Posted on July 31, 2013 by David Anderson

Kanban and Lean - a challenging association

There a few vocal detractors and those who resent the success of Kanban who have over the years accused me of many incredibly smart marketing moves. Apparently, I cleverly pursued a Blue Ocean Strategy to skillfully separate out Kanban from both Agile and Lean. I'd love to be that clever. I should make a fortune as a marketing genius and give up my current profession! ;-) Usually these accusations are couched in cynicism and laced with conspiracy theories. People are always trying to post-rationalize what is mostly just the emergent outcome of an evolutionary process in a complex marketplace. I rarely waste any energy responding to these accusations. However, most recently, I've been accused of trying to distance Kanban from Lean. This seems a strange accusation to make against the owner of the Lean Kanban Global Conference series and the Lean Kanban University certified training business. So it worth some explantion...

Posted on July 31, 2013 by David Anderson

Kanban - the anti-SAFe for almost a decade already

Increasingly this year I'm being asked to comment about the Scaled Agile Framework (of SAFe) being offered in the market by Dean Leffingwell (and others). One of the main Agile project management software vendors is pushing it very heavily with their clients as a solution to the increasingly recognized problem of scaling Agile adoption in large corporations. It is gaining some market traction. In two specific examples, both large corporations, one in the healthcare sector, one in the DACH region of central Europe and the other in North America, Kanban advocates have had some concerns about their firm's large scale move to adopt SAFe and asked me to share my thoughts with them. I thought I'd share them with everyone else too...