Posted on April 30, 2012 by admin


By David J. Anderson

Yesterday’s post was inspired by my recent bike rides around my home neighborhood in Clallam County, Washington. I typically ride the last few miles home on the Discovery Trail - a bike path crafted out of an abandoned railway line that ran from Port Angeles to Sequim and on toward Discovery Bay. About 5 miles from home, the path is cut by a gravel road inside the Carlsborg, WA, industrial park. Recently, the road was resurfaced with rather course gravel, some of the small rocks measuring 1”-2” in size - fine for trucks, not so easy for a racing bike with 25mm tires. When I hit the road spinning at about 20 mph, I had only few seconds before hand to recognize the resurfacing work. I didn’t anticipate how chunky some of it was going to be. As I hit it my bike started to shake violently and bounce left and right...

Posted on April 30, 2012 by admin


My father was a real engineer. He used to get his hands dirty with machinery. He was a machinist (a turner) by trade. He spent much of the latter part of his career commissioning plant and machinery at an explosives factory. Often he or his colleagues would hand craft some of the manufacturing tools with their own machine tools. He spent a lot of time thinking about tolerances. The tolerance in the actual size of a machined part, or a manufactured component, from its specification. These are typical measured in microns, or in his younger days, fractions of an inch. In his broad Glasgow brogue he’d talk of “thous.” Precision was important but like all engineers he was a pragmatist. Perfection wasn’t necessary - near enough was good enough. I worry that recent trends in the Agile community are losing sight of the inherent pragmatism seen in engineers like my father…

Posted on April 26, 2012 by admin

Kanban - Lack of Roles is a Strength

In their mini-book, Kanban and Scrum - making the most of both, Henrik Kniberg and Mattias Skarin point out that the Kanban Method does not prescribe any roles. Often people ask about roles in Kanban, expecting to be trained to play a specific role. The response is that your role remains the same as it is today. This is a core principle of the Kanban Method - you start with what you do now and you initially respect current roles, responsibilities and job titles.

Posted on April 26, 2012 by admin


When we announced the Accredited Kanban Training program in Lean Kanban University in February some people initially believed we were announcing a certification scheme for individuals taking Kanban training. We were not! Instead we were introducing standards into Kanban training by introducing a defined curriculum and accredited training material against that curriculum. We were also providing a professional designation of Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) to those individuals that we believed to be qualified to teach the curriculum adequately. We were “certifying” trainers.

Posted on April 26, 2012 by admin

Extending the Five Core Practices of Kanban

Readers familiar with the Kanban Method as described in my book, Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business, or those who read yesterday’s blog post, will know that I identified five core practices associated with successful Kanban implementations. I am now considering extending this list to seven for a second edition of the book and a revision of the standard guidance on Kanban.

Posted on April 26, 2012 by admin

Is Kanban a Framework?

Recently, I hear some people familiar with Scrum compare it with Kanban by saying that “Kanban is also a framework” or that “Kanban offers an alternative framework.”

I know several leaders in the Scrum community promote Scrum as a framework and depending on how you define "framework," it is a reasonable definition.

Posted on April 24, 2012 by admin


By Dominica DeGrandis

Podcasts are a great forum for learning.  One can replay the important bits as much as one wants to.  This week’s kanban roundup includes two podcasts in addition to thoughtful articles on working with the Feds, variation and standups.  Enjoy!

Posted on April 21, 2012 by admin


I’m proud to be the opening key note speaker at the first Lean Kanban Southern Europe Conference in Madrid, Spain next month. This small event is an attempt to emulate the first Lean Kanban conference in Miami in 2009 and catalyze the emergence of a strong community in Spain and Portugal. It’s a 2 day event with a single track of top quality international speakers the first day with 2 tracks on the 2nd day, one offering a full day of Spanish presentations with speakers from Spain, USA, Peru and Argentina. The pricing makes the event accessible for Spanish and Portuguese attendees in these tough economic times and makes this a truly low cost opportunity to learn Kanban and meet some of the leading practitioners from around Europe and further afield. There is still time to register. Pricing starts at 445 euros + VAT. Register now! Come enjoy Madrid and build your network of Limited WIP Society members.

Posted on April 20, 2012 by admin


This 3-day masterclass for advanced Kanban practitioners, consultants, coaches, change agents and managers with pioneer of Kanban, David J. Anderson is limited to just 12 people.

Posted on April 18, 2012 by admin


By Dominica DeGrandis

A book, a game, and a tool - AND the Boston Lean Party news….. 


Posted on April 17, 2012 by admin


One aspect of our Boston Lean Party, conference week next monththat I am particularly excited about is the full 1-day open space event that will be led by Jim Benson, Lean Camp New England. It’s available as a separate one day registration for $300. Lean Camp Registration

Posted on April 09, 2012 by admin


The 2012 edition of our Lean Software & Systems Conference is almost upon us. I’m particularly proud of this year’s edition and the team who’ve worked hard to put it together. I thought I’d take a few minutes to reflect on why I’m referring to it as the Boston Lean Party and why I feel it will such a worthwhile gathering…

Posted on April 04, 2012 by admin



with Dominica DeGrandis (instructor)

Join us for our first Kanban for Devops class offered in Europe!

Kanban for Devops seeks to optimize the whole of the organization.  From business requests to IT delivery, we discover how to help work flow across different functional teams. Devops is about respect, cooperation and trust among individual practitioners and leadership.  With Kanban, we look at how using a service-delivery approach can help unify teams and promote cross-functional collaboration.

Posted on April 04, 2012 by admin


By Dominica DeGrandis

From Devops to conferences to new kanban books, this issue includes a little something for everyone.  
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