November 2011 Meeting

Poor Man's Kanban

An introduction to a lean-styled software development methodology

From Wikipedia:

Kanban, also spelled kamban, and literally meaning "signboard" or "billboard", is a concept related to lean and just-in-time (JIT) production. According to Taiichi Ohno, the man credited with developing Just-in-time, kanban is one means through which JIT is achieved. Kanban is not an inventory control system. Rather, it is a scheduling system that tells you what to produce, when to produce it, and how much to produce.

The need to maintain a high rate of improvements led Toyota to devise the kanban system. Kanban became an effective tool to support the running of the production system as a whole. In addition, it proved to be an excellent way for promoting improvements because reducing the number of kanban in circulation highlighted problem areas.

The presentation will give the basic elements of what kanban is about, and how it contrasts with traditional waterfall and scrum software methodologies.


Slide deck

John Nuechterlein (a.k.a. Jdn) is an independent software consultant that has been in this industry for many years. He's a long standing member and one of the founders of the Chicago ALT.NET user group.

When: 2011-11-16 18:00:00

Where: Redpoint, 233 South Wacker Dr, Suite 750, Chicago (map)

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