The Kanban Pocket Guide
The Kanban Pocket Guide
What No One Has Told You About Kanban Could Kill You
About the Book
This book is for anyone who has read The Kanban Guide and would like some assistance in filling in any gaps in their knowledge about what Kanban really is.
We wrote this book for the many people who have either tried Kanban or who are looking to try Kanban in either their professional or personal lives. To that end we have put special emphasis on some of the justifications for why Kanban exists as well on clearing up many of the myths that exist around Kanban today. We perpetually strive to clear up many of the misconceptions about Kanban, and this book represents just one step on that journey.
To learn more, please visit us at ProKanban.org!
Table of Contents
- What is Kanban?
- Why Does The World Need Another Kanban Book?
- Who This Book Is For
- How To Read This Book
- Final Thought
Prologue - The Secret History of Kanban and Why It Matters
- In the Beginning
- Kanban Launches, and Flops
- Micro Improvements and Happy Accidents
- Welcome to Thunderdome, the Process of Prioritization
- So What’s Your Point?
Chapter 1 - The Single Most Important Part of Kanban
- The Most Important Part of Kanban: Work Item Age
- Why You Should Care About Aging
- How To Prevent Work Items From Aging
Chapter 2 - The Service Level Expectation
- Percentiles as Intervention Triggers
- Right Sizing
Chapter 3 - Actively Managing Items in a Workflow
- Pairing, Swarming and Mobbing
- Unblocking Blocked Work
- Right Sizing Redux
- Breaking Down Work Items
Chapter 4 - Defining and Visualizing a Workflow
- Work Items
- The Kanban Board
Chapter 5 - Improving a Workflow to Optimize for Flow
- Options for Improvement
Chapter 6 - The Basic Metrics of Flow
- Work In Progress
- Cycle Time
- Work Item Age
Chapter 7 - Unleashing the True Power of Kanban
- Dimensions of Scaling
Chapter 8 - Thoughts On How To Get Started
- Starting Steps
- Epilogue - Professionalism and ProKanban.org
Appendix A - An Introduction to Little’s Law
- We Need a Little Help
- Little’s Law from a Different Perspective
- It is all about the Assumptions
- Assumptions as Process Policies
- Kanban Systems
- Size Does Not Matter
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