KANBAN WEEKLY ROUNDUP - MAR 28, 2012

Posted on March 28, 2012 by admin

 

 By Dominica DeGrandis


Apologies for the delay over the last two weeks!  I have been traveling between east coast and west coast teaching classes and speaking at conferences.  Hopefully, this issue will make up for the gap with info on tool updates and articles.

NEWS

In an irregular series of blog posts about moving from Scrum to Kanban, part 2 touches on the difficulty of committing to the right amount of work.  
http://itkanban.com/2012/03/20/why-should-we-use-kanban-getting-started/

For those Spanish speaking readers, here is a case study from Peru beginning on page 42.
http://issuu.com/softwareguru/docs/sg35?mode=window&printButtonEnabled=false&backgroundColor=%23222222

This brief summary on Real Options identifies the rules, an example and the benefits.
http://www.valueflowquality.com/real-options-embracing-uncertainty/

@marcusoft’s blogpost titled “Common Kanban Mistakes – not limiting your WIP”, argues against making work visible without limiting WIP.  He jokingly suggests, “Kanban is so small it cannot even become Kanbut. It will be just be but.”
http://www.marcusoft.net/2012/03/common-kanban-mistakes-not-limiting-wip.html

This 2009 post on throughput warrants re-reading.  It dives into the math around Little’s Law. 
http://scalingsoftwareagilityblog.com/an-agile-illusion-how-that-nice-backlog-is-actually-decreasing-your-teams-agility/

Call for participation – want to do an Ignite talk in Boston in May?
http://lssc12.leanssc.org/speakers/call-for-participation/

Nice twist on the J-curve illustration by Jason Yip in his post on Agility and startups.
http://jchyip.blogspot.com/2012/03/is-agile-too-inefficient-for-start-ups.html

 

TOOLS

Kanban Tool has been making some nice improvements recently.  New functionality supports using tags in the email subject line to set properties and add comments.  CFD data can now be exported.  Performance is faster and more color options are available.
http://kanbantool.com/blog

Silver Catalyst updates include new card types and colors for custom fields.  Check out the sample portfolio and integrate risk board examples.
http://toolsforagile.com/blog/archives/942/custom-kanban-card-types#more-942

Swift-Kanban released a new version Mar 24 that includes displaying explicit policies on lanes and additional filters for reporting. 
http://digite.com/news-and-events/news/171-digite-announces-availability-of-swift-kanban-v-143.html

 

EVENTS

Lean Kanban Southern Europe - Madrid, May 9-10, 2012 (#lkse12)
http://lkse12.leanssc.org/


Lean Software Systems Conference – Boston, May 13-18, 2012 (#lssc12)
http://lssc12.leanssc.org/

 

RESOURCES

Lean Kanban University (LKU)
http://www.leankanbanuniversity.com/

Kanbanops
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/kanbanops/

Kanbandev
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/kanbandev/

Limited WIP Society
http://www.limitedwipsociety.org/

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