Kanban Framework and the Agile Frameworks – Part 3

This articles looks to discuss the Kanban Framework and the Agile Frameworks. Starting with a discussion on Kanban, the article moves on to cover the Lean Agile Framework.

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The Kanban Framework

Kanban, which simply means “visual card” in Japanese, is a scheduling and management framework created by a Toyota engineer. As it facilitates production and inventory control using a pull system, it is one of the most popular Agile frameworks where teams finish just-in-time (JIT) production.

Kanban Framework Roles

Kanban has no prescribed set of roles and does not operate in fixed time boxes. It does, however, operate on cadences and has the following principles:

  • Visualize the workflow – Labelling work items and placing them in swim-lanes will simplify communication and give the right information to the team.
  • Limit the amount of work-in-progress (WIP) – Putting a limit to WIP lets the team avoid over-commitment, thus completing work items before they move to the next stage.
  • Enhance the flow – Identifying bottlenecks and improving the process is necessary to ensure a balanced flow of pulling in work.

By following these principles, teams who use Kanban are able to manage work effectively and leave no work unfinished. The one-piece-flow nature of this framework is good for projects that are already operational.

Kanban Framework and Lean

Lean, short for Lean Manufacturing, is a set of management principles developed mid-20th century that focuses on value and efficient production systems. Lean management has the following principles:

  • Identify value
  • Value stream mapping
  • Continuous workflow
  • Pull system
  • Continuous improvement (Kaizen)
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Kanban Framework and Lean Software Development

Lean Software Development, conceptualized by Mary and Tom Poppendieck, furthered these principles into the following:

  • Eradicate waste
  • Incorporate value
  • Generate awareness
  • Transport quickly
  • Value customers
  • Maximize everything

Lean aims to create products with business value for the customers, in the most efficient manner possible. It puts further importance on capacity management, waste elimination, and maximizing strategies in order to deliver value effectively. Lean recognizes the “system” – that in the development of a product, different people and processes operate as a whole.

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