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Several years ago I published my shortest possible advice on "How to start using Kanban". Not being restricted by arbitrary limits like 140 characters, I would express these steps today as:
- See your work as a flow of value to your customer
- Start from where you are
- Visualize your work, your process and your policies
- Adopt validated changes that improve things
Note that the first three of these steps do not involve changing what you are currently doing, how you are doing it, who is doing it, or what their role is called. The changes are: to your viewpoint (Kanban is a way of seeing, as much as it is a way of changing); to your approach to change (in an evolutionary way, from where you are); and to the use of visualisation (to make invisible knowledge work visible, as well as the process and policies - like controlling WiP - that apply to it).
Public Classes (in UK and Ireland)
This 2-day Foundations Level Kanban training class (KMP I), certified by Lean Kanban University, is for managers, developers, and anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of the Kanban Method. The class includes the use of a Kanban simulation as well as exercises to design an actual Kanban system.Read more >
This 2-day Foundations Level Kanban training class (KMP II) focuses on the roll-out and daily operation of multiple kanban systems. You will consider what type of Kanban initiative is most appropriate for your organisation and how to manage and evolve inter-dependent kanban systems over time without trauma. Learn how to improve agility with asymmetrical commitment and the seven key feedback loops and cadences. The class also covers handling metrics, and setting policies.Read more >
This high-energy, hands-on, two-day course will give all team members an introduction to the fundamentals of Kanban, and the knowledge needed to be an effective team member in a service managed with Kanban, even where Scrum or other methods are also used.Read more >
As well as scheduled and private training courses on your premises, Huge IO offers a wide range of coaching, seminars and workshops to help your team use the best techniques available in Lean, Agile and Kanban practice.
Andy Carmichael is a coach, consultant, and business builder who has been at the forefront of process change in software development teams for many years. His clients include major players in finance, software engineering, utilities, and telecoms—as well as a number of startups and SMEs—all of which share the goals of gaining competitive advantage through increased business agility. He is active in the Kanban and Agile communities and is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP).
He has edited and co-authored four books: Essential Kanban Condensed, Object Development Methods, Developing Business Objects, and Better Software Faster. When not engrossed in technical work, he enjoys singing, golf, and entertaining, particularly when his large grown-up family comes home to visit.