July 16


What you can learn from ‘Kanban’ by David Anderson (2010, 240 pages)


The kanban board (above) could often be found in many start-ups and incubators.  Now kanban boards are becoming more and more common in medium and large companies. Why are more and more companies adopting kanban methodologies, and is there more to Kanban than kanban boards?

Dave Anderson’s book ‘Kanban’ answers all these questions and more.  The main argument of the book is that Kanban (capital ‘K’) is much wider than ‘kanban boards’.  With Kanban, you improve quality and delivery by reducing Work In Progress (WIP) and ensuring that work is pulled through the system rather than pushed.

This book is not for the faint-hearted.  It is technical (but not overly so) and while it claims to be applicable outside software delivery, the advice (of which there is much) focuses on software.  Read this book if you are already familiar with Agile, and want to delve into the next level of detail.

Link to Amazon – Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business

Link to David Anderson website