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Kanban in Action is a down-to-earth, no-frills, get-to-know-the-ropes introduction to kanban. It's based on the real-world experience and observations from two kanban coaches who have introduced this process to dozens of teams. You'll learn the principles of why kanban works, as well as nitty-gritty details like how to use different color stickies on a kanban board to help you organize and track your work items.
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Part1 Learning kanban
1. Team Kanbaneros gets started
1.2. The board
1.3. Mapping the workflow
1.4. Work items
1.5. Pass the Pennies
1.6. Work in process
1.7. Expedite items
1.8. Metrics 38
1.9. The sendoff
Part 2 Understanding kanban
2. Kanban principles
2.1. The principles of kanban
2.2. Get started right away
3. Visualizing your work
3.1. Making policies explicit
3.2. The kanban board
4. Work items
4.1. Design principles for creating your cards
4.2. Work-item cards
4.3. Types of work
4.4. Progress indicators
4.5. Work-item size
4.6. Gathering workflow data
4.7. Creating your own work-item cards
5. Work in process
5.1. Understanding work in process
5.2. Effects of too much WIP
6. Limiting work in process
6.1. The search for WIP limits
6.2. Principles for setting limits
6.3. Whole board, whole team approach
6.4. Limiting WIP based on columns
6.5. Limiting WIP based on people
6.6. Frequently asked questions
6.7. Exercise: WIP it, WIP it real good
7. Managing flow
7.1. Why flow?
7.2. Helping the work to flow
7.3. Daily standup
7.4. What should I be doing next?
7.5. Managing bottlenecks
Part 3 Advanced kanban
8. Classes of service
8.1. The urgent case
8.2. What is a class of service?
8.3. Managing classes of services
8.4. Exercise: classify this!
9. Planning and estimating
9.1. Planning scheduling: when should you plan?
9.2. Estimating work—relatively speaking
9.3. Estimation techniques
9.5. Planning the kanban way: less pain, more gain
10. Process improvement
10.2. Root-cause analysis
10.3. Kanban Kata
11. Using metrics to guide improvements
11.1. Common metrics
11.2. Two powerful visualizations
11.3. Metrics as improvement guides
11.4. Exercise: measure up!
12. Kanban pitfalls
12.1. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
12.2. Timeboxing is good for you
12.3. The necessary revolution
12.4. Don’t allow kanban to become an excuse to be lazy
13. Teaching kanban through games
13.1. Pass the Pennies
13.2. The Number Multitasking Game
13.3. The Dot Game
13.4. The Bottleneck Game
13.6. The Kanban Pizza Game
About the book
Too much work and too little time? If this is daily life for your team, you need kanban, a lean knowledge-management method designed to involve all team members in continuous improvement of your process.
Kanban in Action is a practical introduction to kanban. Written by two kanban coaches who have taught the method to dozens of teams, the book covers techniques for planning and forecasting, establishing meaningful metrics, visualizing queues and bottlenecks, and constructing and using a kanban board.
Written for all members of the development team, including leaders, coders, and business stakeholders. No experience with kanban is required.
- How to focus on work in process and finish faster
- Examples of successful implementations
- How team members can make informed decisions
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