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Agile Transformation with Kanban

Once you are ready to scale your Agile Transformation, don’t complicate everything with a heavy framework like SAFe, instead keep it simple and just focus on creating the ideal flow of work across connected Kanban boards within your organization. Why be SAFe, when you can be courageous by truly developing the model that works for your organization.

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You are welcome to add additional levels, but shaping your organization with only these 3 levels (Strategy, Discovery, Delivery) will help you get started.

The Portfolio Kanban board ensures at the Strategy level that you have alignment to your Agile transformation goals and that every area of your organization is clear on the key initiatives to focus on now. The Discovery level is organized around your specific value streams, by grouping areas and leaders to work together on common projects/features. Lastly the Delivery level is where all your teams have their specific process visualized on Kanban boards to deliver value as efficiently as possible.

Agile Artifacts

When transforming an organization to unleash the full benefits of Agile, we provide multiple Agile artifacts, to create the ideal Portfolio Kanban system.

  • Agile Canvas
    The first step in visualizing the ideal flow of work is to define the ideal organizational structure. Your coach will facilitate a session to produce your Agile Canvas. This team building exercise will serve as an overlay to get work Done! It will also help clarify key roles and responsibilities.
  • Agile Playbook
    Based on your culture and internal terminology, we will publish a short and simple way to work as an effective organization. This document defines all the key artifacts, events and overall processes that you have implemented to ensure the most efficient way to play the game of Agile for your organization.
  • Agile Roadshow
    Clearly explain to your employees, partners, investors and customers Why, What and How you do Agile and use it a competitive advantage. This short presentation will help you onboard or educate anyone who joins or needs to collaborate efficiently with your organization for a successful Agile transformation.
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Portfolio Kanban System for Agile Transformation

Embrace a visual way to orchestrate the most efficient Agile transformation for your organization by connecting 3 levels of Kanban boards.

  1. Strategy
    This level is about the voice of WHY by connecting your organization’s goals to key Initiatives represented as Kanban cards. The key players are executives and stakeholders.
  2. Discovery
    This level is about the voice of WHAT that breaks down initiatives into clear Features represented as Kanban cards. These features are aligned to the initiative cards and provide everything needed for a story writing session. The key players are product managers, user experience designers and solution architects.
  3. Delivery
    This level is about the voice of HOW that breaks down features into actionable User Stories represented as Kanban cards. The key players are your team members who can include developers, testers and analysts.

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Agile Flow

Once you have your Agile artifacts to embrace the Agile and Lean philosophies; and you have adopted one of the Agile methodologies (Kanban, Scrum, or Scrumban), you can implement The 5 Levels of Agile Planning. Since the goal is to create the most efficient flow of work, you have also implemented the ideal Portfolio Kanban system. Now it’s time to see all the elements in action in a simple framework that will be tailored to your specific organizational needs.

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Achieve Your Agile Transformation Goals

Whether you are starting your Agile journey, seeking to improve your maturity or simplify the way your work, we can help your organization be Agile, Lean and Kaizen. Talk to one of our Enterprise coach to assess your current state and help you define your ideal state, so that we can help you succeed with your Agile transformation.

Kanban Coach Dimitri Ponomareff

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As our expert on Agile Transformation, you can schedule a complimentary coaching
call with Dimitri to explore the way we can help you with your Agile Transformation.

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