Yes You Kanban

Kanban. What is it? It is most certainly not just moving sticky notes around on a board. Far from that, it is a method for gradual, evolutionary improvement of existing software processes. That's right, existing software processes. There is no “Kanban Development Process.” Think you're “doing Kanban?” Think again.

In this session we'll examine the byproducts of the “Kanban method” and its use of a WIP-limiting, pull-based mechanism for managing a software team's work. Next, we'll examine “A day in that Kanban life” in order to get our minds around how a Kanban system works. We'll then step back in time and examine the roots of Kanban in the lean manufacturing methods used at Toyota. We'll also walk through a little queuing theory to understand why Kanban systems work. Finally, we'll walk through Kanban thought-leader David Anderson's “Principles of the Kanban Method.”

You'll leave this session equipped to start a Kanban change initiative in your team, along with the tools to make it successful.


About Matt Stine

Matt Stine

Matt Stine is an 18 year veteran of the enterprise IT industry, with nine of those years spent as a consulting solutions architect for multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as the not-for-profit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He is the author of Migrating to Cloud-Native Application Architectures from O'Reilly, and the host of the Software Architecture Radio podcast.

Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT “doesn’t have to suck,” and spends much of his time thinking about lean/agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles/patterns/practices, and programming paradigms, in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to not only function like startup companies but also create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity. He is currently the Global CTO of Architecture at Pivotal, and spends much of his time advising IT leadership on the effective adoption of cloud-native architectures.

Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to OSCON to YOW! and is a nine-year member of the No Fluff Just Stuff tour. Matt is also the founder and past president of the Memphis Java User Group.

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