Kanban in 30 Days

Modern and efficient organization that delivers results

Kanban in 30 Days

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Tomas Björkholm, Jannika Björkholm

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ISBN 139781783000906
Paperback106 pages

Book Description

Kanban is a simple and elegant Agile framework that helps to control and improve development processes. Originating in traditional 20th century manufacturing in Japan, Kanban has a renewed relevance today, being a crucial methodology in the world of software development. This book explores the key features of Kanban, and demonstrates how to put it into practice through exercises that will help you make the most of this unique approach to managing collaboration and production.

Designed as a 30 day action plan, this book will help you understand and implement Kanban – and start seeing results – in a month. Analyze your current situation and define your goals and wider strategic aims, and begin developing a plan to help you and your team confidently work towards achieving them. Involve your team to drive cultural change, learn how to prioritize and organize tasks and projects to efficiently use your time and resources.

Create your own value stream map to better understand your processes and identify improvement areas, and adapt and use the features tips and examples to overcome challenges you may face when implementing Kanban.

Pick up this book and experience the full results of this vital Agile methodology – fast.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Days 1-2 – Understanding Kanban, Lean, and Agile
The four foundational principles of Kanban
The six core practices of Kanban
Lean
Agile
Self-organization
How to choose between Scrum and Kanban
Summary
Chapter 2: Days 3-5 – Getting to Know Your System
Classes of services – different ways of handling feature requests
Mapping the process
What makes your customer happy?
Summary
Chapter 3: Days 8-9 – Visualizing Your Process and Creating Your Initial Kanban Board
Information dimensions
Visualization dimensions
Matching information and visualization dimensions
Visualizing different statuses
Examples of Kanban boards
Electronic versus physical boards
Summary
Chapter 4: Days 10-11 – Setting the Limits
Adding limits
Showing the result in a graph
Simulating the result
What limit should you start with?
Minimum limits
Theory of constraints
Summary
Chapter 5: Day 12 – Choosing the Roles and Meetings You Need
Introducing new roles
Meetings in Kanban
Summary
Chapter 6: Day 15 – First Day Running Kanban
9:00 to 11:00 – first planning meeting
11:00 to 13:00 – creating your Kanban board
13:00 to 14:00 – deciding your meetings
14:00 to 17:00 – start working
A few days later – the first retrospective
Summary
Chapter 7: Days 16-29 – Improving Your Process
Edward Deming and PDCA
Measurements to differentiate between improvements from impairments
Summary
Chapter 8: Day 30 – Release Planning
Basing your plan on facts
Taking control over the amount of work
Knowing your capacity and calculating the delivery date
Follow-up progress with a burn-down chart
Communicating the plan
Burn-up graph
Cumulative flow diagram
Taking control over velocity
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Learn the fundamentals of Agile and Kanban
  • Analyze your current processes and identify areas of improvement
  • Develop a Kanban board to manage your projects by using and adapting the featured examples
  • Develop a coherent strategy for collaboration
  • Improve your processes with tips and tricks to promote efficiency
  • Follow each step in this 30 day plan to ensure a smooth Kanban implementation

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Days 1-2 – Understanding Kanban, Lean, and Agile
The four foundational principles of Kanban
The six core practices of Kanban
Lean
Agile
Self-organization
How to choose between Scrum and Kanban
Summary
Chapter 2: Days 3-5 – Getting to Know Your System
Classes of services – different ways of handling feature requests
Mapping the process
What makes your customer happy?
Summary
Chapter 3: Days 8-9 – Visualizing Your Process and Creating Your Initial Kanban Board
Information dimensions
Visualization dimensions
Matching information and visualization dimensions
Visualizing different statuses
Examples of Kanban boards
Electronic versus physical boards
Summary
Chapter 4: Days 10-11 – Setting the Limits
Adding limits
Showing the result in a graph
Simulating the result
What limit should you start with?
Minimum limits
Theory of constraints
Summary
Chapter 5: Day 12 – Choosing the Roles and Meetings You Need
Introducing new roles
Meetings in Kanban
Summary
Chapter 6: Day 15 – First Day Running Kanban
9:00 to 11:00 – first planning meeting
11:00 to 13:00 – creating your Kanban board
13:00 to 14:00 – deciding your meetings
14:00 to 17:00 – start working
A few days later – the first retrospective
Summary
Chapter 7: Days 16-29 – Improving Your Process
Edward Deming and PDCA
Measurements to differentiate between improvements from impairments
Summary
Chapter 8: Day 30 – Release Planning
Basing your plan on facts
Taking control over the amount of work
Knowing your capacity and calculating the delivery date
Follow-up progress with a burn-down chart
Communicating the plan
Burn-up graph
Cumulative flow diagram
Taking control over velocity
Summary

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ISBN 139781783000906
Paperback106 pages
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