Category Archives: Kanban

Kanban boards

What is this? “It’s a Kanban board” is the most common answer. It’s not. It might be an “Agile Board” or a “Scrum Board”, but it’s not a Kanban board. Here’s why. Although 看板 (Kanban) has multiple meanings in Japanese, what we (and the people who claim boards like the one above are Kanban boards) mean… Read More »

Where is Agile on the adoption curve?

Where are Agile and Scrum on the adoption curve? What about Kanban? XP? SAFe? Waterfall? This is what we recently asked attendees at the London Agile Discussion Group. What is the adoption curve? The Diffusion of Innovations, or adoption curve, seeks to explain how, why and at what rate new ideas and innovations spread. The… Read More »

New 1-day Kanban bootcamp

We have noticed that interest in the Kanban Method has been growing steadily over the years. We have always resisted creating a Kanban-focused bootcamp because we feel that it is difficult to give a one-approach-fits-all summary of Kanban; we much prefer a tailor-made approach through coaching. However, some of our private clients have requested a… Read More »

Please don’t reduce my queue

I spend most of my time talking to people about identifying bottlenecks in their system so they can improve the flow of work passing through it. It doesn’t matter whether it is building software, creating physical tools, or writing policy within government. However, a recent article about a theme park in The Netherlands made me… Read More »

The Goal becomes graphic

What’s your favourite business-focused book? Someone asked me this the other day. Although I considered Dan Pink’s Drive, Cialdini’s Influence, Duckworth’s Grit, Hubbard’s How to Measure Anything and a raft of others, it had to be Goldratt’s The Goal. Now it’s in graphic form!   The book, first published in 1984, was not just the best explanation of the… Read More »

Portfolio Kanban and Prioritising with Cost of Delay

Portfolio Kanban is exactly what it sounds like – applying the Kanban Method to manage work at portfolio level. Essentially, creating a system to manage options: epics, projects or any work at a level where it hasn’t been decomposed by a delivery team for implementation. There isn’t a huge amount of reference material out there specifically… Read More »

An Obsession with Labels

Having spent the last 5 years working in retail, and specifically high end fashion, I’ve seen a lot of obsessing over labels. You might expect that of the retail fashion industry, but it seems this obsession with labels has made its way into the software development community too. Using a framework like Scrum is a great way to start the… Read More »