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
- Agree on a set of goals
- Map the Value Stream
- Define the point for input control
- Define the exit point (end point of control)
- Define a set of work item types.
If some are more time sensitive than others define classes of service.
- Analyse the demand for each work item type:
arrival rate, variance, risk, delay tolerance
- Agree with up- and down-stream stakeholders on: policies, WIP-limit, input coordination, release coordination, classes of service, lead time target
- Visualise the workflow
- Optional: install an electronic system for measurement
- Do a Standup Meeting
- Do a Operations Review Meeting
- 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!
More about Kanban
- Kanban Reading List @digite.com
- Swimlanes for Trello (Chrome Extention)
- 8 Must-Have Features of a Personal Kanban Tool
- Card Wall Update Reminder
- 2 Approaches to Handle Impediments in Kanban
- Information Radiator Definition
- Swarming – A Characteristic of Improvement Focussed Teams
- Kanban Goals – Let´s Start with Why
- Target Lead Time – An alternative to Estimation in a Kanban Setup