anyway? WIP is the acronym for: work in progress. Which is a flow metric that shows how many items that have started but not finished. When we talk about limiting WIP, we …

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Three Ways Kanban Helps Us Solve Complex Problems

The way to solve complex problems is to break it down into smaller pieces, start with what we know or more often, a hypothesis around an assumption we are making, and then assess the outcome to decide what to do next. Agile frameworks and techniques like Scrum, XP, Feature Driven Development, Crystal, etc. are designed …

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Collective Flow – The Rhythm of Creative Collaboration

If I only had a dollar for every time an Agile team member complained about not having time free of distractions so that they could completely focus on getting their work done… In the article Flow: The Secret of Creativity, High Performance, and Happiness, we explored Flow from the perspective of the individual and discussed …

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The Three Things They Don’t Tell You About Kanban

Motivated people, a valuable service, an experienced coach, a trained workforce. Even with all these things in place, we ran into a few challenges when using Kanban in an HR environment. Here are the three things we continue to struggle with in our ongoing Kanban journey at a major international firm. Thing 1: Tools Matter …

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Ideas para pensar sobre la implementación de Kanban

4 ideas claves a tener presente al implementar Kanban El cambio que buscamos implementar a través de Kanban como estrategia no se puede vender de manera creíble como algo que solo es beneficioso. Todo cambio trae incertidumbre y con suerte riesgos. Para acompañar a equipos y organizaciones, debemos mostrarles cómo los beneficios del cambio superan …

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Kanban + Lean UX = The Future of Agility

Box 1 frames the business problem to be solved; one could use the business problem template, the elevator pitch template, or free format. Box 2 is specific about the percentage or numeric improvement achieved if the problem was solved; the pirate metrics AARRR (#acquisitions, #activations, $revenue, %retention, #referrals) metrics are often used. Box 2 metrics …

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