Systems Thinking Sheffield
This month, we’ll be learning about kanban systems in product development by playing the getKanban board game.
Kanban evolved first in Toyota for scheduling production. It has since been adopted at other companies and adapted to work in product development. In software, the Kanban methodology is becoming a popular way to manage the development process.
Kanban as used in software is interesting from a systems thinking perspective in many ways:
- it visualises the state of the system, allowing managers and product developers to make more informed choices
- it focuses on system-level productivity rather than individual workers’ efficiencies
- it expressly demands that policies are made explicit
- it encourages the use of other systems thinking tools to improve productivity
The session will be run by Ash Moran. Ash Moran is a software developer, Lean/Agile coach, and the owner of PatchSpace Ltd, where has been using kanban systems in software for several years. He has recently also run the game at the Limited WIP Society Manchester. You can see a photo of the game in action here: