I’ve been using the Kanban method for several years now and I recently introduced my latest team to its joys. I do a lot of arm waving to explain the method but I also direct them to some essential viewing/reading. So I thought I’d share my Kanban recommendations – one video, two posts and a book.
If video is your thing then try this one: Kanban applied to Scrum. In 7 minutes BTI360 explains the basics of both Scrum and Kanban.
If you want something to read, more a blog kind of thing, then Jeff Patton has a great post that attempts to be Kanban Over Simplified.
But if you’re a reader with a taste for something more chunky then you might appreciate the free mini-book by Henrik Kniberg and Mattias Skarin: Kanban Scrum Minibook: Making the most of both.
If that whetted your appetite and you’d like a little bit of theoretical background then check out Little’s Law: Isn’t it a Linear Relationship
I recommend all of the above. Of course there is lots of other material but google will help you find it.
Hazard Warning: Remember that Agile is about “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. Kanban is useful but it is just a tool to improve a process. It is the people that count.