Kanban in Action Paperback – 17 Mar 2014
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About the Author
Marcus Hammarberg is a software developer and kanban coach. He is experienced with numerous modern methodologies including BDD and TDD, Specification By Example, Scrum, and XP.
Joakim Sunden has been a kanban practitioner and coach since 2008. He co-founded two of the first kanban user groups in Europe and now speaks regularly at conferences worldwide
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I'd recommend this to anyone working with Kanban or Agile.
The first part deals with the basic principles of Kanban, using visual boards to show and manage work in progress, managing queues and bottlenecks and distributing and limiting work across team members. The second part explains how to manage continuous process improvement, how to deal with estimation and planning and how to define and implement different classes of service.
My impression is that this book will be most useful to people completely new to Kanban, who are investigating the concepts or starting to adopt this process. If you already use Kanban, you might find the chapters on managing bottlenecks and process metrics interesting.
Compared to David Anderson’s book, Kanban in Action is more approachable for beginners. Each important concept is described with lots of small, concrete examples, which will help readers new to Kanban put things into perspective, but also reinforce the message that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Anderson’s book goes in more depth to explain the theory behind the practice, and this book has more practical information and concrete advice on topics such as setting work in progress limits, managing different types of items on a visualisation board and choosing workflow metrics. If you’re researching this topic or starting to implement Kanban, it’s worth reading both books.
I wish I would have had this book as a learning starting point instead of David Anderson’s 'blue book' (regardless of the huge merit of that book and its author, of course). Learning-wise, Kanban In Action is really really good and as a consequence, I think it is an excellent book for anyone new to Kanban. It sometimes reminded me of the Head First series, which is also great at making concepts stick. The imaginary Kanbaneros team's stories are quite useful in that context, next to a truckload of real-world practical advice. As of now, I will advise any kanban newbie in our teams to start right here, with Kanban In Action.