Sep 6, 2019
This week, Daniel Vacanti is joining the podcast! Daniel is the co-founder and CEO of ActionableAgile, the world’s leading provider of predictive flow analytics for Agile processes. He is also the founder and CEO of Corporate Kanban, the premier Kanban training, coaching, and consulting partner who shows developers how to use their current software delivery processes to shorten software releases. They are among the world's leading experts in applying lean software solutions for all types of enterprises.
Today, Daniel Neumann and Daniel Vacanti will be talking all things Kanban. Daniel explains exactly what Kanban is, what it looks like in practice, the data side of Kanban and how it aids in making better decisions, the process of collecting data through Kanban, and the overall benefits of using Kanban. Daniel also gives a thorough walkthrough of how exactly to get started with Kanban starting right where you are.
What is Kanban?
Kanban is an agile methodology for managing the creation of products
With a focus on continuous delivery, Kanban has an emphasis on getting tasks done while continually improving the process
An important aspect of Kanban is to start with where you are at and not begin with making large changes right away
Kanban is also about making incremental, evolutionary change rather than radical leaps
The data side of Kanban and how it helps:
The metric side of Kanban is a way to bring objectivity into otherwise subjective conversations
Data is used to make better decisions by managing risk better, delivering value more efficiently, continuous improvement, and release planning
The simple process of collecting data through Kanban:
Define ending and starting points of the work process as a team or organization (to know when to start and end measurement)
After that, all you need from a data perspective is the timestamp when an item crosses that start point and endpoint (through this, you can begin to calculate work-in-progress, cycle time, throughput, and start making predictions)
To forecast data, Daniel recommends the Monte Carlo Simulation and cycle time scatter plot — ActionableAgile also does scatter plotting for you (all linked below)
Longterm benefits of collecting data:
Understanding how long it takes for an individual item to go through your process allows you to make accurate forecasts
Benefits of using Kanban:
Gives more accurate answers with a lot less effort than other methods
Uses lay language, which allows you to more clearly speak to your customers
How to get started with Kanban (in summarization):
Start with a basic understanding of your workflow
Define the points in which you consider work to have started and to have finished
Take a timestamp for every single item that goes through this process
Once you have that data, you can calculate cycle time, throughput, work-in-progress, all the flow metrics; and then put them into tools (such as the Monte Carlo Simulation or the cycle time scatter plot)
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