Books

Here you will find a rich collection of books on Kanban and process management that cover a wide variety of subjects, written by prominent authors only. The content within these books is definitely worth a read.

Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change

by David Anderson
  • Number of pages: 278
  • Publisher: Blue Hole Press
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Kanban has become a popular way to visualize and limit work-in-progress in software development and information technology work. Teams around the world are adding Kanban around their existing processes to catalyse cultural change and deliver better business agility. This book answers the questions: What is Kanban? Why would I want to use Kanban? How do I go about implementing Kanban? How do I recognize improvement opportunities and what should I do about them?
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Personal Kanban: Mapping Work - Navigating Life

by Jim Benson, Tonianne DeMaria Barry
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
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Personal Kanban takes the same Lean principles from manufacturing that led the Japanese auto industry to become a global leader in quality - and applies them to individual and team work. Personal Kanban asks only that we visualize our work and limit our work-in-progress. Combined, these two simple acts encourage us to improve the way we work and the way we make choices to balance our personal, professional, and social lives. This book describes why students, parents, business leaders, major corporations, and world governments all see immediate results of using Personal Kanban.
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Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban

by Henrik Kniberg
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
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Find out how the Swedish police combined XP, Scrum, and Kanban in a 60-person project. From start to finish, you'll see how to deliver a successful product using Lean principles. We start with an organization in desperate need of a new way of doing things and finish with a group of sixty, all working in sync to develop a scalable, complex system. You'll walk through the project step by step, from customer engagement, to the daily "cocktail party", version control, bug tracking, and release. You'll be ready to jump into the trenches and streamline your own development process. Read more »

Kanban, The Kanban Guide

by Paul VII
  • Number of pages: 31
  • Publisher: Pashun Publishing
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Paul VII is an experienced Scrum master, associated with international blue chip industry for over a decade. In this book, he focuses on the role of Kanban in creating efficient business practices to minimize the waste of effort, time and money. He suggest how we can improve business performance and increase the productivity of our team by using Kanban method and provides us with clues for successful implementation of Kanban in various organizations.
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The Lean Startup

by Eric Ries
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Publisher: Crown Business
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The Lean Startup is a new approach to the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries shows us how to cut through the fog of uncertainty that surrounds startups by using methods inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, including Kanban. This book is a must-read for founders, enabling them to reduce risk and avoid business failures.
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Kanban and Scrum - Making the Most of Both

by Henrik Kniberg, Mattias Skarin
  • Number of pages: 120
  • Publisher: lulu.com
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Scrum and Kanban are two flavors of Agile software development - two deceptively simple but surprisingly powerful approaches to software development. So how do they relate to each other? The purpose of this book is to clear up the fog, so you can figure out how Kanban and Scrum might be useful in your environment.
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Lessons in Agile Management: On the Road to Kanban

by David Anderson
  • Number of pages: 410
  • Publisher: Blue Hole Press
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This is a collection of the best posts from David J. Anderson's Agile Management blog, updated with current commentary. These short articles discuss the integration of Lean thinking with Agile principles and practices. Topics include: why people resist change, the role of the manager in Agile development, flow and variability, timeboxes and delivery cadence, estimation and metrics.
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Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are not the Point

by Mary Poppendieck, Tom Poppendieck
  • Number of pages: 312
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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Building on their breakthrough bestsellers Lean Software Development and Implementing Lean Software Development, Mary and Tom Poppendieck’s latest book shows software leaders and team members exactly how to drive high-value change throughout a software organization—and make it stick. They go far beyond generic implementation guidelines, demonstrating exactly how to make lean work in real projects, environments, and companies. Drawing on decades of experience, the authors present twenty-four frames that offer a coherent, complete framework for leading lean software development. Read more »

Scrumban - Essays on Kanban Systems for Lean Software Development

by Corey Ladas
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Publisher: Modus Cooperandi Press
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Corey Ladas' groundbreaking paper "ScrumBan" has captured the imagination of the software development world. Scrum and Agile methodologies have helped software development teams organize and become more efficient. Lean methods like Kanban can extend these benefits. Kanban also provides a powerful mechanism to identify process improvement opportunities. This book covers some of the metrics and day-to-day management techniques that make continuous improvement an achievable outcome in the real world. ScrumBan the book provides a series of essays that give practitioners the background needed to create more robust practices combining the best of Agile and Lean. Read more »

What is Kanban?

by Anna Majowska
  • Number of pages: 10
  • Publisher: Shore Labs
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If you still have some questions about how to use Kanban method or how to build a working Kanban board, take a look at this booklet. "What is Kanban" will clear all your doubts! A richly illustrated e-book explains the simple rules that are the basis for improving results with Kanban approach.

This booklet provides useful information, starting from elemental characteristics of Kanban and going further into practical applications. Are you about to get started with online Kanban software? This e-book will help you take the first steps. Read more »

Kanban from the Inside

by Mike Burrows
  • Number of pages: 28
  • Publisher: Blue Hole Press
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Mike Burrows is an expert in IT management and Kanban methodology. In this book he presents Kanban as a management method that helps organizations to improve their performance. Step by step, he explains the basic assumptions behind the Kanban method. Furthermore, he shares his guidelines and tips on how to apply it. We recommend this book to those who are new to Kanban, as well as to those who are more experienced. The book provides a fresh perspective on Kanban and a good study of related models. Read more »

Why Limit WIP: We are Drowning in Work

by Jim Benson
  • Number of pages: 136
  • Publisher: Modus Cooperandi, Inc
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In this book Jim Benson clarifies the significant role of work-in-progress limits in obtaining higher productivity and better results. He states that it isn't a good practice to try to do more and more at any costs. Instead, he thinks that it is far more reasonable to start less and finish more. In the next few chapters he prescribes techniques that can help to overcome a crisis of WIP on a personal and business level. Ideas that he presents are based on his own experience of implementing successful transformation in performance of organizations. Furthermore, he explains the ambiguities related to patterns for behaviour to limit WIP such as who, when and how should set realistic but ambitious WIP limits. The author highlights that setting work-in-progress limits naturally results in eliminating unnecessary work. Moreover, it helps to reduce distractions over stimulation and interruptions. Read more »

Kanban Kick-Start Field Guide

by Christophe Achouiantz, Johan Nordin
  • Number of pages: 79
  • Publisher: Sandvik AB
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This insightful guide has been prepared by Agile coaches with experience of introducing Kanban to more than 50 teams in Sandvik IT. It aims to facilitate a swift Kanban implementation for teams, which have limited coaching resources and little time. What makes it particularly useful is the way it has been written and illustrated - very easy to understand, with step-by-step and down-to-earth instructions on making the necessary steps for the implementation, as well as on giving the team a right mindset and attitude, enabling the all-important continuous process improvement. A fantastic resource!
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Stop Starting, Start Finishing!

by Arne Roock, Claudia Leschik
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Publisher: Lean-Kanban University
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This short comic brochure by Arne Roock is a great introduction to Kanban for people who wish to see what are the reasons for getting into it and how does it work. The pictures (done by Claudia Leschik ) follow our hero - Justin Time (as in just-in-time delivery in Kanban systems) as he goes through the main stages of setting up such system. It's a fun and quick way of getting to know the method and see its benefits.
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