3 things you didn’t know about Kanban

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Photo Credit: kanbanjoy via Compfight cc


Recently I published a blog post about Kanban with the simple title of What is Kanban?  After tweeting out the link to the article Joseph Hurtado replied to my post.  He mentioned that I had summarized what is called Lean Kanban University‘s version of Kanban.  Lean Kanban University is a training company founded by David Anderson.    I did not know there were other versions of Kanban.  I always enjoy when I get a deeper understanding and find new information.

1. What is Lean Kanban?

Lean Kanban, Inc. is a professional association and standards body created to grow an active Kanban market worldwide while protecting the interests of managers who seek to apply Kanban to their knowledge work or service work.

The Kanban Method is a set of principles and practices that are applied to an existing process. The curriculum of every LeanKanban University Certified Kanban Training class is based on the Kanban Method and it is followed by all LKU Kanban Coaching Professionals.

From Lean-Kanban website.

Joseph is the founder of the Agile Lion Institute and is an Agile Kanban Coach.  The team at AgileLion created Open Kanban to give people the freedom to use it and make accessible to anyone interested.

2. What is Open Kanban?

Open Kanban is a movement to make the core values and principles of Kanban available to all. It is inspired by the Open Source movement goal to give software users and developers the four essential freedoms of free software.

From AgileLion

They detail four freedoms that Open Kanban facilitates, primarily focusing on freedom to use and enhance.  This is an interesting idea as a software developer I have seen the changes in the industry with Open Source software.  I can see where the Open Kanban movement could create a large community of support and collaboration.

The Open Kanban Components are made up of values and practices.  The first value is Respect for People, “At the core of Lean and TPS is respecting people. Respect for people also means assuming responsibility for your actions, and empowering others to take those actions.”  It also details the demand-pull that is at the heart of Kanban for staging work.

Joseph also mentioned Kanban Ace Method to me in an email exchange we had.  The website clearly tells us what the Kanban Ace Method is.

3. What is the Kanban Ace Method?

First Kanban Ace is the first Open Kanban Method. Open Kanban is a fully open source Agile & Lean method to improve the productivity of any organization or project. The Kanban Ace Method takes the Open Kanban know-how and practices and adds additional techniques and tools to answer the needs of people in IT, Software Development or business.

From AgileLion

The Agile Lion Institute offers Kanban Ace training classes for project managers and developers.  The classes detail how to manage your workload through the Open Kanban method.  I am glad Joseph reached out to me and shared with me some great information about Open Kanban.

2 Responses to 3 things you didn’t know about Kanban

  1. Kenley William June 18, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    The aim of implementing a Kanban system is to limit the team’s Work In Progress based on the agreed capacity and to increase overall throughput. Identifying issues that impair performance helps maintain a steady flow of work, thereby having an overall impact on quality. This shortens lead times, which, in turn, improves the system’s predictability.

    • tom.henricksen@gmail.com June 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

      Thanks Kenley for your comment! I spoke about that in my previous post I will check out your site.

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