7 Factors for running an effective Kanban Replenishment Meeting


In 2015, in a blog post called Kanban Cadences , David Anderson laid out a set of 7 Kanban cadences or meetings that provide comprehensive opportunities for feedback, planning, and review in an enterprise. These are based on our own experience using Kanban for our own product development as well as that of many of our customers who have implemented this critical cadence. – and the replenishment process will need to reflect each of those classes of service as well.

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Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Levine wrote with People Over Process – Leadership for Agility a very pragmatic and down to earth book about leadership and agile projects. It puts the focus on the software and the related business processes in a powerful way by using different scenarios. To order: People over Process.


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The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum


Dave is a Principal Consultant at Depth Consulting Ltd, and Program Director of the KCP Program at the Lean Kanban University. In this article, he outlines the similarities of the two as WIP Limiting, Pull-based systems – with cadences and a focus on learning – while also explaining their differences. The Kanban Method pulls a great deal of its values from a Lean value system. There isn’t really a “Lean Manifesto” but the works of Taiichi Ono and W.

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Scrum or Kanban for Application Support teams?


Frequently, especially in a Scrum environment, it can be difficult to match the cadence of doing both. It is not a replacement for Scrum, rather it is a way to improve almost any process you may be using. Apply it to your current processes to identify bottlenecks and problems – and resolve those problems. Look at your dev processes and automation options to reduce overall defect levels.


Team using “Waiting for Release” column on their kanban board


In this context, Kanban actually facilitates a “2-phase Commit” process about which more at the end of this post.). Based on these, there certainly are guidelines for you to follow about how to model your Kanban board so it matches your current business processes and helps you improve. We do product releases every 4-6 weeks, and these get deloyed to our SaaS servers – that cadence is well established.

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Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily


In this context, Kanban actually facilitates a “2-phase Commit” process about which more at the end of this post.). Based on these, there certainly are guidelines for you to follow about how to model your Kanban board so it matches your current business processes and helps you improve. We do product releases every 4-6 weeks, and these get deployed to our SaaS servers – that cadence is well established.

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Using Kanban in Marketing


I was learning several new concepts including Lean, Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Project Program Management, etc. I was already aware of Lean principles and their techniques because I got Lean certified in my previous company. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough get to attend the Lean Kanban India 2016 conference (LKIN) and listening to David J Anderson and other thought-leaders. Our Cadences.

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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations


In the usual Scrum process, the P.O. At the same time, we ensure we follow many of the recommended Kanban cadences, including the Daily Standup Meeting, the Weekly Replenishment Meeting (where fine-tuning of the story/ defect prioritization takes place) as well as Release Retrospective and a Quarterly Strategy Review Meeting. Everyday Kanban agile DevOps Kanban Lean Project Management Scrum Scrumban Visual Project Management VisualizationIs this you?

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Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing


But, for teams that chafe under the strictures of the Scrum process, Kanban can be a freeing alternative. Throughout the assembly line, “workers at each step in the process are not allowed to do work unless they are signaled with a kanban from a downstream step.”. That upper limit then becomes a formalized piece of the Kanban process. Make Process Policies Explicit. You have permission to modify your process. Agile Marketing agile Kanban Lean

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A Deeper Look: Top Changes in the New 2020 Scrum Guide for Agile Practitioners


Introduction of Cadence. For the first time, we are introduced of a concept called “Cadence.” Cadence is used in other Agile frameworks such as Kanban , and is basically a rhythm that gets developed as one continuously follows a set of events over a period of time.

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Is SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework®) not Agile?


The entire organization had to be in the process, not just a few self-managed teams. It provided us with a unique framework and guidelines for the entire organization, including the chief executives, to be part of the process. So, the perception is made that SAFe is process heavy.

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Agile Communications Plans

Leading Answers

It is this predictable cadence of show-and-tell sessions that creates the dolphins-versus-submarines comparison.  Information radiators  – A common theme between the various lean and agile approaches is to show and share information.

SAFe 5.0 brief preview

Henny Portman

The three dimensions of Organizational Agility are: Lean-thinking people and agile teams (house of lean, SAfe principles, Agile Manifesto), Lean Business Operations (process time – delay time – process time) and Strategy Agility. Here we see Develop on Cadence, Release on Demand, DevOps and the Continuous Delivery Pipeline. These teams adopt the Lean and Agile values, principles and practices.

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Connecting Business with IT to Achieve Agility in the Financial Sector


It’s worth listening to Joaquim tell their story: How Santander transitioned from different companies working independently, to an integration of business with IT processes and KPIs under a single operating model. 5 questions and answers from an on-demand webinar with Santander UK.

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Review: Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

DAD is characterized by the following aspects: Hybrid: combines Scrum, Agile Modelling, XP, Unified Process, Kanban, Lean, Outside-In Development (OID) and other methods. At a certain moment, after several releases, the release cadence was tightened, and their lifecycle evolved towards the lean lifecycle and the team stopped with sizing their work. Scott W.

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Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog

Leading Answers

Prioritizing based on business value is an example of the lean concept of 'Taking an Economic View of Decision Making.' If we were following the PMI risk management process, this would involve the qualitative and quantitative risk management steps.

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Scrum Vs. Kanban: Uncover the Key Considerations


Scrum is founded on empiricism and lean thinking. Lean thinking reduces waste and focuses on the essentials. The vital aspect of the process must be transparent to people who are involved in the outcome. Lean Manufacturing. Make process policies explicit.

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New PM, New Choices

Leading Answers

Consider the process of designing a new car or home. The process is likely to be iterative and adaptive. Approaches like lean, kanban and agile work well in these uncertain, high-change environments. Then, once the design is agreed upon, the process of production is typically more defined and repeatable. Integrating with the COTS software was a hybrid process. We worked on a monthly delivery cadence maintaining a backlog of issues and features to tackle next.

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Scrum Vs. Kanban: Uncover the Key Considerations


Scrum is founded on empiricism and lean thinking. Lean thinking reduces waste and focuses on the essentials. The vital aspect of the process must be transparent to people who are involved in the outcome. Lean Manufacturing. Make process policies explicit.

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From Order Taker to Opportunity Maker…IT’s Digital Transition for Driving the Business

Leading Agile

IT leaders driving the business are working with (not for) other leaders to continuously deliver value, manage on-demand, architect process change for business growth, becoming strategic advisors, and navigate through technology changes.

Is SAFe Agile?


Ken Schwaber has mentioned that SAFe does not adhere to the Agile Manifesto values (specially the first tenet – Individual and Interactions over Processes and Tool) as it is highly process-centric ( https://kenschwaber.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/unsafe-at-any-speed/ ). All of this is guided by a Scrum Master who makes sure the team works smoothly within the process and that the team also works together to keep improving the process.

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The Complete Glossary of 614 Project Management Terms


Acceptance Test: A process through which a project's end users run through the project to identify any potential issues before it can be formally accepted. Allocation describes the process for assigning resources for different project activities in the most efficient way possible.

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Half Agile Isn’t Real Transformation

Leading Agile

For example, a Basecamp 2 organization serves a market that can absorb change every few months, with a product line that is relatively predictable and stable, while a Basecamp 5 organization operates much like a lean startup, running experiments in the market and requiring the ability to turn changes around in a matter of days or, in some cases, even minutes. Market analysis and business strategy know-how and institutionalized processes are required to answer that question.

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58 Product Owner Theses


This category of the Product Owner theses addresses the meta-level of the Product Owner role and the Scrum process: The Product Owner embraces, shares, and communicates the product vision, representing the customer voice and internal stakeholders. TL;DR: The Scrum Product Owner in 58 Theses.


Product Discovery Anti-Patterns Leading to Failure


In the attempt to fill Scrum’s product discovery void, product delivery organizations regularly turn to other agile frameworks like lean UX, jobs-to-be-done, lean startup, design thinking, design sprint—just to name a few. TL; DR: Product Discovery Anti-Patterns.

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11 Proven Stakeholder Communication Tactics


The cadence of this event depends on the Sprint length of your Scrum Teams, which is influenced, for example, by your product, your market, governance requirements, if the Scrum Teams’ Sprints are aligned, or whether they are practicing continuous delivery anyway.

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Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

As the corporate world is rapidly changing in the form of support issues, customer demands, project requirements, many companies are not able to work on traditional business processes as they are not fast enough to deal with the ever-changing requirements. He/She manages the whole process for how information is exchanged. It focuses on the people, not processes or artifacts and can be used with teams of six to eight developers.

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Release planning and predictable delivery


Without a regular cadence of delivery of working software any belief that you will get a usable increment is misguided at best. Much like the lean movement in manufacturing, companies that embraced it wholeheartedly were the ones that ultimately see the competitive edge that it provides.

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Questioning Agile Dogma

Leading Agile

The combination of high WIP (work in process), multiple and uncoordinated project assignments per individual, lack of coordination of scarce resources, and inattention to cross-team dependencies during planning led to unpredictability in software delivery. When a nominally-agile process becomes established, teams fall into a rote pattern of grinding out a never-ending series of User Stories. The first step has to be to bring the delivery process under control and measurement.

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System of Delivery: An Intro to Our Governance Model

Leading Agile

We tend to make strategic decisions and project decisions that are not informed by the amount of technical debt or technical discovery that’s involved, until very late in the decision-making process. Here, we see an epic in process , and the delivery team is building the stories… Finishing up all the stories within it… Moving that to done. One is, we’re trying to move work intact through this process.

Leveraging Agile to Get Predictable

Leading Agile

And they’re counting on the fact that all of the planning processes, all the project management, or all the Agile or all whatever, is going to help them make promises, okay? Agile isn’t ever really about Agile. It’s about creating business outcomes.

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Agile Unplugged: EP 02 | Mike Cottmeyer and Dennis Stevens

Leading Agile

You get super clear backlogs, you find out what the real cadences you’ve finished work that you start. Again, it was kinda like, which process do you pick? Champion was in there designing, he realized his shortcomings, to business process re engineering.

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 Executive’s Guide To Large-Scale Agile Transformation & Sustaining An Adaptive Enterprise w/ Mike Cottmeyer

Leading Agile

And so that’s kinda what we’re talking about, but one of the big challenges is when you’re dealing with agile at that level of scale like how do you begin the process of transformation? So my voice is in the process of wearing out on me.

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Why Agile Transformation Fails | AgileIndy 2021

Leading Agile

And then the process developed a point of view around kind of why companies were jacking it up. This is Mike Cottmeyer's talk from AgileIndy 2021 on The Executive's Guide to Why Agile Transformation Fails. Transcript.

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What’s Worse Than Not Automating Your Software Delivery Pipeline?

Leading Agile

The company wanted to automate their dispatching process. Instead of automating their current process, they advised the company to set up a paper-based procedure that would be easy to change or discard, and work out any kinks that way. When they had their process worked out using notebooks and slips of paper, they were ready to automate. Even better: It was the right process. How ideal does the world have to be before we can automate our software delivery process?

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