Five Main Rules Visualize your workflow Limit the things you work on Measure and manage flow and optimize on cycle time Make process policies explicit Use models to recognize improvement opportunities. http://www.crisp.se/articles/kanban-kick-start-v2.pdf
Visualize your workflow When you visualize, it’s easier to see your bottlenecks and what you see is what you can fix.
Limit the things you work on Make sure you focus on a few things at a time. Focus on finishing things instead of starting. Stop queues from forming within your system.
Measure and manage flow andoptimize on cycle time that is the time it takes from when you start working on something until it’s done, released and you start earning money from it
Make process policies explicit Find out, write down and make sure everyone follows good behavior that make your process flow with optimal speed.
Use models to recognizeimprovement opportunities Use your knowledge from areas like Lean, queuing theory and “Theory of constraints” to improve your flow.
What is Lean for SoftwareDevelopment?“Deliver continually increasing customer value - In the shortest possible timeframe - Expending continually decreasing effort - With the highest possible quality” - By Mary Poppendieck
An approach to get started withKanban Step 1 – Get to know your system Step 2 – Identify your sources and prioritize Step 3 – Find your process Step 4 – Design your workflow board Step 5 – Set the limits Step 6 – Decide the roles Step 7 – Decide your meetings Step 8 - Set up your principles and policies
Step 1 – Get to know yoursystem System everything that happens from the point where you get a request from a customer until you have fulfilled the request Make sure your Kanban system fulfill it
Step 3 – Find your process Before you design your workflow board you need to figure out your process. Maybe you have separate flows for different kinds of tasks.
Step 4 – Design your workflowboard Visualize your process to include all the necessary steps Find more examples here http://blog.crisp.se/wp- content/uploads/2010/12/10-different-kanban- boards-and-their-context.pdf
Step 5 – Set the limits No good rule of thumb to suggest here. A large part of Lean is the art of finding balance
Step 6 – Decide the roles Kanban does not prescribe any roles. Its up to every company and team to decide. Adding a role could help minimize the cycle time
Step 7 – Decide yourmeetings Kanban does not prescribe any meetings But you can follow what Scrum suggests Plan – Do – Check – Act
Step 8 - Set up your principlesand policies Your principles should help you become more aligned with what your customers’ need Some examples Findand fix failures early. Keep it small and simple Cost grows exponentially over growth of complexity Everyone is responsible for the flow Upstream: make sure you get what you need to do your work. Downstream: make sure to help the next step to get a good start.
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