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The Kanban paradox

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I’m a big fan of David Anderson’s Kanban method, I always said my brand of “Agile” was heavily infused with Lean before David presented Kanban. In the same way that Kent Beck said Extreme Programming was about “turning the dials up to 10” David turned the Lean ideas behind Agile up to 10 and in the process dropped a lot ...

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From Scrum to Kanban

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This month marks one year from the time we switched from Scrum to Kanban. I find it is a good time for us to review the impact of this change. Our Scrum I have experienced two working environment that practice Scrum and still they are quite different. That why it may be more valuable if we start with sharing of ...

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Kanban from a Trench

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Introduction After forming part of a software project team that got underway with a significant project at the BBC Worldwide in 2013, I felt that it would be useful to release a few notes about my experience of Kanban and how it helps to deliver good quality software to customers. Here are some notes that I prepared in order to ...

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Focus in Chaos: Why I Like Kanban for Startups

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It’s okay if you don’t know exactly where you’re going  – because things are always changing – just so long as you’re focused on the Right Things. BUT, this is really hard at a startup precisely because everything is always changing. It’s essential that your developers are okay with these points. It drives me a little crazy every time I ...

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Predictability – Making Promises you can Keep

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Speed – being first to market, rapid innovation and conducting fast cheap experiments – is critically important to startups and many high tech firms. This is where Lean Startup ideas and Continuous Deployment come in. And this is why many companies are following Agile development, to design and deliver software quickly and flexibly, incorporating feedback and responding to change. But ...

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Can you get by without estimating? Should you try?

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Estimating remains one of the hardest problems in software development. So hard in fact that more people lately are advocating that we shouldn’t bother estimating at all. David Anderson, the man behind Kanban, says that we should stop estimating, and that estimates are a waste of time. In his case study about introducing Kanban ideas at Microsoft, one of the ...

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What can you get out of Kanban?

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I’ve spent the last year or so learning more about Kanban, how to use it in software development and IT operations. It’s definitely getting a lot of attention, and I want to see if it can help our development and operations teams work better. What to Read, What to Read? There’s a lot to read on Kanban – but not ...

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Five Step Illustrated Guide to Setup a Kanban System in an Enterprise Organization

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We’ve been through a significant number of Kanban implementations and our approach has largely been based on the approach outlined in David J. Andersons Kanban book. During our travels, we find that we sometimes need to make certain adjustments to the standard steps and during our recent work with a large-scale organizational transformation where we are applying Kanban across the ...

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What Scrum, Kanban, RUP, and ITIL All Have In Common (which causes them to fail)

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Putting aside the considerable differences in these methods, RUP, CMMI, Scrum, etc are foremost all products, built using a traditional product development approach. This means they have users. Coaches, Managers, Developers, and other knowledge workers who desperately want to achieve better outcomes delivering business technology solutions. These folks read the case studies that accompany these methods and dream of emulating ...

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