Introduction

Kanban Library is the central knowledge base for Kanban education, with material chosen explicitly for its quality and uniqueness. We brought together only the best resources from Kanban leaders and experts to develop a truly effective learning environment, which we hope will help you understand the main concepts and features of Kanban Tool and utilize our service to its full potential.
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Aspects of Kanban

by Karl Scotland
Karl Scotland explains the concept of Kanban system for software development. He identifies important aspects from which Kanban systems can be viewed in order to understand and improve an overall organization's delivery capability: workflow, visualization, work in process, cadence and continuous improvement. This article gives a deep insight into those areas and their implications on Kanban system. Read more »

Kanban kick-start example

by Henrik Kniberg
For those who want to start implementing Kanban in practice immediately, Henrik Kniberg prepared a Kanban kick-start example of Kanban board for teams with visual hints. From this paper you will find out how to start using Kanban board, how the typical Kanban pattern looks like and how to fill a Kanban card. Henrik Kniberg also explains the difference between features and tasks and how to name columns. This should be the first choice if you know the basics of Kanban and want to implement it really quickly in practice. Read more »

Kanban for Short Intense Projects

by Matthew Moran
Hiring the best talents is crucial to your business success. But if your team is too small to have a dedicated HR department you need to involve your current staff to do it. This article is a must-read if you want to significantly improve a recruitment process using Kanban method and make it much less painful for team members involved in it. Keeping track of all candidates, collecting and organizing documents, interviewing, employment testing, background and reference checks can be organized in a visual way to give you better insight in a whole process. In this article you will find out how Kanban Tool has helped a medium-sized company in their hiring process. You will also get to know how to map the value stream, design and create Kanban board and set WIP limits. Read more »

Kanban, Flow and Cadence

by Karl Scotland
This is Karl Scotland's take on Kanban, written at the beginning of the great Kanban for software development adaptation wave. It encompasses the general idea of Kanban, the concept of Flow and explains how to understand Cadence in Kanban systems.
In his article, Karl refers to Kanban as a means of controlling the workflow. Originally introduced for controlling the stock in automobile production industry (Toyota), it has been designed to allow for a just-in-time production in an automated way, but not void of the all important human touch.
What does this imply? At first glance, Kanban for software development looks just like a typical Agile workload board. The process is divided into stages, and tasks are transferred from one to another as the process goes on. As the tasks are moved, they are placed at the bottom of a stage column, and are meant to be pulled from the top. This way the order of things is kept with respect of the healthy FIFO rule. Read more »

Building Your First Personal Kanban

by Jim Benson
Getting started with Personal Kanban?
Jim Benson, perceived as the father of Personal Kanban, has written a blog post about creating your first Kanban board for personal purposes. Read on, to learn how to set up a Personal Kanban board tailored to your particular needs in just 3 simple steps. Read more »