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Who Owns Kanban?

Lean Kanban University logoLean Kanban University accredited Kanban training program there has been some commentary questioning whether I and LKU have the right to assert ourselves with such authority. These issues are worth addressing. The questioners suggest whether I invented Kanban or own it and if not then what gives LKU legitimacy to trade as we intend to do, offering standardized accredited training delivered by accredited trainers? While these questions are coming from outside the community and it would be easy to dismiss them as coming from disgruntled people with an axe to grind or sour grapes to squash, I believe the questions are worth addressing.

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Effort Tracking with Kanban

Software development using Kanban principles has not focused on Effort Tracking (though there hasn’t been a strong position against the same). At Digité, we were practitioners of Iterative Software Development. As part of this process, we emphasized on Daily Effort Tracking (time filing) for several reasons: A) Since we have geographically distributed teams, it helped us get a sense of what happened without chasing individual team members or asking people to send an email with their update. B) A lot of effort based metrics could be accurately computed and relied upon (especially if you have come from the ISO/CMMI world!).

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Using SwiftKanban for Customer Portfolio Management

portfolio managementIt is untrue that Kanban is only good for software change management work. Many people new to Kanban have this misconception mainly for two reasons. One is because Kanban started in a change management team at Microsoft. The other one is because David J Anderson declared that Kanban is a method for change management in the organization and that statement can be misinterpreted. What David meant with that is Kanban helps you bring positive change to your organization. Although the original Kanban description is around software it is actually context free.

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Kanban and the Focus on Fundamentals

KanbanOur Kanban journey began early in 2010 when we decided that we would build a product in the Kanban space that would address some of the basic issues we saw our prospects face in adoption of Agile methods such as Scrum and XP within their organizations that were historically used to doing waterfall or iterative or some hybrid Agile method that combined more than one type of processes. While the presence of established competitors was a strong reason to look beyond the ‘popular’ Agile methods, we also felt a strong appeal for Kanban existed because of its focus on 3 key fundamentals.

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Scrum Bangalore – Scrum, Kanban and Pecha-Kucha!

Scrum BangaloreI recently participated in a local Scrum event in Bangalore and shared my experience in trying to implement Scrum and later Scrumban within my current organization. I have shared the slides below.The event was hosted by SAP in their campus and had a keynote speaker who shared the information about Lean/ Scrum implementation @ SAP and how they are trying to transform the entire organization to a newer or “lean” way of software development.

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Participating in LSSC11: Lean on the Rise

LSSC11It was a great experience for me. The conference had a varied set of topics from Lead development, Kanban, CMMi (1 day), Risk Management, Systems Design, Kanban games etc. It was amazing to see this level of change, innovation and creativity in the Lean community and adoption in the industry. Companies and individuals are continually making effort to apply new and improved techniques and tools to the way they have been working and bring about greater productivity, quality and efficiency.

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Agility Redefined

kanban agileThere is an enormous amount of discussion and literature (in the Software/ Application Development circles?) about different processes (or methodologies), their pros and cons, their challenges, etc. While these articles are right in their own way, in most cases, they preach adoption and acceptance of one process. However, the fact is that rarely does a “one size fits all” approach work for anything – why would software be any different?

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