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Session Overview :
Kanban has lovers for a reason. Value stream mapping and visualization helps focus on flow and identify waste. It helps you see the full value stream, from concept to cash, and see how various entities come together to deliver value. Metrics like lead time and flow efficiency help reduce batch sizes and WIP. It also helps people come out of their siloed thinking and focus on local optimization to work towards flow optimization.
But, beware! An ill-designed Kanban can also impede flow. How? People can get attached to their columns on the board. Focus can be interpreted as doing their stuff/WIP and resisting collaborating on stuff which is not on their own plate. It can create silos leading to communication barriers. Swarming in this scenario is on need basis, and it is really not the default way of working.
In this session we will discuss: what really is a good flow? Is good flow a smooth ambling stream? or Is it a stream rushing down with lot of vigor? In the stream running down with a lot of vigor- there are uncertainties to be tackled, there are multiple views people are brainstorming on, there is rework to be handled and there is a lot of collaboration going on. Midst of all these, the team is delivering great stuff- and fast! We will discuss how to increase collaboration while being focused on your work. We will explore how to maximize the benefits of Kanban and not get bogged down by the silos it can potentially create.