Kanban for Devops - Bay Area, CA March 22-23, 2012

Posted on February 16, 2012 by admin

with Dominica DeGrandis (instructor)

Two leaders from the Devops community - John Willis @botchagalupe and Gene Kim @RealGeneKim join us for this special Kanban for Devops class and a special evening Devops & Kanban meetup.

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. 

This 2-day workshop introduces how the Kanban Method can help Ops teams balance demand against their capability to deliver.  We begin by studying the demand on your team, department or organization and learn how to gather data to understand the capability of your system and how it operates.  Discussions and interactive exercises on the Kanban Method will address the following topics:

- Specialization and bottlenecks
- Dependencies on external groups
- Interlude from never-ending work
- Early input mechanisms
- Variable task size
- Interrupt driven work

We will also look at ways to manage risks related to the increasing complexity around software delivery and support.  Attendees play the “Kanban for Ops” version of the GetKanban game.

Working in small teams, class attendees will analyze and design a Kanban system that they can bring back to the organization to implement right away.

Based on David J. Anderson’s book “Kanban - Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business”, attendees of the class will receive a copy of the book.

Class Schedule

Day 1 Kanban Mechanics
- Demand Analysis
- Workflow Mapping
- Visualization
- Work Item Types
- Work-in-progress Limits
- Classes of Service
- Kanban Simulation Game

Day 2 Kanban Progression
- Kanban System design
- Operations Review
- Case Studies
- Risk Management
- Metrics
- Service Level Agreements (SLA)
- Variability and predictability
- How to Get Started with Kanban

Is this for you?

This training provides a useful perspective for improving work done on the periphery of software development.  If ever-more frequent deliveries from software development are increasing pressure on your teams and creating bottlenecks in the delivery process, look at Kanban to extend agility and balance to IT services and operations teams.  From Data Administrative Services to Deployment & Release Managers to Help Desk, this class covers beginning to intermediate level material.

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$1200 per person.

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About the presenter

Dominica specializes in Kanban for IT Services and Operations - with teams interacting with software development. She spent her first 15 years in software engineering deeply embedded in Development teams performing builds, deployments and environment maintenance. She has worked in organizations of all sizes, from the US Army, Boeing, and AT&T to small start-ups. Dominica first worked for David Anderson at Corbis in 2006 where she helped deliver the first implementation of Kanban for software engineering in the US. Adept at leading teams performing Configuration Management and Release Management, Dominica found a passion for improving the way development and operations teams work together.  Dominica holds a BS in Information Computer Sciences from the University of Hawaii. She can be reached at dominica@djaa.com.  Follow her on twitter at @dominicad.


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