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Kanban System Design



Karl Scotland on Kanban as a way of creating a model improving a business’ capability to meet its purpose based on systems thinking, workflow, visualization, work in process, cadence, and learning.


Karl Scotland is an Agile Coach with Rally Software in the UK, and is a founding member of the Lean Software and Systems Consortium and the Limited WIP Society, and has previously championed Agile and Lean Thinking with the BBC, Yahoo! and EMC Consulting. Karl writes about his latest ideas on his blog at

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Jul 28, 2011

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  • Manufacturing vs Software Development

    by Udayan Banerjee,

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    Does practices which are successful in manufacturing work well in software development? To be it appears to be an attempt to plug a square peg in a round hole.

  • Re: Manufacturing vs Software Development

    by Jens Meydam,

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    I think it would be unfair to characterize what Karl was talking about as "manufacturing practices". The presentation was more about systems thinking and flow.

    Having said that, using a Kanban system to manage work in terms of process steps adds less value when the development organization embraces collocated, cross-functional teams that move the product forward together:

  • Re: Manufacturing vs Software Development

    by Thomas Schranz,

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    From my POV kanban in software development is about the concepts behind kanban and lean thinking and how to apply workflow visualization, limited WIP and pull to software development.

  • A nice presentation

    by steve zhang,

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    This is a very nice presentation, it tells more about the stuff behind Kanban rather than Kanban itself. There are lots of information to absorb: system thinking, peter senge's 5th discipline, the golden circle, pull vs. push, flow zone, double-loop learning, etc. I hope it would be better to explain Kanban from the perspective of Theory of constraints, I believe the TOC mindset is also a part of system thinking.

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