What is this Kanban everybody is talking about!
What is Kanban?
I've been meaning to write a post all about Kanban ever-since I wrote about a previous article "The Ten Must do's of Scrum" http://christianleemiles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-ten-must-dos-of-scrum.html
Kanban is another agile term that gets thrown around a-lot.... usually by people who have no idea what it's really all about - but when did a lack of knowledge or understanding ever stop anybody throwing around buzz words?
Kanban originates from Japan and in particular Toyota's JIT (Just-In-Time) production system.
I was at a presentation or it might have been a training course, I don't recall! but I do remember the instructor/speaker gave a very good demonstration using a bit of clear plastic pipe and a number of ping-pong balls to model the typical business/development process.
Basically features enter the pipe at one end... a process occurs, sometimes this will be structured, requirement gathering, design, production of code, testing etc, etc. However those who have worked in the industry as long as myself know that this process is usually far from structured!
But let us assume we have a nice neat process that occurs within our plastic pipe