Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Presenting at Austin JUG tonight, Kanban

Update: The presentation went well, lots of good questions and conversation.

Link to the slides: http://gistlabs.com/john/pubs/2009/05/AJUG/

I'm presenting at the Austin Java Users Group tonight, on Kanban.

The slides will get posted there and on my company website, http://gistlabs.com, shortly.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Setting up our Kanban board

Last week one of my clients and I set up a Kanban board for the team. We did it as a physical board, and we're backing each card with an issue in a tracker.

We plan to use the issue tracker for these purposes:
  • generate a Cumulative Flow Diagram (perhaps scripting an export to CSV or Excel)
  • searchable index of activity
  • release management tracking
  • conversation (comments, emails, checkins) for details larger than a notecard
Here's what the board looks like:
Some details (that are hard to read):
  • A Prioritized Queue on the left, highest priority on top
  • Three workflow/VSM steps: InProgress, Review, Deployment
  • Review is for developer peer review, and Staging (on QA for general review)
  • Deployment Ready is available for production deployment, Deployed is recently deployed.
  • Three swimlanes: two for development activities, one for IT operations support.
This is the current prototype for the cards:
Some of the tools that we use include sticky post-it notes and Stikky Clips. (Note: We found the Stikky Clips at a teacher supply store, not a big office supply store.)

Monday, May 11, 2009

My Lean Kanban trip report is...

Posted up on the Agile Executive Blog.

See the whole post here: http://theagileexecutive.com/2009/05/11/john-heintz-on-the-lean-kanban-2009-conference/

Back from the Lean Kanban Conference

I'm back and planning on posting to my blog more. I've been posting on Twitter (http://twitter.com/jheintz) fairly regularly now. Some stuff just doesn't fit within 140 characters...

The Lean and Kanban conference was awesome: both humbling and inspiring. My trip report will show up on The Agile Executive blog (http://theagileexecutive.com/) soon... I'll post a direct link.

Below is a summary of my twitter activity, just to get warmed up.

  1. @TheOtherAlistai @RonJeffries Iteration is like metronome, Kanban is like multiple rhythms, from #lk2009 (must find who said that...)
  2. RT have a YouTube link for this eating style ;) -- @jeremiahakin: Langston eats apples like mr peepers from Saturday Night Live
  3. #lk2009 So long, Miami, and thanks for all the fish!
  4. @agile_exec Picked up a Lean Kanban Conference preceesings book for Israel... Who really should have been here! #lk2009
  5. @alshalloway great conversation about how/why Kanban removes fear/impedemnts to individual learning, must blog! #lk2009
  6. @agilemanager why is introducing Kanban easier than Scrum? I'm suggesting Kanban provides concrete reflection tools, lowers barrier #lk2009
  7. Err, I meant tuning WIP and workflow is easy for people that wouldn't normally contribute to retrospective #lk2009
  8. Tuning WIP limits and workflow on the board is low resistance, even fir people that normally would say a think in a retrospective #lk2009
  9. I said concrete introspection is maybe the reason kanban is different. Just telling people to reflect doesn't just work. #lk2009
  10. I said concrete introspection, I mean that most people won't retrospect. Getting more people thinking in the biz is the real win. (hypothes)
  11. Laribee just compared Kanban boards to the RESTful web metaphor... #lk2009
  12. Any good survey of online kanban tools? #lk2009
  13. Any good summary of online kanban tools? #lk209
  14. Alisson Vale contract agreements: problem solving, support, improvements for sustainability, new value #lk2009
  15. Alisson Vale defined four (social?) contracts with customers #lk2009
  16. Alisson Vale "long term relationships require long term contracts" #lk2009
  17. @carlacorkern Chaka what? :) I'm at the learning gemba, not vegetarian.
  18. @dennisstevens I'm not sure TWI is right either, but I have a strong hunch that is has wisdom for teaching knowledge workers. #lk2009
  19. #lk2009 link to TWI resource: http://delicious.com/jheint... training within industry is a WWII management system that influenced Lean.