Posted on November 08, 2013 by David Anderson

Kanban's Scale Free Assumption

For those who saw Andy Carmichael's "Shortest Possible Definition of Kanban" talk at Lean Kanban United Kingdom, you will know that he talked about Kanban as having two approaches to scaling: scaling by not scaling through a service-oriented approachl; and scaling through a scale free assumption. This blog post addresses how that latter assumption is true. Our clarity on this on trult emerged during our Lean Kanban Inc leadership retreat in Phoenix recently where Mike Burrows and I agreed the symmetry of how Kanban scales. It turns out to be remarkably simple. Simplicity is a good thing. We are all for maintaining simplicity and leveraging its powerful nature with respect to complex domain problems.

You scale Kanban by limiting formerly infinite buffers between services.

Posted on November 08, 2013 by David Anderson

Kanban's 3 Agendas

The Kanban Method is well known for its "start with what you do now" evolutionary approach. When I'm training coaches, I train them to be very neutral and with those from the Agile community, I train them to put their Agile advocacy aside with Kanban. The Kanban approach is about evolving to greater agility, if that is what is needed in a business. Not one of "install an Agile method." However ,Kurt Hausler argued, after attended the coaching masterclass, that Kanban does have its biases and that as Kanban coaches we should be more willing to embrace those biases and more transparent about them. The resultant debate in the community has led to the definition of Kanban's 3 Agendas: Sustainability; Service-orientation; Survivability.