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Welcome to the Scrum Institute Podcast!

This podcast is for professionals and students who want to learn how to deliver great software in a way that lets us get our mission, our products, and our services, out to the world… and yet still learn necessary skills as economically as it is possible.

Learn from International Scrum Institute, the world-famous Scrum training, and certification organization, which successfully certified more than 628,700 people from all counties around the globe.

Inside each episode, Scrum Institute shares the biggest “a-ha moments” and software engineering secrets with complete transparency. From tough lessons learned, to mindset, to pure delivery strategy, Scrum Institute pulls you into a world of real engineering and business professionals, and shares journeys and secrets of many organizations to building great software, with NO firefighting.

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Welcome to the Scrum Institute Podcast!

This podcast is for professionals and students who want to learn how to deliver great software in a way that lets us get our mission, our products, and our services, out to the world… and yet still learn necessary skills as economically as it is possible.

Learn from International Scrum Institute, the world-famous Scrum training, and certification organization, which successfully certified more than 628,700 people from all counties around the globe.

Inside each episode, Scrum Institute shares the biggest “a-ha moments” and software engineering secrets with complete transparency. From tough lessons learned, to mindset, to pure delivery strategy, Scrum Institute pulls you into a world of real engineering and business professionals, and shares journeys and secrets of many organizations to building great software, with NO firefighting.

Scrum Institute Address: www.Scrum-Institute.Org
Scrum Institute Podcast Address: www.ScrumInstitutePodcast.com

    scrum-institute-kanban-framework-episode-12

    scrum-institute-kanban-framework-episode-12

    Scrum Institute, Kanban Framework Episode #12 has been proudly brought to you by International Scrum Institute, https://www.scrum-institute.org



    You can also listen Scrum Institute’s Podcast from Apple, Spotify, Castbox and Google Play.



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    Limit Work In Progress (WIP) With Kanban



    Why do we need a definition of Work In Progress (WIP) Limit in Kanban?



    Because Kanban is a pull system. That means each step of the Kanban process pulls tasks for processing depending on their available capacity. In contrast, in a push system, the demand centers push tasks and initiate their starts.



    This maximum available capacity of a Kanban team, which is responsible for a specific step, corresponds to Work In Progress (WIP) Limit in Kanban.



    Limiting Work In Progress (WIP) comes from efficient lean manufacturing ideas. Kanban advocates the minimization of work in progress items at every step of the production phase. That enables quicker problem resolution, faster and more optimal stabilization of processes, and lower wastes.



    Over the years, it has been proven that smaller batch sizes of work enabled by limiting Work In Progress (WIP) made various other benefits possible for Kanban teams such as building ownership of their work, system-thinking, and innovative mindsets.



    Work In Progress (WIP) limit of Kanban provides two benefits in managing disorder.



    Focus Of Kanban Team: WIP Limits restrict the number of tasks influenced by altering priorities and demands. That saves Kanban teams from abandoning their ongoing tasks.Improvement Of Kanban Process: A Kanban team cannot finish its work quicker than its slowest step. Therefore WIP Limits can quickly show the Kanban team whether specific steps are bottlenecks or the other steps are overoptimized. This input can be rapidly turned into measures to improve the overall performance of the Kanban process.

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    scrum-institute-kanban-framework-episode-11

    scrum-institute-kanban-framework-episode-11

    Scrum Institute, Kanban Framework Episode #11 has been proudly brought to you by International Scrum Institute, https://www.scrum-institute.org



    You can also listen Scrum Institute’s Podcast from Apple, Spotify, Castbox and Google Play.



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    What Are Key Kanban Practices?



    Key Kanban practices introduced in this section are going to guide towards the optimal operations of the Kanban framework. Following six key Kanban practices (core Kanban practices) need to be leveraged to execute the Kanban framework successfully.



    Visualize Your Workflow With Kanban: You can analyze, improve, and control your Kanban process by continually measuring it, and making it visible to your entire Kanban team and business stakeholders.Limit Work In Progress (WIP) With Kanban: Limit the amount of work in progress at every step of your development and delivery processes. Thus, you continuously generate business value in shorter lead times and cycle times.Make Kanban Policies Explicit: Rules and norms of your Kanban process need to be agreed in consensus, clearly defi ned, and publicized. When all Kanban team members are familiar with explicit principles and policies, and their joint business goals, then they can make decisions to bring your project in the correct direction.Manage Kanban Workflow: Kanban focuses on managing the work processes to make the Kanban workflow robust, reliable, and fast, rather than focusing on keeping people busy.Implement Kanban Feedback Loops: Feedback loops to measure outcomes of the Kanban process (macro-level feedback) and its associated steps (micro-level feedback), which lead to deliverables, will provide the required input for continuous improvement.Improve Kanban Collaboratively, Evolve Kanban Experimentally: The Kanban process suggests a fact-based and collaborative approach in which everyone’s opinion is counted. Kanban team members have room to experiment, make mistakes, assess, and learn from them. They will excel in their process, and finally their business outcomes.



    Visualize Your Workflow With Kanban



    Let’s talk about the significance of visual components in our lives. Human beings love visual elements. Our brains capture more information from one single picture than multiple pages of text. Furthermore, we can process visual elements far faster than words.



    30% of our brain neurons participate in the task of visual perception. In contrast, only 8% of brain neurons are active for hearing, and 3% of them are functioning for our touching sense.



    Furthermore, when we look at visual components, our brains are able to process numerous pieces of information concurrently. Our brains can process visual elements around 60,000 times faster than it processes textual elements.



    Visual data such as images, graphics, illustrations, infographics are a significant relief for our brain in information overload of our personal and business lives. The reason behind much faster and efficient visual processing is pretty simple. Threats in the ancient world were visible things, not memorandums, protocols or other documents.



    The Kanban framework utilizes the Kanban board to make its workflow visible and transparent. 



    The way the Kanban board was set should enable proper planning, visualization, delivery of work, the continuous improvement of the workflow, and the individual performance of Kanban team members.



    How You Visualize Your Kanban Workflow



    Visualization of your workflow and processes can become quite a daunting task. That is especially true if your organization used to tolerate intransparent work among different silos of matrix organizational structure

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    scrum-institute-kanban-framework-episode-10

    scrum-institute-kanban-framework-episode-10

    Scrum Institute, Kanban Framework Episode #10 has been proudly brought to you by International Scrum Institute, https://www.scrum-institute.org



    You can also listen Scrum Institute’s Podcast from Apple, Spotify, Castbox and Google Play.



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    What Are Key Metrics To Manage A Kanban Workflow?



    You can only improve what you are focusing on. Key Kanban metrics you choose to assess the performance of your Kanban workflow are not an exception to this critical rule.



    It is essential that you know the key Kanban metrics to manage your Kanban workflow. So you can enhance the business throughput and reduce the wastes of your Kanban team in this process.



    Here are some key Kanban metrics you should be continuously monitoring as part of your initiative to improve your Kanban workflow:



    Team Throughput: The number of Kanban cards the Kanban team delivers in their Kanban workflow in a given unit time interval.Work In Progress (WIP): The number of Kanban cards in work in progress state at different stages of development and delivery process (Kanban workflow).Lead Time: The amount of time a Kanban card spends in Kanban workflow from the moment business stakeholders request it until it is successfully delivered.Cycle Time: The amount of time a Kanban card spends in Kanban workflow from the moment the Kanban team starts working on it until the Kanban team finishes its tasks for the given card.



    Cycle Time, Work In Progress (WIP), Team Throughput are interrelated by Little’s Law.



    Little’s Law states that:



    Cycle Time = Work In Progress (WIP) / Team Throughput 



    Little’s Law guides us to properly administer, set client expectations, and continuously improve the Kanban workflow.



    Little’s Law shows the correlation between the three key Kanban workflow metrics. Changing one of these metrics will have an impact on the other two metrics.



    For instance: To accomplish a reduction in cycle time, Work in Progress (WIP) must decrease, or the Team Throughput must increase.



    Work Item Age:The amount of time a Kanban card in work in progress state spends in the Kanban workfl ow from the moment the Kanban team starts working it until the moment of measurement.Problems (Impediments): The number of Kanban cards in the Kanban workflow that cannot be processed or delivered due to blocking dependencies, planning, or all other types of errors.



    The excellent point about Kanban metrics is that you can determine the length of your feedback loop, based on how frequently you want to analyze your metrics and make changes in your Kanban workflow.



    A long feedback loop indicates that your process improvement will be slow. A short feedback loop suggests that your process may not have sufficient time to stabilize between each change.



    The length of the feedback loop in which you observe your metrics is one of the items you can experiment too.

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    Scrum Institute Podcast | Kanban Framework Episode #9

    Scrum Institute Podcast | Kanban Framework Episode #9

    Scrum Institute, Kanban Framework Episode #9 has been proudly brought to you by International Scrum Institute, https://www.scrum-institute.org



    You can also listen Scrum Institute’s Podcast from Apple, Spotify, Castbox and Google Play.



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    What Is A Kanban Workflow? (Kanban Workflow Definition – Kanban Workflow Meaning)



    All work a Kanban team performs and delivers from the conception of their product until the end of the product’s life cycle builds the Kanban team’s workflow. And yet, the reliability, repeatability, and improvement of any process are not only based on the actual work delivered. But also they are based on the agreed norms of how the work is performed. (How the work flows.)



    Kanban Workflow Definition



    A Kanban workflow defines explicit policies and principles, followed by the Kanban team. Its main objective is to represent the rules and procedures of work while the work is flowing across different stages of its development and delivery cycle.



    It’s important to understand that the Kanban team cannot be imposed to use a specific workflow defined by their business stakeholders.



    And yet, Kanban teams should bear in mind expectations from business units in upstream and downstream work centers to contribute the bottom line of their organizations



    Therefore, the game plan to build and improve a Kanban workflow requires continuous collaboration between Kanban delivery teams and their associated counterparts at surrounding work centers.



    The Kanban Framework administers, plans, and operates the Kanban workflow by using a Kanban board.



    Thus, the work in progress (WIP) limits for development and delivery steps offer immediate feedback loops. These feedback loops enable a Kanban team to monitor, address, and follow up on issues of its Kanban workflow.

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    Scrum Institute Podcast | Kanban Framework Episode #8

    Scrum Institute Podcast | Kanban Framework Episode #8

    Scrum Institute, Kanban Framework Episode #8 has been proudly brought to you by International Scrum Institute, https://www.scrum-institute.org



    You can also listen Scrum Institute’s Podcast from Apple, Spotify, Castbox and Google Play.



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    What Is A Kanban Certification?



    Kanban certification has been granting tremendous advantages to millions of Kanban experts until today. Therefore, there is no reason that you won’t join these skillful men and women who promoted their careers and professional abilities with the help of the Kanban framework.



    Kanban Certification Definition



    A Kanban certification is the attestation of your proficiency in the Kanban operations management, as well as in the Kanban software development and delivery framework.



    Kanban certification recognizes your expressed knowledge and distinguished expertise in the Kanban framework after an official multiplechoice test examination.



    If you’re still curious, I would love to reassure you that you can no longer envision a flourishing career without holding a Kanban certification. It’sregardless of your position, power, and expertise in knowledge work and information technology ecosystems.



    You even don’t need to be an IT expert anymore to know what Kanban is, how Kanban works, and get a Kanban certification. Regardless of what you are doing for a living, and regardless you belong to an IT department or not, there is an inherent and undeniable truth.



    Your duties and acknowledged market power you’ve been offering for your business are reliant on and interrelated to information work, software, Kanban framework and Kanban principles.



    Moreover, due to the transformation of conventional enterprise types into software as a service (SaaS) forced companies or so-called digitalization journey, it’s no longer a deliberate choice for any trained expert in or outside the IT department to get certified as a Kanban expert.



    However, it’s a necessity now to get a Kanban certification.



    What Is Certified Kanban Expert (Kanban-EXP) Certification Program? And Why Is It Important For Your Career?



    The primary function of a Certified Kanban Expert (Kanban-EXP) is to ensure flawless foundation, adequate and sound development, and constant refinement of Kanban practices in a Kanban organization and its Kanban teams.



    Hence, the proficiency and viewpoint of all team members in a Kanban system and how well they fit their Kanban teams are essential. These fundamental factors usually determine the maturity level and business throughput of a Kanban organization.



    Whether you belong to a Kanban team or you cooperate and operate together with other Kanban organizations, you need to have a clear understanding of Kanban.



    Certified Kanban Expert (Kanban-EXP) Certification Program will teach you how and what makes the Kanban framework far more efficient to work with than many other operational management, software development, and delivery processes.



    Accordingly, regardless you’re an IT, software, technology practitioner, leader, manager or not, every professional at this current digitalization age (when software and everything around it are kings) is highly recommended to become a Certified Kanban Expert (Kanban-EXP).



    What Is Certified Kanban Project Manager (Kanban-PM) Certification Program? And Why Is It Important For Your Career?



    Certified Kanban Project Manager (Kanban- PM) is the person accountable for fulfilling the desired and declared project goals. Key responsibilities of a Kanban project manager involve building transparent and achievable project goals and facilitating the development of project

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    Scrum Institute Podcast | Kanban Framework Episode #7

    Scrum Institute Podcast | Kanban Framework Episode #7

    Scrum Institute, Kanban Framework Episode #7 has been proudly brought to you by International Scrum Institute, https://www.scrum-institute.org



    You can also listen Scrum Institute’s Podcast from Apple, Spotify, Castbox and Google Play.



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    What Is A Kanban Tool (Kanban Board Tool) for Project Management?



    A Kanban board tool (Kanban tool) for project management is going to give you a fantastic clarity and transparency of the progress and bottlenecks of your projects.



    Kanban cards, colors, swimlanes, tags, and due dates will assist you in composing your work on your digital Kanban board software. You will have the ability to analyze and continuously improve your processes to increase business effi ciency and reduce wastes.



    Below are some of the Kanban board tools for project management. International Scrum Institute does not testify the fit or performance of any of these Kanban tools for your own project and business. However, we can confirm that we have a pleasant experience with Trello mentioned in this list.



    Asana Boards,Azure DevOps Server (to administer Kanban workflows among distributed teams),CA Technologies Rally (to manage software projects with pull-based lean planning tools),Jira Kanban Boards,Meister Task Kanban Application,Microsoft Planner (Part of Microsoft Office 365),Notion App,Projektron BCS (Kanban board and cards for software development and software maintenance teams),Trello (Kanban board tool and electronic Kanban cards for project management)Tuleap (Open source application for software engineering teams),Twproject (project and program management software based on Kanban).

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