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  • 1. KANBAN KICK--‐START(V2)ByTomas Bjorkholm
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Visualize your workflow When you visualize,  it’s easier to see your bottlenecks and  what you see is what you can fix.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Make process policies explicit Find out, write down and make sure everyone follows good behavior that make your process flow with optimal speed.
  • 7. Use models to recognizeimprovement opportunities Use your knowledge from areas like Lean, queuing theory and “Theory of constraints” to improve your flow.
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. Step 2 – Identify your sources andprioritize
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. Step 4 – Design your workflowboard Visualize your process to include all the necessary steps Find more examples here  content/uploads/2010/12/10-different-kanban- boards-and-their-context.pdf
  • 14. Step 5 – Set the limits No good rule of thumb to suggest here. A large part of Lean is the art of finding balance
  • 15. 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
  • 16. Step 7 – Decide yourmeetings Kanban does not prescribe any meetings  But you can follow what Scrum suggests Plan – Do – Check – Act
  • 17. 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.