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Kickstart Agile the Kanban Way

by Ben Linders on  Oct 02, 2014

Successful adoption of agile is related to the approach that is used to introduce changes in the organization. Organization can do a top down “mandated” implementation or use a different approach. Kanban can be used as a way to kick start agile, allowing teams to opt-in to agile practices when they feel ready for it to create a sustainable new way of working .

Improving Product Development with Flow Thinking

by Ben Linders on  Dec 27, 2013

A case study on creating buy-in and commitment for flow thinking using a mental model and metaphor was presented at the Lean Kanban Central Europe conference. InfoQ interviewed Håkan Forss and Erik Schön about their journey from methods & tools to principles & mindset and how they use visual management to implement flow thinking and improve the product development flow at Ericsson.

Experiences from Applying Kanban at SAP

by Ben Linders on  Dec 23, 2013

The experiences with more than two years of applying Kanban at SAP were presented by Alexander Gerber and Martin Engel at Lean Kanban Central Europe. Their case study showed how they supported the implementation of lean and agile processes. InfoQ interviewed them about how Kanban was introduced and received within SAP, the training approach and the experiences from teams with the Kanban practices

Balancing Demand and Capability with Kanban

by Ben Linders on  Dec 16, 2013

Kanban helps organizations to get insight into their work-in-progress, and establish a pull system where demand and capability can be balanced. A first step is to find out what the real capability is and visualize the flow. InfoQ interviewed Florian Eisenberg about evolutionary change and how you can balance demand and capability in organizations.

Case Studies of Lean and Kanban from Central Europe

by Ben Linders on  Nov 21, 2013

The 2013 international conference in Central Europe about Lean and Kanban (LKCE13) included presentations about change management, systems thinking, leadership, learning, and teamwork, and case studies from larger organizations that have applied Lean and Kanban. InfoQ interviewed Arne Roock about deployment of Lean and Kanban in agile software development.

Behind the 2012 VersionOne State of Agile Survey

by Craig Smith on  Apr 27, 2013 1

VersionOne recently released the results of their State of Agile Development Survey for 2012, and once again it proved to be an interesting indicator of Agile adoption and trends.

Business Process Improvement Using Agile

by Ben Linders on  Mar 29, 2013 1

Organizations want to improve their business processes, and today they need to do it faster. Is it possible to use agile methods and techniques for business process improvement?

Improved Group Development with VS2012.2

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 11, 2013

There is more to VS2012.2 than just Git support. Both Visual Studio and TFS will receive some usability improvements to the everyday quality-of-life for developers.

Moving Beyond Scrum

by Todd Charron on  Sep 22, 2012 1

Many teams new to Agile start with Scrum. Scrum provides clear guidance, rules, and practices to help teams adopt an Agile mindset. It also surfaces a lot of problems in organizations, which is part of what makes it so difficult for many companies to do successfully. For those that have been doing Scrum for a while, the question becomes, what now? Is this all there is?.

Pair Programming Gets Mainstream Coverage, Lukewarm Response

by Todd Charron on  Sep 09, 2012 1

The Wall Street Journal has begun to take notice of the growing number of technology companies that have been practicing Pair Programming and has published their take on the practice in an article titled Computer Programmers Learn Tough Lesson in Sharing.

Business of Software Engineering - Throughput Accounting and the Theory of Constraints

by Michael Stal on  Aug 08, 2012 1

In his recent blog posting “Theory of Constraints and Software Engineering” Steve Tendon addresses why throughput accounting should be preferred over cost accounting in software development organizations. He also provides a simple model for throughput accounting that is applicable to software engineering.

London’s CW500 Club event dedicated to the future of software development

by Marta Jasinska on  Jul 05, 2012 1

CW500 Club organised an event dedicated to the future of software development. Now you can find the presentations prepared by the speakers and a summary of the event on the Computer Weekly website.

Is Kanban the New Scrum?

by Todd Charron on  Jul 04, 2012 15

For years, many people have considered Scrum to be the default starting point when talking about Agile implementations. However, with the recent rise of Kanban, some now see Kanban as the next step in the evolution of Agile.

Lean Software & Systems Consortium Reorganizes as Lean Systems Society

by David Bulkin on  May 23, 2012

The Lean Software & Systems Consortium (LeanSCC) whose mission is to improve the world by improving its systems and system-building capabilities (well known in the agile community for promoting the use of Kanban for software development) reorganized as the Lean System Society. The goal is to accelerate and deepen the Lean paradigm and bring together thinkers and doers from different perspectives.

Survey Confirms Scaling Agile Across The Organisation Is Still A Challenge

by Craig Smith on  May 19, 2012 2

Forrester have recently released the results of their November 2011 Global Agile Software Application Development Online Survey in a report entitled "Survey Results: How Agile Is Your Organization?" It contains a number of interesting findings around how organisations that have adopted Agile are dealing with their implementation.

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