What is Kanban?
- Start with what you do now.
- Agree to pursue incremental, evolutionary change.
- Initially, respect current processes, roles, responsibilities and job titles.
- Encourage leadership on all levels in the organizations.
- Make work visible.
- Limit work in progress (WIP).
- Manage flow.
- Make process policies explicit.
- Implement feedback mechanisms.
- Improve collaboratively (using models).
Kanban Flight Levels?
KANBAN IS NOT AN AGILE METHOD……..companies improve their agility with Kanban.
KANBAN DOES NOT FOCUS ON TEAMS…can be applied on team-level.
Flight levels is a communication tool:
- shows the possibilities you have with Kanban
- can be used to clarify where to start with Kanban
Flight Level 1
Team / Department. Organizational unit, uncoordinated input. Main characteristics:
- Team or department level.
- input is not coordinated.
- push from outside.
- a lot of work on the table.
- Simple start, “Guerrilla Kanban”.
- improved visibility & communication.
- focus on finishing work.
- improved team efficiency.
- working on the wrong things.
- imbalance of demand and capability.
- many expedite requests.
- a lot of re-prioritization.
Flight Level 2
Team/Department. Organizational unit with coordinated input.
- Team or deparment level.
- Input is coordinated.
- Pull from the outside/upstream.
- Modern change management required.
- Demand and capability is being balanced.
- Working on the right things more efficiently.
- Less re-prioritization, less expedite work.
- Local optimization.
Flight level 3: value stream.
- Optimization of (parts of) the value stream.
- (More) global optimization.
- Pull across the value stream.
- Modern change managemetn required.
- Optimization of the interaction of teams/departments.
- Doing the right thing at the right time.
- Significant reduction of queue sizes.
- Balancing demand VS capability across the value stream.
- Often focus on project goals only.
Flight Level 4. Portfolio
- Optimization of portfolio.
- Multi-project, multi-customer, risk decisions.
- More stop-and-go than flow.
- Often quite easy to start with.
- Making conscious business decisions about projects / customers.
- Focus on business goals and not on project goals.
- Stop starting, start finishing of projects.
The flight levels modal….
- Is a communication tool.
- Shows what’s possible with Kanban.
- Helps to clarify where to start with Kanban.
Flight levels is NOT a maturity model
- Kanban practices on flight level 1 could be deeper than on flight level 3
- Flight level 1: organizational unit, uncoordinated input.
- Flight level 2: organizational unit, coordinated input.
- Flight level 3: value stream.
- Flight level 4: portflolio.