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Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,035 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Reviews Anyone who is serious about coaching Kanban as a method for organizational change should read this book. It will allow you to avoid some likely pitfalls and it will guide you to asking, yourself and your clients, the right questions. Though many people focus on the visualization techniques in Kanban the true value only emerges when you, as a kanban system manager, ...more
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Published April 7th 2010 by Blue Hole Press
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Nathan Brodsky
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I THINK it's a good read. I found it practical and easy to understand, even THOUGH I'm not a big fan of computer books, I'm more into docmuentation and technical manuals. ...more
This is a game changer. Agile is a culture, and it has frameworks such as XP, Crystal, and Scrum that are superb at handling software development projects with a clearly defined goal.

But they are not so good at handling support and maintenance work - the stream of random sized bits and pieces. What do you do if that's a major portion of your day-to-day work?

David Anderson has laid out his experience in how to use a very different approach to make workloads visible, limit what's in progress to ex
Robert Church
Hi. I'm a software developer. I've been writing software professionally for more than 15 years now. One of my favorite books about the practice of software development for business is Extreme Programming Explained by Kent Beck , which refreshingly upended a lot of conventional wisdom about software development, focusing effort on activities that add value for customers. In the intervening years, many of the practices promoted in that book have become commonplace, mostly notably test driven devel ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I could feel my brain getting bigger while I read this book. I agree with the author when he claims that Kanban is the first real major innovation in Agile Software Development in 10 years. This book gave me enough new ideas that I can't wait to get back to work to implement them! ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
A lot of the time, this felt like it was written by that experienced coworker who starts every offered solution with, " Well, when I was at Ginormosoft, we handled this by..." After a while, you find someone else to bounce things off of just to avoid the inevitable jaunt down memory lane.

I liked some of the ideas presented, but the presentation was difficult to slog through. I don't know if it's because it seems like a simple system made too complex, or if I just don't understand the system eno
Michael Burnam-Fink
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
A lot of management practices seem somehow oppressive and cultish. TPS reports, Six Sigma, Lean, Agile, and Scrum. I can't say much about those, but I really enjoyed a workshop on Kanban, and this book was in the bibliography.

Kanban is Japanese for signal ticket. The Imperial Palace Garden has a box of tickets equal to the maximum number of visitors, and if there are no tickets, you must wait for someone leaving the park to drop theirs in the entrance. In management practice, Kanban is a pull-sy
Khanh Cao
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super cool! Instant application and one can see a major improvement in the process. The hard part is that the underlying principle is very broad and requires one to read multiple sources of books to understand.
Would recommend to anyone in any field striving for an optimal work-life!
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent guide to implementing a kanban system for software delivery, with my preferred mix of theoretical background and practical lessons. Despite having a comic on the cover, this is a pretty serious book with an intended audience of individuals fairly experienced with project management. I read this having worked on a few projects that used kanban but had left me with the open question: how do you go from X to kanban? And this book provides sound answers to that question. Highly recommen ...more
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
The Kanban method described by the author seems promising as a way to improve the performance of teams. However, I think there was too much anecdotal evidence about the benefits so it would nice to see some more hard numbers.
Viktor Grgic
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Overly complex for something that should be even simpler than Scrum. It seems also somewhat disconnected from the fact that we are delivering software systems. Explanations are too generic.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
"It'll take you an afternoon to read this," Matt said. Totally - if an afternoon = one year and three months. My beloved recommended this book on kanban, a change-management/work-flow system that originated at Toyota in Japan in the 1940s, because he's used it successfully in his IT career and thought we could bring it into my work to increase efficiency and alleviate stress. I like the kanban philosophy and enjoyed the real-life examples in this book, but the parts where the author delved deep ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: management
David Anderson is a Kanban evangelist. What follows in the book is a prescriptive step-by-step guide to bootstrapping a Kanban system for a single value chain in an organisation. It is worth noticing that Kanban is not a software development lifecycle process or a project-management process but a change-management technique to the existing processes. Anderson shares know-how with examples of approaches, attitudes, even conversation templates, based on his own observations of working teams. He co ...more
Emmanuel Zagal
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Matt Diephouse
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this book, but it did have some helpful information about Kanban, how it works, and what its goals are.

My main complaint is that it doesn’t start with the why. Instead, it’s a meandering explanation of the how that’s occasionally accompanied by the why. Given the un-empirical nature of software development process books, this is s huge disappointment.

Kanban seeks to establish predictability and agility in the software development process, above all else. Management and part
Matthew Kern
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the only book that I have read about Kanban/kanban and it was a good one. Anderson does a great job at explaining all the kanban lingo and giving useful examples of how to implement and overcome common challenges.

Most of the book was clear and explained things in a powerful way. There were quite a few times where I caught myself thinking, "oh...that's how that works."

There were some parts of the book that got a bit dry and escaped my attention, but those were manageable.

I look forward to
Alex Sinclair
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: professional
This book certainly has value, and for maintenance makes perfect sense. Parts can be taken for software projects, but adopting it wholesale... I'm skeptical.
The author also seems to misunderstand Agile, for example saying agile is not about quality, and uses Scrum and Agile interchangeably.
My favourite part is the premise the book is written on that reducing lead-time improves quality, yet has a footnote near the end saying the author hopes this is shown to be true.
It's definitely a book written
Wanja Krah
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading this book I must admit I long undervalued the value of Kanban. I've been in Scrum-teams for over 8 years now, but I will consider Kanban as a worthy, and probably sometimes better alternative.
The book is very valuable in the sense that it contains loads of information that you will need when implementing Kanban. It may feel repetitive from time to time, but each time information is layered with extra info or told from a different point of view.
However, to me, it still feels that i
Patrick Fabricio
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
A good book, the begin is about the history of Kanban and the first applications, i have a little difficult with side stories, i know that is important to reinforce the trust on the content but some stories and parts i think was not necessary, its a 2010 version, i think that is necessary an update with better examples in a version more lean and objective but the content stills are still current with many helpful concepts and applications to improve the delivery of a product and a team performan ...more
Abhi Yerra
Kanban is super useful for interrupt driven tasks such as recurring business processes so I wanted to learn more and found this book helpful in understanding the theory of constraints and limited work in progress to achieve the needed outcome. However, the book is a bit wordy and I felt like I was flossing Ofer a lot of it. But I’d say still a good scan for info on how to implement Kanban in an existing organization.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best single book on agile management

Both broad and deep it's valuable for project managers and scrum masters as well as managers who are responsible for organizations that both build and run. It even includes a chapter on Issues Management that treats escalation as a formal process for which policies shoulder developed and agreed to - something I haven't seen treated elsewhere.
Iason Dimitrakopoulos
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book. It takes the reader into a journey of Kanban evolution from Microsoft XIT to Corbis and beyond, the learnings are invaluable and can be seen in modern teams.

Anderson doesn't claim to know it all, in fact when proposing new techniques that may appear to be opinionated he clarifies that there could be other ways to do something.

This book opened my eyes in many aspects and broke me free of Scrum which frankly doesn't work everywhere.
Ivan Ralchev
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book is easy to read. Examples and stories turn abstractions into easy to understand ideas.

It is definitely a worthwhile read for everyone, as it defines many points of improvement, applicable in any type of business.

My takeaways:
- proper and clear visualisation is the key;
- keep it easy, do not rush it;
- you need the support and understanding of your team to push an improvement.
Giedrius Kriščiukaitis
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
As many of Agile practitioners one might think I am already familiar with the Kanban Board - this book opens even more doors to understand what happens beyond the Board and how the Kanban System works. A very extensive and detailed dive into the Kanban way of organizing things to get them done.
Si Jobling
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Comprehensive guide to the Kanban framework for delivery software.
Plenty (long-winded) anecdotes to demonstrate how different theories have been applied in David's wisdom and experience.
Thorough outline though with plenty to learn from, especially as a noob to the world of Kanban.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The book is good and it includes a lot of good information. I think you need to have good exposure to the method to follow the book. At the end, I felt it gave me a taste of deep concepts but not enough ground for me to implement them.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good resource

This is a good resource for Kanban and effectively explained not only the basic mechanics but some of the reasons for making specific choices in introducing Kanban to a workplace. Generally well written, it did get a bit more abstract in the second half of the book.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My kindle never updated that I finished this book, so writing this review months later. It was an ok work-related book. It did a good job going through how one person had success at a few areas with Kanban, and it was nice to see how his groups used it successfully.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: agile
This books provides a good overview on Kanban and does shed light on the matter.
However for very detailed implementation techniques, specific tips and tricks you would still need to browse the internet.
As a first book on the subject I found it sufficient for the time being.
Núria Aloy
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, lean, agile, kanban, kindle
Even though software development has evolved since 2010, when this book was written, Kanban is more relevant than ever, and this continues to be an essential read to understand where it comes from, as well as how and why it works. The most important book you'll find about the Kanban Method. ...more
Jose Duarte
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this book.
It's pretty clear and useful for those that wants to get a greater overview about kanban.
I have been using kanban as a software engineer for years, but this book give some insights that are useful when you are a manager responsible to make kanban works.
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