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Kanban™​ – the comprehensive tools

We were so impressed by the Kanban in IT method that we decided that it should be included it in our portfolio, as a complementary method to Leanability. However, we prefer to drop the restrictive 'in IT' because Kanban is found in a much wider range of fields. Lending itself to any context where structure and a clear overview are required, Kanban is a fascinating 'human' approach to work that is worth examining more closely.

Either stand-alone or, as in our case, integrated in many other ways with AgilePM, PRINCE2®, MSP and MoP.

Kanban is a method for implementing change that can be used for carrying out evolutionary improvements within a company. The changes begin at the place where the company currently is, i.e. there is no need for major restructuration and complex plans before improvements can begin.
Kanban is an excellent alternative for those who want to improve their business, without causing a company-wide revolution like those brought about by many agile methods.

 

Target audience

  • Junior and senior project/programme/portfolio managers
  • Line managers involved in projects
  • Project, programme and portfolio offices
  • Business development managers
  • Change managers
  • Process managers 

Combining this method

Kanban can be used as a stand-alone method or as a 'teamboard' for projects, programmes and/or portfolios. Regardless of the context, it is the preferred method for gaining a clear overview.

Level Days Languages
Understanding Kanban 1 German/English
Using Kanban 2 German/English
Optimising Kanban 2 German/English

The cost of the manual required will be charged separately. All amounts exclude VAT at 20%.

These training sessions will be run by our partner, Leanability.

A Kanban change initiative is based on the following basic principles:

  • Start with what you are doing now
  • Pursue incremental, evolutionary change
  • Respect initial processes, roles, responsibilities and job titles
  • Encourage leadership on all levels of the organisation

The usual working methods change very little when Kanban is introduced. Established processes remain in place, roles and teams remain untouched, and no new job titles are invented – not even titles such as 'Kanban Master'.

Those involved agree to implement ongoing, small changes in their working methods. These improvements always start out from the current position, which avoids the need for a Kanban target position. This being said, the following core concepts apply in a Kanban company:

 

  1. Make work visible
  2. Restrict WIP
  3. Manage flow
  4. Make process rules explicit
  5. Implement feedback mechanisms (workflow, inter-workflow and organisation)
  6. Undertake improvements together (based on specific models)

The blog by Klaus Leopold (www.klausleopold.com) is an excellent source of information about Kanban, as is his reading list (http://reading.klausleopold.com) and, of course, his book Kanban in der IT (German title), which he wrote together with Siegfried Kaltenecker on the subject of Kanban, change, leadership and introducing Kanban in practice. Published by Hanser Verlag in May 2012 (www.kanbaninit.com). Read more at:http://www.leanability.com/was-ist-kanban-in-der-it/#sthash.EgZZWRl8.dpuf

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We offer you a versatile support from inquiry of current state, consultations, implementation or re-energizing of project management in all characteristics to the selection of tools.

With a broad range of questions, checklists and tools we adress your task, acting as a failsafe for your projects and offer workshops for the practical implementation.

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