12 Steps to Getting Started with Kanban

The main goal of Kanban is to introduce change with minimal resistance. In his book about Kanban, David J Anderson gives us a step-by-step guide to to bootstrapping a Kanban system.

Bootstrapping a Kanban System

  1. Agree on a set of goals
  2. Map the Value Stream
  3. Define the point for input control
  4. Define the exit point (end point of control)
  5. Define a set of work item types.
    If some are more time sensitive than others define classes of service.
  6. Analyse the demand for each work item type:
    arrival rate, variance, risk, delay tolerance
  7. Agree with up- and down-stream stakeholders on: policies, WIP-limit, input coordination, release coordination, classes of service, lead time target
  8. Visualise the workflow
  9. Optional: install an electronic system for measurement
  10. Do a Standup Meeting
  11. Do a Operations Review Meeting
  12. Educate the team on the new board

… don’t forget that the teams process hasn’t changed except for: WIP-limit and pull based on class of service!


Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business by David J. Anderson

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