Kanban for Software Development

Kanban is a method for managing the creation of products with an emphasis on continual delivery while not overburdening the development team. Taking its roots from Toyota’s “Just-In-Time” system, it is a new way of giving control to developers, unleashing their creativity and productivity while maximizing transparency and collaboration within the team. Or even the inter-teams.

A software development process can be thought of as a pipeline with feature requests entering one end and software emerging from the other end. Inside the pipeline, there will be some kind of process which could range from an informal ad hoc process to a highly formal phased process.

The Effect of Bottlenecks

In a perfect world, everything flows smoothly and there are no problems. There are obstacles during development and these obstacles create what we call bottlenecks. A bottleneck in a pipeline restricts flow. The throughput of the pipeline as a whole is limited to the throughput of the bottleneck.

If the bottlenecks in a system are not visible, the lead times go up. Work sitting in the pipeline ties up investment, creates distance from the market, and drops in value as time goes by. This causes quality to suffer. To keep up, developers/employees start to cut corners. The resulting bugs released into production cause problems for the users and waste future pipeline capacity.

Kanban System makes all this visible and transparent. Knowing where the bottlenecks are gives you the power to do something about it. It also gives you the chance to look at the root causes of bottlenecks and possibly introduce a more cross-functionality into your teams.

With Acquate’s unique fusion of software development with Process Behavior Charts, you will have happier teams, and happier teams create better products which leads to happier customers.

Contact us to find out how you can benefit with Kanban.

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We regularly publish articles and have presentations. You can view one of our presentations about Kanban.