Swiss Railways (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, SBB) employed Kanban to transform a department from disappointing performance to predictable efficiency through a series of incremental improvements. The evolutionary nature of Kanban gained traction with early quick wins and resulted in better management and greater responsiveness to change. This is a brief report of their two year journey.
A lot of the pain that large and medium-sized organizations are facing boils down to scaling. It is not difficult to have 5-10 people working together in one room. However, as your business becomes more successful and your hiring increases, you will start to see problems. At Jimdo, the approach to scaling relies on three major factors: culture, communication, and kaizen.
Lean has proved to be instrumental in moving beyond Agile to set up a practice of continuous improvement with direct effects on team performance and engagement. Making a clear distinction between bugs and problems has proved to be instrumental in this improvement.
The people’s Scrum is a collection of essays on agile ideas and practices. InfoQ interviewed Tobias Mayer about people, teams and self organization with Scrum and about AgileLib.net.
This second article in the “3 years of Kanban at Sandvik IT” series focuses on the lessons that the System Development Office learned when sustaining the Kanban method during this 4 years journey. 1
The story of an internally driven and remarkably smooth Kanban implementation approach which quickly rewarded Siemens with real and sustainable improvements in predictability, efficiency and quality. 14
This third and last article in the series on the Kanban “nine values, three agendas” model explores the survivability agenda: the humane, start with what you do now approach to change.
The Lean Mindset by Mary and Tom Poppendieck is a collection of research results and case studies from companies applying lean in product development and delivery.
A story of an enterprise-wide Kanban implementation, with step-by-step information on how to run Kanban kick-starts and assessments to install a culture of continuous improvements in the enterprise. 2
This second article in the series on the Kanban “nine values, three agendas” model explores the service orientation agenda: a much more outward-looking approach to change.
This first article in the series on the Kanban “nine values, three agendas” model, explores the sustainability agenda: a common approach to Kanban adoption at the level of individuals and teams.
Tracking projects is challenging when enterprises adopt agile in product development. Smaller work items and lower work in process improves risk management and supports agile execution and learning. 3