STATIK (System Thinking Approach to Implementing Kanban) is the best way for you and your team to get started with Kanban. However, if you’re not familiar with the process it can be a little daunting to try and get started. Perhaps you need someone with experience to help guide you to make sure you’re getting the most out of your kanban system. We can help you run workshops with those involved in the “knowledge work” process to help design a system. Involving those doing the work also ensures that you address their key problems and get the “buy in” you need from those at the coalface to make sure the adoption sticks.
Many teams are now more reliant on tooling to represent their work than ever before. Since the arrival of COVID many teams are no longer co-located, or if they are it’s likely not every day of the week. Tooling is important because it creates the transparency and connectedness that you need in order to be successful. Some tools are purpose built and are readily adaptable to various kanban systems – others don’t have a very deep implementation which may limit the maturity of you Kanban system. Our tooling services can advise and help you through a variety of things such as:
- Creating boards for teams and services
- Linking work through various levels of abstraction (eg Strategy, Coordination, Operational)
- Ensuring the right metrics and reports are available
- Integrating with other systems
When setting out on your own, you might want some additional help along the way. Not being an expert in Kanban means you might not notice something that a seasoned coach / consultant will be able to pick up. Sometimes you just need some help and support to help get you to greater levels of maturity more rapidly. We can help you in various ways to support your improvement initiative with Kanban, keeping you aware of your blindspots and potential pitfalls that you might not otherwise notice. Having a coach also can help you fine tune your practices to more rapidly align to the culture and outcomes that you’re seeking.
The reality is with most teams when they start their kanban transition is that they are at a fairly low maturity level (often 0-1). Some teams can also quite often plateau – they reach a point and stop improving unless they’re moved towards better outcomes. There’s so much to improving maturity – making sure you have the right cultural elements in place, the supporting practices and the resulting outcomes. Having an experienced consultant their to help assess where you are in terms of your maturity and what makes sense to tackle next to get the outcomes you’re looking for, without reverting back to the existing status quo, is important if you want to be successful. We can help provide a roadmap to guide your kanban implementation with maturity assessments.