Kanban

Using Work Item Ageing Charts
Kanban Metrics

Using Work Item Ageing Charts

Work item ageing charts are particularly useful for solving issues that are currently impacting your teams. Whilst other charts such...
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Option / Backlog item expiry date
Agile Backlogs Kanban

Option / Backlog item expiry date

Backlogs often become a dumping ground for ideas. Some of those ideas are good, others might need some exploration before...
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Using Input / Output charts
Kanban Metrics

Using Input / Output charts

These are not very widely used, but are one of my favourite charts for helping to manage flow. I find...
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Lead Time Distribution Charts
Kanban Metrics

Lead Time Distribution Charts

One of the really useful charts that I commonly use with Kanban implementations are lead time distribution charts. Given that...
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How to read a cumulative flow diagram
Kanban Metrics

How to read a cumulative flow diagram

Cumulative Flow diagrams can contain quite a lot of information for observations. However, they can also be a little daunting...
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Lead time scatterplots
Kanban Metrics

Lead time scatterplots

Lead time scatterplots are an important tool for a team working with Kanban. Sometimes these are referred to as a...
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WiP Limits = Focus
Kanban WiP Limits

WiP Limits = Focus

One word that I continually think of when I think of WiP limits is "Focus". Essentially, WiP limits create a...
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Kanban Books
Kanban

Kanban Books

A Listing of Kanban Related Books Over time, I've accumulated a number of Kanban books, however I don't think I've...
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Uncovering embedded options through a bias for delivery
Agile Kanban

Uncovering embedded options through a bias for delivery

I've recently been thinking about a number of experiences in my career where organisations who have a bias for delivery...
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Constant WiP
Kanban WiP Limits

Constant WiP

Dealing with Resistance to WiP Limits Sometimes teams will understand the concept of WiP limits and be reasonably open to...
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Per Person WiP Limits
Kanban WiP Limits

Per Person WiP Limits

Dealing with Resistance to WiP Limits Another technique for dealing with resistance to explicit WiP limits is to try limiting...
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Right to Left
Kanban WiP Limits

Right to Left

Dealing with Resistance to WiP Limits This is one of what will become a series of blog posts that discuss...
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Validate Assumptions
Kanban

Validate Assumptions

I’ve seen a number of common patterns over the years in relation to assumptions. Sometimes using assumptions can be useful,...
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The key to Kanban is the WiP limits
Kanban WiP Limits

The key to Kanban is the WiP limits

Recently, I ran a session of “The ship game” that was created by @klausleopold (read up more about it in...
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Why use Kanban?
Kanban

Why use Kanban?

Why use Kanban? Kanban is more than just a "board" - the Kanban Agendas explain why you should start with kanban
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Identify Blockers
Kanban

Identify Blockers

Another major cause for long lead times are blockers. Blockers are things that prevent the flow of value / work...
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Identify Queues
Kanban

Identify Queues

I often find teams that are struggling to get their work done, but many of these don’t see the queues...
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Encourage acts of leadership at all levels
Change Management Principles Kanban

Encourage acts of leadership at all levels

This is the final of the three Kanban Change Management Principles. Often this may start to emerge early in the...
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Agree to pursue improvement through evolutionary change
Change Management Principles Kanban

Agree to pursue improvement through evolutionary change

This is the first in what will be a series of short articles about some of the key aspects of...
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Start with what you do now
Change Management Principles Kanban

Start with what you do now

This is the first in what will be a series of short articles about some of the key aspects of...
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