Kanban - improvements when you don't look for them

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Kanban is probably the simplest commonly used approach to software development and project management. With such a simple tool, which in terms of required practices prescribes close to nothing, we don't expect much change of the way we work. After all we are advised to start without changing our process much when introducing Kanban.

The interesting thing which is observed in Kanban teams in the long is something which is called emergent behavior - best practices which are seamlessly introduced without much conscious effort. What more it's pretty common that exactly the same practices were resisted when introduced by direct management action before.

The session shows how Kanban, as an alternative to top-down approaches, can be used to support introduction of best engineering and organizational practices using a few real-life examples.

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Kanban - improvements when you don't look for them

  1. 1. KanbanImprovements when you don’t look for them Pawel Brodzinski blog.brodzinski.com vsoft.pl @pawelbrodzinski
  2. 2. Kanban in a pill
  3. 3. Kanban improvements – emergentbehaviorNo prescription how to organize team or projectBig help with unveiling bottlenecksIncentives to improve the flow of workWith Kanban you don’t plan specificimprovements – they just emerge
  4. 4. Areas of improvementsProcessoptimizationsThe way teamworksEngineeringpractices
  5. 5. Example: optimized handoffs
  6. 6. Following feature’s lifecycle time
  7. 7. Optimization in handoff stages
  8. 8. Example: ad-hoc swarming
  9. 9. Typical problem solving approach
  10. 10. Natural (on-demand) swarming
  11. 11. Example: collective code ownership
  12. 12. Bus factor = 1?
  13. 13. Choosing tasks
  14. 14. Final food for thoughtThese were only a few of possible examplesDon’t buy that uncriticallyYour team is uniqueWith proper approach improvements will come
  15. 15. Kanban is like a box of chocolates…
  16. 16. Thank you Pawel Brodzinski blog.brodzinski.com vsoft.pl @pawelbrodzinski

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