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How to Adopt Kanban

Adopting Kanban does not require a massive change programme. Its effects however can be more far-reaching and long lasting than any expert-led transformation. How then do you adopt Kanban?

Here's my shortest-so-far adoption guide:
Change your viewpoint (lean flow paradigm):
See work as flowChange your mindset (foundational principles):
Start from here and improveChange your process continually (core practices):
Make work and policies visible; make validated improvements Sound simple? Maybe, but it's the starting point for a journey with no final destination - no process-nirvana of global optima. Improvement, like change, is here to stay.

Note: for tweeting purposes here's the even shorter version: see flow; start here; with visible work & policies, validate improvements.

See also: "What is Scrumban?"

The Starting Viewpoint of Kanban: The Lean Flow Paradigm

When you start using Kanban you need to change your viewpoint. Look at the world - in particular look at your work - through the prism of flow. It's amazing what you'll see.

Recently I've been looking for the shortest possible introduction for those starting Kanban. +David Anderson's foundational principles are a good candidate. Taking (I hope tolerable) liberties with the presentation of these, I summarise the principles as follows (please see "There are 3 ... Principles of Kanban" for what the "dot-dot-dots" stand for) :
Start with what you do now ...Agree to pursue ... evolutionary changeEncourage acts of leadership at all levels ... It's a great starting point.
But I'm dissatisfied with this, because applying the principles alone is not enough to ensure people are doing Kanban. Everyone is where they are, and many want to change in an evolutionary way, while encouraging acts of leadership. Most of them however are not doing Kanban!
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