Kanban from the Inside: Understand the Kanban Method, connect it to what you already know, introduce it with impact Paperback – 1 Sep 2014
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About the Author
Mike Burrows is UK Director and Principal Consultant at David J Anderson and Associates (djaa.com). In a career spanning the aerospace, banking, energy, and government sectors, Mike has been an IT director, global development manager, and software developer. He sits on the management board of Lean Kanban University (LKU), with whom he is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP). He speaks at Kanban-related events around the world, blogs at positiveincline.com and tweets as @asplake and @KanbanInside.
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Split into three parts, the book starts by aligning 9 values (such as transparency, collaboration, leadership) to the method, to illustrate why you should be interested in Kanban. Part 2 summarises various influential methods such as the Theory of Constraints, Toyota Production System, lean, agile, Scrum. Although you feel you've had just enough to understand each one, he makes you want to go and find out more. Finally, in part 3, Burrows brings it all together to explain how to implement Kanban. He has a wealth of practical knowledge to draw on, and you feel the full force in this final part: step-by-step guidance along with key questions to ask yourself about your own situation (however hard they might be).
The book is very clear and everything is explained in simple term (no use of fancy words for the sake of it, I love this!). It's also packed with real life examples that help understanding it even more.
I recommend it both to people new to Kanban who want to know more, and to expert people who might benefit from going through the basics all over again (the STATIK model in particular is probably a gem for them)
As with the best tech books, I:
- learned a number of new practices that make enormous sense
- learned much snappier names for practices I already follow
- felt suitably chastised by realising practices I'd skipped in the past as being superfluous were actually pretty key!
- underlined lots of phrases that chimed with my experiences
Def a book I will refer back to over time.
I have already attempted to introduce Kanban through its values and it has worked like a charm where previously I was getting a lot of rolled eyes at "yet another process", thanks Mike!
I highly recommend reading this cover-to-cover for anybody aspiring to implement Kanban in their teams or organisations.
In reference to Car Vojislav's review. The author quite clearly attributes the methods he describes to their original creators, including providing a comprehensive bibliography to their works at the end of the book. He at no point makes any claims that methods such as ToC were built as part of the Kanban method, nor does he attempt to claim credit for those ideas himself.
Highly recommended for anyone involved in delivering products and/or services to customers.