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How our team uses Kanban to develop software

We are excited to share the way we use our Kanban board to develop software. As big fans of the expression "eating your own dog food", we use our own software to develop that same software. This approach is very helpful to ensure the highest quality and keep pushing ourselves to always be in the shoes of our customers. In this article, we will share screenshots of our board in the main stages of the process. The full board When building a Kanban

By |2022-07-25T05:43:36-07:00May 10th, 2018|Kanban, Process Flow|

Weekly Planning with Kanban – Plan once a week, deliver every day!

Weekly planning became obvious to me when I discovered both Agile methodologies and Stephen Covey. It was back in 2006 when I accepted my first position as an Agile coach for a large software organization which also gave me the opportunity to become a master facilitator of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. It was fascinating that both philosophies focused on human behaviors and continuous improvement, but they also shared the need for weekly planning. What’s great about planning

By |2022-12-06T16:29:28-07:00March 22nd, 2018|Kaizen, Kanban, Personal Kanban|

Scrumban – Blending Agile, Scrum and Kanban into a methodology that works for you

Since the original publication of the Agile manifesto in 2001, the most commonly used Agile methodology has been Scrum. In more recent years, Kanban, which originated from Taiichi Ohno’s publications back in 1988, has also been embraced as an Agile methodology after the fact because it does follow the Agile manifesto. Both Scrum and Kanban provide a framework for delivering value, but they have clear differences. Combining Scrum and Kanban into what is now referred to as Scrumban is possible, but there is

By |2022-12-06T16:25:13-07:00September 21st, 2017|Kanban, Scrumban|

Doing Being and Flowing in Kanban (5P and 3M)

Kanban is such a simple and effective approach to improving any process. As more individuals, teams, and organizations adopt Kanban to increase value to customers, reduce cost and increase innovation, it’s critical to grasp the few core elements of Kanban. To get the full benefit of Kanban, practitioners must achieve mastery of both their process and the mindset of Kanban. The latter is possible by embracing the 5 properties in Kanban (5P) and the conscious effort to manage wasteful behaviors with Muda, Mura

By |2022-12-06T16:20:37-07:00August 1st, 2017|Kanban, Lean Thinking, Toyota Production System|

Throughput and Cycle Time: Kanban Metrics to Track Performance and Responsiveness

Metrics in Kanban are all about understanding the flow of the cards on Kanban boards. In this article, we will focus only on Throughput and Cycle Time. With these two reports and their average over time, we should be able to provide any team (or process) a simple way to track their maturity over time. Throughput is about performance Throughput is based on actual data to represent the number of cards delivered in a given period of time on a specific Kanban board.

By |2022-12-06T16:15:06-07:00May 17th, 2017|Kanban, Metrics, Multitasking, Process Flow|

Kanban explained in 100 words to improve both your business and personal life

Kanban originated in Japan as a manufacturing system that applies Lean principles to reduce costs in production lines. In the 1940s, the Toyota Production System implemented Kanban to control inventory levels, reduce time to market, improve quality, etc… The introduction of this methodology within the automobile industry provided a great advantage to Toyota. The result of building great efficiency within their processes, by eliminating waste and bottlenecks, helped Toyota become the worldwide leader in their industry. Since the Kanban methodology continues to be

By |2022-12-06T16:11:44-07:00April 27th, 2017|Kanban|

Increase Your Performance Today with This Simple Kanban Concept

You don’t have to work harder or longer. You simply need to change the way you look at your goals. Research on brain imagery explains that making your brain see something is similar to actually performing the action. This is why visualization is such a key property in Kanban; the sheer act of visualizing your work will increase your chances of achieving it. There is no magic, you still have to do the work, but it’s all about how you look at it...

By |2022-12-06T16:09:47-07:00April 6th, 2017|Kanban, Lean Thinking, Multitasking, Personal Kanban|

To estimate (or not) in Kanban? Leveraging lean thinking to eliminate waste

Let's start with listing synonyms of the word estimate: calculate roughly, approximate, guess; and a common definition of the word estimate: "to judge tentatively or approximately the value, worth, or significance of". My favorite way to illustrate an estimate is simple: not accurate. There is nothing wrong with that unless the people requesting or using this estimate don't understand what the word actually means... How often have you received this request from your manager: "Can you work more on this estimate, please make it more

By |2022-12-06T16:06:44-07:00March 22nd, 2017|Kanban, Lean Thinking|

Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work – And How Kanban Can Help

Multitasking is defined as the performance of multiple tasks at one time. Experts agree that, aside from a couple of exceptions (like walking while chewing gum), multitasking isn’t really possible. Research has shown that we don’t actually do things simultaneously, we just switch back and forth so rapidly we don’t realize we’re doing it. Instead of multitasking, experts now refer to this as “task-switching.” Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work In our society, people seem to be very proud of their alleged ability to multitask,

By |2022-12-06T16:03:17-07:00March 7th, 2017|Kanban, Multitasking, Personal Kanban|

Lean Thinking – Not just for manufacturing

What is Lean Thinking? Lean thinking is based on the idea of creating more value for customers with fewer resources. It’s a way of organizing human activities so that more benefits are delivered while waste is eliminated. The ultimate goal of Lean thinking is to provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value creation process while creating zero waste. Origins of Lean Thinking Following the Industrial Revolution, we needed a way to improve the way we manufactured products. Through experimentation, we

By |2022-12-06T15:59:37-07:00February 25th, 2017|Kanban, Lean Thinking, Toyota Production System|