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Kanban pitfals

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Talk presented on Agile-Lean Ireland 2019 in Dublin.
Brief summary of our 3 years of "going Lean" in VzC/Fleetmatics.
Story about what Kanban gave us, where we improved and where we struggled.

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Kanban pitfals

  1. 1. Avoiding Kanban pitfals Arkadiusz Felinczak ALI 2019
  2. 2. Agile methodologies  Pure SCRUM 56% (State of Agile 2018)  Only 16% organization claims maturity  Initialy high adoption failure rate ~ 70%  Will Kanban adoptions be more sucessful?
  3. 3. Kanban – 5 principles  Visualize Work (and workflow)  Limit Work in Process  Manage Flow  Make Process Policies Explicit  Improve Collaboratively
  4. 4. Sounds Simple ? Source: https://brookestoneassociates.com/land-mines-of-change
  5. 5. 1. Whiteboard grants trasparency  Whiteboard - Information Radiator  Work items missing / not updated  Fake Process  Wrong granularity  Focus on team & stakeholder needs
  6. 6. 2. No Love for WIP limits  Lack/high/breaking WIP Limits  Low productivity & colaboration  Poor flow (high Cycle Times)  To busy to improve  Evolve WIP Limits base on CT and slack
  7. 7. 3. Gut driven decisions  Teams not using metrics  Caputered for reporting only  To unstable to be useful  Stabilize metrics  Metrics based decisions
  8. 8. 4. No Customer Focus  Lack of focus on delivering value  Poor understanding customer needs = poor product  Release cycle (weeks or more)  Instant feedback loops  Customer workshops, User Testing
  9. 9. Summary  Understand purpose behind priciples  Always look for improvements  Limiting WIP is key Kanban practise  Customer focus: delivery & feedback
  10. 10. Thank you

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