Kanban: The Evolutionary Approach to Change

Considering a Lean initiative for your organization? Kanban is “the humane, start with what you do now approach to change,” says Mike Burrows, UK director of David J. Anderson and Associates.

In his article The Sustainability Agenda in Kanban, we see how Kanban supports the concept of evolutionary change.  He introduces three patterns of organizational engagement, or “agendas for change,” and the potential response to each.


Defined as being motivated by the need for relief from processes or workloads that cannot be humanely sustained, the ‘sustainability agenda’ is facilitated by three Kanban values:

  1. Transparency (through visualizing work)
  2. Balance (through workload management)
  3. Collaboration (through quality interactions)

By integrating these values into what you do now, change isn’t treated as a standalone activity.  Once the work is transparent, the evolution is initiated and continuous improvement becomes more than yet another change – it’s an agenda.

Read the full article: http://www.infoq.com/articles/kanban-agenda-part1-sustainability

Katie St. Francis

Katie is a constant learner, Lean practitioner and product enthusiast. As a Product Manager at LeanKit, she works to help solve customer problems and help them find ways to deliver value faster. She spends her spare time crunching data to find opportunities for continuous improvement and asking “why.” Follow her on Twitter at @kstfrancis.