Lean and Kanban: An Alternative Path to Agility -Gartner PPM Summit 2014

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Lean and Kanban: An Alternative Path to Agility -Gartner PPM Summit 2014

  1. 1. Lean and Kanban An Alternative Path to Agility Chris Hefley CEO of LeanKit
  2. 2. follow @indomitableHef Chris Hefley, CEO and Co-founder of LeanKit, is a practitioner and thought leader in the global Lean/ Kanban community. In 2011, he was nominated for the Lean Systems Society’s Brickell Key Award, and he is one of the founding fellows of the Lean Systems Society. After years of coping with “broken” project management systems in the world of software development, Chris helped build LeanKit as a way for teams to become more effective. Prior to LeanKit, Chris worked with globally distributed teams in leadership positions at HCA Healthcare and IMI Health. He believes in building software and systems that make people’s lives better and transform their relationship with work. About Chris Hefley
  3. 3. Performance Time Status Quo Change The Valley of Despair New Normal Upward Pressures The Change Curve
  4. 4. Performance Time Status Quo New Normal Incremental, Evolutionary Change A Small Change
  5. 5. The Kanban Method Foundational Principles • Start with what you do now • Agree to pursue incremental, evolutionary change • Respect the current process, roles, responsibilities and titles
  6. 6. Evolutionary Change • “Kanbanize” your existing process • Kanban can co-exist with Scrum, XP, Waterfall, or whatever your current process is The quickest path to agility is to start from where you are today.
  7. 7. 1.Visualize your Work 2.Limit Work in Process 3. Focus on Flow 4. Continuous Improvement What is Kanban?
  8. 8. This is Greek to me. So are many/most project deliverables to non-specialists
  9. 9. A picture translates complexity into a simple pattern we can all digest
  10. 10. Ready In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1 F2 F3 F4 D1 F5 (3) (3) (6) - Daniel and Stephen, Developers Yay! More Codez to write! This queue replenishment process is a example of “Push” - Jon (Product Manager) It’s my job to replenish the ready queue – I prioritize the top 6 items every 2-3 days Day 1
  11. 11. In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1 F2 F3 F4 D1 F5 (3) (3)Ready (6) - Daniel and Stephen, Developers Finished One! Day 2
  12. 12. In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1F2 F3 F4 D1 F5 (3) (3)Ready (6) F6 F7 F8 F9 - Chris (Tester) Now I have something to pull - Jon (Product Manager) Better replenish the queue… Day 3
  13. 13. In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1F2 F3 F4 D1 F5 (3) (3)Ready (6) F6 F7 F8 F9 - Chris (Tester) This one is ready to deploy… Day 4
  14. 14. In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1F2F3 F4 D1 F5 (3) (3)Ready (6) F6 F7 F8 F9 - Scott (DevOps) I’m on it… Day 5
  15. 15. In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1F2F3 F4 D1 F5 (3) (3)Ready (6) F6 F7 F8 F9 Day 6
  16. 16. In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1F2F3 F4 D1F5 (3) (3)Ready (6) F6 F7 F8 F9 - Chris (Tester) I’m stuck…This one isn’t working… I’ll go ahead and pull some more to test… Day 7
  17. 17. In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1F2 F3 F4 D1F5 (3) (3)Ready (6) F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 D2 F11 - Daniel and Stephen, Developers Rock and Roll… We’ve been very productive these last couple of days Day 8
  18. 18. In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1F2 F3 F4 D1 F5 (3) (3)Ready (6) F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 D2 F11 - Daniel and Stephen, Developers Oops…can’t do that…it would break the WIP limit What can we do to help? F2 is broken… Ok, we’re on it Day 9
  19. 19. In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1 F2 F3F4 D1 F5 (3) (3)Ready (6) F6 F7F8 F9 F10 D2 F11 F12 Work is flowing nicely now… Day 10
  20. 20. In Process Done Development Test Done DeployIn Process Done F1 F2 F3 F4 D1 F5 (3) (3)Ready (6) F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 D2 F11 F12 - Scott (DevOps) Now we’re really getting some stuff done! Day 11
  21. 21. Why Kanban Systems Work 1) The means to observe the flow of work 2) The mechanics to improve the flow of work (WIP Limits, Explicit Policies) 3) The evidence to show improvement, run experiments, and make adjustments A KANBAN SYSTEM GIVES YOU
  22. 22. 1.What are we going to finish today? 2.What is needed to push this item over the line? 3.Is there any hidden WIP? Stop Starting, Start Finishing
  23. 23. Eliminate Waste Build Quality In Create Knowledge Defer Commitment Deliver Fast Respect People Optimize the Whole Lean PD System Process 1. Work-In-Process 2. Delays 3. Extra Features 4. Technical Debt 5. Handoffs 6. Task Switching 7. Defects Lean Principles nicely map to & enhance Agile IT best practices
  24. 24. The Kanban Method Foundational Principles • Start with what you do now • Agree to pursue incremental, evolutionary change • Respect the current process, roles, responsibilities and titles
  25. 25. 1. Visualize the work and workflow 2. Limit WIP 3. Manage flow 4. Make process policies explicit 5. Improve collaboratively using Kanban to become Lean Evolution The quickest path to agility is to start from where you are today. The Kanban Method
  26. 26. Resources • Stop Starting, Start Finishing by Arne Roock • available on Amazon.com
  27. 27. Resources • Implementing Lean Software Development by Mary and Tom Poppendieck • available on Amazon.com
  28. 28. Resources • Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business by David J. Anderson • available on Amazon.com
  29. 29. Resources • The Phoenix Project, a Novel About DevOps, IT, and Helping Your Business Win, by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford • available on Amazon.com
  30. 30. Resources • KANBAN Roadmap: How to Get Started in 5 Steps by Chris Hefley and Liz Llewellyn • Available at the LeanKit booth here at the show • Download at http://leankit.com/gartnerppm
  31. 31. Questions?

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