Posted on October 04, 2011 by admin


Lots going on this week with the release of a new book on performance and the Lean & Kanban 2011 conference in Benelux.  Discussions aplenty this week around kanban boards reflecting reality (or not) and the impact it has to swimlanes (or not).

Hillel Glazer’s new book titled, “High Performance Operations”,  emphasizes systems thinking in improving performance.

Pawel Brodzinski’s recent blog post, “Kanban Story: Kanban Board Should Reflect the
Reality”, hits on a kanban design decision worthy of examination.  Pawel discusses the
reasons why a board which reflects something better than reality actually contributes to faulty decisions.

A post regarding “Kanban for Network Services team” on the kanbanops board generated considerable discussion from the community this week.  Great ideas from contributors on how to handle variability due to different work item task size.  And yes, swim lanes were suggested from multiple sources as a means to manage variability.

Yet another inspiring AGILEMinds initiative, Lean & Kanban 2011 Benelux hosted by Maarten Volders Oct 3-4 included a line up of amazing speakers and thought leaders from all over the world.  http://www.agileminds.be/event/2
See twitter hashtag #lkbe11 for inside scoop from attendees and speakers.  Looks like there was some feisty debate over swim lanes and damage capacity.  We can’t wait to get a look at all the presentations!  For now, David Anderson’s slides on “Kanban - When Is It Not Appropriate” are available athttp://agilemanagement.net/images/uploads/KanbanWhenIsItNotAppropriate.pdf
Alan Shalloway’s slides on “Lean Kanban is About People” are available athttp://www.netobjectives.com/resources/slides/lean-kanban-about-people-lkbe2011

Lean Software Institute is offering a free webinar “Lean as an Organizational Learning System” with Frode Odegard on Oct 4.

Swift-Kanban offered a free webinar “Look Beyond Swim-lanes - Build SmartLanes” on Oct 4.  Apologies for the late notice on this one.


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