Last week I showed you how my example blogger friend manages his blogging and life using Kanban. So lets dig a little deeper, How do you do this yourself based on last week example? Why are you writing your blog? For fun? To put your thoughts down on virtual paper? To gain a reputation as the best carpenter in the neighbourhood? Our blogger from last week uses the blog as a means to an end. He wants to enhance his professional reputation, and get invited to lecture on his subject.
We recently concluded our Annual AsiaPac customer meet – DigiConnect 2012, connecting our AsiaPac based customers in a highly interactive event that provided us a perfect opportunity to hang out with our customers, and for them to meet/ network with their counterparts and share ideas/ best practices around the implementation of Digité Agile ALM suite of products. The audience was a mix of our varied customer base, from our very first customer in India, KPIT Cummins to L & T IES. The Engineering and Technology services giant and a recent addition to our marquee customer list!
Process improvement (PI) specialists have historically dealt with the challenge of implementing PI initiatives in any organization – especially the resistance to change from the people impacted by the change. Last week, we had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of great folks at Adobe, where among other people, we met Devin Rickard who is responsible for that exact same task at Adobe. His efforts and Kanban’s ability to enable evolutionary PI truly resonate. This guest post by Devin highlights the challenges of PI and exhorts us to re-focus and think about PI from the perspective of the main beneficiary of PI – the Customer!
I’ve been asked on more than occasion how do I keep up with my blogging. So I’ll let you in on a little secret. I use Kanban. Now, you may find this hard to believe, but I find that Kanban can be used for almost anything. Kanban is a powerful tool, that helps you see what you need to get done, and how to control the load, both of which make sure that you get things done, and deliver value quickly. Well, when we don’t have a lot to do, and you’ve got stuff to blog about, there’s usually no problem.
At a training session in Kitchener Waterloo, Canada. I was asked how to visualize and handle cycles in a Kanban board. The images below show a way to do it as a physical board and on an electronic board such as Swift Kanban. Tickets within a cycle move from left to right, from one column to the next until and cycle back as many times as necessary and once done they move to the Done column at the the end of the cycle. Note that columns inside the cycle can contain their own Done columns.
I was part of a very interesting discussion at a Silicon Valley high-tech giant a couple of weeks back that focused on doing Agile with distributed teams. We discussed several aspects of Scrum/ XP practices in distributed teams – and it turned out one of the main (some said “the only!”) challenges was the ability to run a Daily Standup meeting well! Having been part of conference calls, WebEx meetings and other virtual gatherings for the longest time, this surprised me somewhat. So, in the last week’s Kaizen Camp Seattle Un-conference, I decided to do a session on that exact same topic.
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