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Kanban


Kanban in a nutshell (Visualize, WIP, Measure)
· Visualize the workflowSplit the work into pieces, write each item on a card and put on the wall, use named columns
· Limit WIP (work in progress) – assign explicit limits to how many items may be in progress at each workflow state. 
· Measure the lead time (average time to complete one item, sometimes called “cycle time”), optimize the process to make lead time small and predictable. 

Quick intro
Kanban oversimplified

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Take-away points for learning Agile tools: 
- Know your goal     -     Hint: Agile/Lean/Kanban/Scrum isn’t it.
- Never blame the tool  - Tools don’t fail or succeed. People do. There is no good/bad tool. Only decisions about when, where, how, and why to use which tool.
- Don’t limit yourself to one tool - Learn as many as possible. Compare for understanding, not judgement.
- Experiment & enjoy the ride - Don’t worry about getting it right from start; you won’t. The only real failure is the failure to learn from failure.
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