Starting to implement Kanban can seem a little intimidating at first, especially if you have no previous experience with it. However, you need to remember that Kanban is all about constant improvement and change therefore all you have to do is take the first few steps and soon you will be well on your way.
The methodology does not provide us with the fool-proof way to start, however it does give us the three main principles to follow through the whole process:
Visualize your workflow.
Limit the things you work on.
Optimize your cycle time.
From the three principles above we can draw 5 steps to take when starting with Kanban. The first step is to get to know and understand the current processes of the company. That is the whole process from the customer’s initial request to the final product or service. You need to know what type of tasks are carried out, what steps they need to go through, who assigns responsibility, etc. This is very important in order to understand what is happening in your company at the moment and how it can be improved in the future.
It is often thought that people in managing positions are more or less the same – they take charge, make decisions and are the center of any team. And while this is true, it is important to understand that managers differ greatly from each other just like any other employee in the company and at the end of the day they are individuals just like everyone else.
The most common way to differentiate managers is by two aspects – the way they make decisions and the way they treat their employees. This separation provides us with two very broad categories of management – autocratic and permissive, first being the sole decision maker and second only being the supervising power over the team that makes decisions for themselves. However separating all the managers only into two simple groups would be very misleading, so let’s go ahead and separate them into five!
As agile methodologies become more popular, there sometimes is confusion on what exactly they mean and how they differ. In this blog post we compare three methodologies and show how they differ across several dimensions. While there are some other agile approaches as well, we compare here the most common ones – Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban – as these are the ones that are used the most commonly. ITERATIONS Iterations are predefined timeframes, during…