The OpenXprocess blog is primarily about software projects and how to improve them. As well as musings on agile processes, software engineering in general, and methods like Scrum and Kanban, there's advice here too for users of process planning, execution and improvement tools - and the metrics they can provide.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
There are 6 core practices of Kanban... and I'm happy with that!
There are 6 core practices of Kanban, and in spite of my preference for 3 (see "There are 3 ... Principles of Kanban"), I'm really happy with that. (I guess 7 would have a nice golden ring to it... but now I am being silly.)
The core practices are:
Make Process Policies Explicit
Implement feedback mechanisms
Improve Collaboratively, Evolve Experimentally (using models & the scientific method)
Nevertheless I've found it useful to start a team off by emphasising three of these (no really):
Before we can manage the flow we need to see it, and so getting a Kanban board with items moving across it really is the first step. Limiting work in progress is the essence of Lean and fundamental to all agile processes. Surprisingly to most teams, it nearly always brings an immediate impact in increased throughput and reduced lead time. And finally, as the foundational principles tell us, continuous improvement is the whole point. Let's start improving from day one.