This case study describes how Kanban and lean development techniques were used to rescue a distressed project that had violated its budget, schedule, and quality constraints. The article presents a detailed account of how the techniques were introduced mid-project to establish control over a chaotic project environment, and is supported with several charts that show the team’s progress.
As a change agent, you constantly need to reassure people that the path we follow is worthwhile traveling. Kanban raises much harder questions on a management and leadership level. This article summarises the most common arguments raised against Kanban and discusses how to tackle them, with links to a free e-book that Nick wrote.
In the second of two articles Claudio Kerber talks about his experiences in team formation and collaboration and explains the process whereby he "became unnecessary" as the team he was working with built trust and cohesion through trust, shared knowledge and shared experiences. He examines the theoretical underpinnings and discusses ways in which servant leadership emerges.
Are Agile practices creating projects that are in danger of being or becoming Sub-Optimal? What can we do ensure our projects do not become Sub-optimal? 23
Dave Duggal discusses the need for organizations to achieve Enterprise Agility through the application of lean and agile principles to the change management process 7
Recently, Agile Coach Michael Sahota has been exploring the impacts of organizational culture on Agile transformations... 4
Agile is a great starting place, it is important for organisations and teams to get the fundamentals right; just agile isn't enough for many problems today. Lean Startup is the next logical step. 8
Kenji Hiranabe discusses the current state of Agile in Japan, and reflects on the influence that Japanese approaches (such as the Toyota Production System) have had on the Agile movement. 1
The Evolutionary Contract Model offers new ways to write contracts for innovative/complex product development that accommodate change and help avoid “The Curse of the Change Control Mechanism”. 4
Bruce Laidlaw and Michael Poulin - each with more than 30 years of experience compared notes on the past and present of IT and provide insights on what the software industry needs, to make progress. 20
If you write software for a living, eventually someone is going to ask you – “When will you be done?” The estimation techniques described in this article can help you answer that question. 7
Many people who try Kanban end up doing it all wrong and then blame Kanban for their mistakes. This article discusses some common ways Kanban can be misused and how to avoid those mistakes. 3