Secrets from the Experience Report on Kanban

Once again, the community met and shared their stories, their successes and their failures. This time, it was about Kanban.

Dag Rowe facilitated an agile 101 at the beginning of the evening with a quick exploration of some Agile Metrics.  While preparing the crowd for the Kanban experience report, Dag entertained a discussion on Velocity, Cycle Time, Work In Progress and Capacity. Questions on distributed teams, points, overtime and burndown charts were answered and then we moved to our second beer and some story telling.

One by one, stories were shared courageously.

Secretly, I gathered the lessons learned. Here they are:

  • Kanban helps visualize the workflow, just like a flashlight in the dark. Kanban helps us see the gray areas where we can improve.
  • Agile / Kanban / Scrum gave us the terminology of the “new” ways of thinking we were discovering while inspecting and adapting our processes. Agile formalized our way of thinking.
  • The Agile practices helped us deliver and also clarify what we didn’t successfully deliver.
  • The support of Coaches and Trainers were a key element in our successful transition to Agile.
  • Automation is primordial to the success, without it you may find it hard to keep a fast pace.
  • Kanban helps uncover tasks that are piling up so that you can inspect why things are slow as well as better manage the workflow.
  • While using Kanban, tasks move excitedly to Done.
  • Using the combination Kanban and Feature Mapping (or story mapping), you can better see the flow. People can then be accountable for the movement of tasks on the board. Everything is easier seen and managed.
  • Continuously failing Sprints using Scrum can bring the team spirit down. Being too modest in the forecast of a Sprint seems to encourage members to settle and stay idle. With Kanban, the continuous work flow will encourage us to keep moving and there is no idling.

Thank you to all who participated and shared their experiences with the group.

Announcements

  • GOAT 2015
  • Don’t miss the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2015 at La maison du Citoyen, on November 23. Speakers are welcome to submit their topics,  we are looking for sponsors and registration is open. For more information, please visit http://goagiletour.ca
  • Concept Share are looking for new Agilistas! For more information contact Kareem Sultan and see their career page
  • During the next Meetup, we will talk about Retrospectives, preceded by an Agile 101 on Transitioning to Agile, most probably at the Algonquin College. Stay Tuned!

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