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#12: Kanban with Kert Peterson

August 10, 2022     29 minutes

Kert joins Brian again to talk about Kanban

Kanban is a pull system of working where work is ‘pulled’ in based on a team’s capacity. Whether it’s a card from a backlog, or a bin of items on a manufacturing floor, the concept of pulling in work is common to both kanban and scrum. It supports the idea of being agile because whenever you’re pulling work in, you’re basing it on the latest feedback and emergent needs so that you can focus on delivering the most value. Listen now for an overview of Kanban as well as common mistakes to avoid. 

Listen now to discover: 

00:48 - The origin of Kanban’s meaning

04:34 - How the principles of Kanban are expressed in Scrum 

07:00 - Common misconceptions people have about Kanban

09:00 - The five pillars of Kanban

12:58 - How to get started 

19:41 - How to improve your current Kanban process

Listen next time when we’ll be discussing… 

I’ll be joined by Lance Dacy as we talk about cross-functional teams. 

References and resources mentioned in the show

Kanban University

The Official Guide to the Kanban Method

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This episode’s presenters are:

Brian Milner is SVP of coaching and training at Mountain Goat Software. He’s passionate about making a difference in people’s day-to-day work, influenced by his own experience of transitioning to Scrum and seeing improvements in work/life balance, honesty, respect, and the quality of work. 

Kert began his professional career as a Software Engineer in NASA's Space Shuttle program, affording him practical insights into the daily challenges faced by engineers, designers, and testers. Driven by the belief that learning unlocks potential, Kert has pioneered educational programs for Dell, Rockwell Collins,, and Capital One Financial. Kert is one of the few trainers world-wide to be actively credentialed as both a Scrum and Kanban trainer by Scrum Alliance and Kanban University, respectively. 

Show edited by Rhett Gill.