Some Important Points from "Software Kaizen: Kanban explained " session from Stephen Forte


  • Kaizen-to make better , continuous improvement from the lean manufacturing movement at Toyota
  • Kaizen is the way to self-criticized your work then group work
  • The agile manifesto is statement of values.
  • we value individuals and their view first over processes
  • Agile is about values not rules and rigid adherence process
  • Agile is about embracing change
  • Agile Methods XP [Past], SCRUM [Present] , Kanban [future] .
  • Kanban focus on visualization and raw materials
  • Kanban is Japanese word for "signal card" .Kaizen promotes continuous improvement
  • Kanban is about flow. Communication is about flow. Change is built into model .
  • In Kanban organize a queue. Limit Work in Progress (WIP) for each queue. There is no Sprints.


Core Practices in KanBan

  • Define and visualize the workflow
  • Limit work in progress
  • Measure and Manage flow
  • Make Process Policies Explicit
  • Use Models to suggest improvement

Building Kanban Process

Process #1

  •  Define a Process Flow
  • Identify queues
  • Visualize it on board

Process #2

  • Set your first work in progress limits
  • First time you may have to guess

Process #3

  • Break down each item to about the same size
  • Pull the first items through the system
  • Define how long it takes to pull an item through the system

Process #4

  • Establish a delivery cadence
  • Establish regular meetings/reviews

Process #5

  • Constantly improve your process
  • Daily meeting facing the board to evaluate your flow
  • Continue to tweak the WIP limits and queue
  • Formalize the improvement process

I hope this quick post is useful to you. Thanks for reading.

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Dhananjay Kumar

Dhananjay Kumar is Developer Evangelist for Infragistics. He is a 8 times Microsoft MVP and well respected Developer Advocate in India.He is the author of 900+ Blog Posts, and can often be found speaking around India at conferences and hosting free workshops for programmers across the country. So far, he has hosted 60 free workshops on various topics like JavaScript, Angular, WCF, ASP.NET MVC, C#, Azure etc. Follow him on twitter @debug_mode for all the updates about his blog posts and workshops. You can send him email at debugmode [at] outlook [dot] com

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