Kaizen is a philosophy and practice that sees improvement in productivity as a gradual and methodical process and focuses on continual improvement throughout all aspects of life. Kaizen is a Japanese term meaning "change for the better." The concept of kaizen encompasses a wide range of ideas. It involves making the work environment more efficient ...
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A method for managing knowledge work which balances the demand for work to be done with the available capacity to start new work.
Kanban is a task management technique that sorts work to be completed according to progressive categories. It is suitable for tasks that can be broken down into small deliverables. Tasks managed by the Kanban technique are visualized on a Kanban Board.
Kanban in Action is a down-to-earth, no-frills, get-to-know-the-ropes introduction to kanban. It's based on the real-world experience and observations from two kanban coaches who have introduced this process to dozens of teams. You'll learn the principles of why kanban works, as well as nitty-gritty details like how to use different color stickies on a kanban board to help you organize and track your work items.
Kanban coach Frank Vega says lean-agile principles are applicable beyond the software context, and he is helping a growing number of project leaders and teams tweak their roles as they use Kanban to improve how they measure and manage workflows in their specific domains. [10:45]
“Personal Kanban” co-author Jim Benson shares more insights for improving team performance, including why visualizing leads to action but venting does not … the enduring value of meetings … creating 25-minute pockets of focus with the Pomodoro technique … and the problem with time-boxing and commitment. [25:10]
“Personal Kanban” co-author Jim Benson resumes the conversation with The Reluctant Agilist, including why a personal process is symbiotic with business needs … the nature of interruptions and incentives … overcoming blindsides and biases ... and the concept of “the dominant task.” (He also cautions against becoming pathological about the whole thing.) [24:30]
Two things can and will screw up the practice of Kanban in the workplace — and they’re the same things that have screwed up so many Agile adoptions, Jim Benson warns. But the antidote is fairly straightforward, if not simple: always pay attention to the work. (Plus: Kids and Kanban.) [15:30]
Kanban is gaining popularity in project management circles as more teams relate to its principles of visualizing workflow, limiting work in progress and balancing demand. Here, a self-described “pragmatic Agilist” explains what drew him to Kanban, where it delivers benefits, and how it differs from other agile methods.