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Posted on August 08, 2014 by David Anderson

Project Management with Kanban (Part 3) - Forecasting

In part 3 of our look at Project Management with Kanban, we consider project planning using probabilistic forecasting. Kanban originally shocked the Agile community in 2008 as it became known for not using several practices agilists hold dear: no time-boxed iterations; no prioritization; and perhaps most shocking of all, no estimation!!! So how do you plan a project with a method that doesn't use estimates? The answer is that you use historical data or a model of expected capability to build a probabilistic forecast of the project outcome. What follows is a short discussion of one simple and common model for forecasting a project dellivery schedule...

Posted on August 04, 2014 by David Anderson

Project Management with Kanban (Part 2) - Sequencing Policies

In this second in my series of posts exploring project management with Kanban, I'd like to look at how we build a project schedule.

We prefer not to use the term "prioritization" with Kanban because prioritization isn't something done once or periodically leading to a prioritized list, instead prioritization is done dynamically each time an item is pulled through our kanban system. Prioritization isn't an activity in Kanban, it is a consequence of decisions made dynamically based on the risk profile of available work when a pull signal is generated in the kanban system.

Posted on August 01, 2014 by mikeburrows

Implementing Kanban when there is no "what you do now"

David's recent post Kanban Litmus Test prompted an interesting question on kanbandev: How does Kanban apply if you don't have an existing process to change?

My first experience of Kanban was with a team that was still coming together. It was less start with what you do now, more start with a rough understanding.

Posted on July 31, 2014 by David Anderson

Project Management with Kanban (Part 1)

This fall, we are introducing a new curriculum to our class offerings - Project Management with Kanban. Note the subtle choice of title - "Project Management with Kanban!" It isn't "Kanban for Project Managers." Kanban for Project Managers makes as much sense to me as "Kanban for Refuse Collectors" Why would such a class be different from say, "Kanban for Grandmas"? It's all just Kanban! Perhaps the case studies and examples might be different but the curriculum would be the same. On the other hand, Project Management with Kanban" offers us the chance to provide a new curriculum, specifically targeted at managing project where kanban systems are in use and the Kanban Method is part of the organization's management approach.

Posted on July 23, 2014 by David Anderson

Kanban Litmus Test

Over the years, there has been a commonly recurring question, "Are we doing Kanban or not?" I've always answered that the answer isn't based in practice adoption but is rather a question of intent. Do you have the intent to pursue evoutionary improvement of service delivery using the Kanban Method? If so then you are doing Kanban and if not then you are not.