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Lean Kanban North America 2013 at JW Marriott

April 28, 2013 at 6pm to May 2, 2013 at 7pm
Join the premier event for businesses using Lean and Kanban to improve their processes.  This is the place to hear experience reports and connect with others in this global business community.  Learn how Lean and Kanban is being used to evolve a more effective and happier workplace.Tracks include Economics & Risk; Kanban at Scale; Kanban Foundations; Psychology & Sociology; Simulations, Games & Measurement; The Change Agent. Also features special events such as the Brickell Key…See More
May 3, 2014
Prasad Salunkhe commented on Julia Wester's blog post Put the focus on Focus
"Hi Julia,  Are you using Kanban in your current work? In my last project where we had kanban, we had kanban dashboard, where you have all your defects, test case scenario (our reqs) displayed on left hand side. It was all first come first to…"
Aug 6, 2013
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Put the focus on Focus

I’m relatively new in my current job — working on 6 months now. I was speaking with another manager and the conversation drifted to the first changes my team implemented after I joined. But, as every good change agent knows, before you implement changes, you have to orient and observe.When I came aboard, my team had a sizable backlog and every feature request and bug report was assigned out to members of my team of 8. New items came in daily and items were assigned as soon as they were…See More
Apr 13, 2013
John F Kidd liked Julia Wester's blog post Kanban the Disney Way
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Jul 28, 2012
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Slack is not a dirty word

In a Kanban system you introduce WIP limits at each step of the value flow. This means, that if you get stuck at any one step in the flow and things are not moving forward, then all those who operate in earlier stages of the system enter a holding pattern. If you’re explaining Kanban to managers or executives, this is usually the point that makes them take a sharp turn off of the Lean highway! They mentally write off the whole concept of Kanban because “they don’t want anyone sitting idle.”…See More
Jul 28, 2012
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"Check out my latest blog post at http://EverydayKanban.com. Learn why slack is a good thing!"
Jul 27, 2012
Julia Wester posted a blog post

Kanban the Disney Way

When I last posted on this blog, I was about to depart for the House of Mouse. Yep, DisneyWorld. The Magic Kingdom, to be precise. You might wonder why i’m blathering on about my vacation in my Kanban blog. However, an amusement park is the perfect place to find Kanban happening out in the wild. Talk about your EverydayKanban! For our case study, let’s look at roller coaster ride. But, first, a key to get our parallels drawn……See More
Apr 23, 2012
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Mar 25, 2012
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Mar 24, 2012

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F5 Networks, Inc.
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Manager
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Put the focus on Focus

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 10:52pm 1 Comment

I’m relatively new in my current job — working on 6 months now. I was speaking with another manager and the conversation drifted to the first changes my team implemented after I joined. But, as every good change agent knows, before you implement changes, you have to orient and observe.

When I came aboard, my team had a sizable backlog and every feature request and bug report was assigned out to members of my team of 8. New items came in daily and items were assigned as soon as they…

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Slack is not a dirty word

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 9:45pm 0 Comments

In a Kanban system you introduce WIP limits at each step of the value flow. This means, that if you get stuck at any one step in the flow and things are not moving forward, then all those who operate in earlier stages of the system enter a holding pattern. If you’re explaining Kanban to managers or executives, this is usually the point that makes them take a sharp turn off of the Lean highway! They mentally write off the whole concept of Kanban because “they don’t want anyone sitting idle.”…

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Kanban the Disney Way

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 7:42pm 0 Comments

When I last posted on this blog, I was about to depart for the House of Mouse. Yep, DisneyWorld. The Magic Kingdom, to be precise. You might wonder why i’m blathering on about my vacation in my Kanban blog. However, an amusement park is the perfect place to find Kanban happening out in the wild. Talk about your EverydayKanban! For our case study, let’s look at roller coaster ride. But, first, a key to get our parallels drawn……

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Culture busting: quality & speed, not quality vs speed!

Posted on March 24, 2012 at 8:55pm 0 Comments

One of the reasons many groups implement Kanban is to figure out how to deliver more consistently. Kanban, as well as many other methods/processes, is often chosen and implemented by the management or leadership layer and the values and goals are communicated down to developers or other individual contributors.

Part of the discussion between management and developers will focus on then end goal of streamlining cycle times as much as possible in order to deliver more consistently. This…

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