Kanban: The Key to Unlocking SAFe® (Scaled Agile Framework)

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The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)® provides enterprises with a proven framework for applying Lean-Agile practices at scale.

The wider inclusion of Kanban in SAFe 4.0® enables organizations to improve business flow at every level of the business.

LeanKit is uniquely suited to help you coordinate efforts and accelerate delivery across large, complex value streams. Get the most out of the Scaled Agile Framework® by implementing Kanban at all levels with LeanKit.

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6 Benefits of Kanban for Project Management

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To the uninitiated, Kanban might sound more like an appetizer you’d order at a sushi restaurant than a method of project management. Kanban may not be edible, but it is a Japanese export. It was created by a Japanese engineer at Toyota in the 1940s as a way to organize work and address inefficiencies in the company’s manufacturing system.

Kanban first piqued the interest of business leaders in the early 2000s, when it was primarily used to optimize software development workflows. Today, Kanban is being applied across all disciplines of knowledge work to help teams visualize, manage, and optimize their work.

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Kanban Calculations: How to Calculate Cycle Time

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In my last post, I talked about the basic metrics of flow (cycle time, throughput, and WIP) and shared what data you’d need to collect to get started. Now that you have the data — how do you turn it into meaningful flow metrics? You’ll just need to learn a few simple Kanban calculations. In this post, I’ll share how to calculate cycle time using start and finish times of work items.

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Using Flow Metrics to Deliver Faster

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If you practice Kanban, you already understand the incredible insight that visualization can bring to the way you work. But do you know how to use that insight to optimize your workflow? You might be surprised to learn that you already have all the data you need to begin optimizing flow — you just need to learn a few basic Kanban calculations to turn that raw data into actionable flow metrics.

We asked Dan Vacanti, CEO and co-founder of ActionableAgile and author of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability, to share his insights on how to use Kanban metrics to optimize flow. In a series of posts, Dan will explain how to harness the power of data in Kanban to help you maximize the value you can bring to your customers.

In this post, you’ll learn the basic metrics of flow, and how to analyze the data your board data to begin optimizing your workflow. In future posts, you’ll learn how to use Kanban calculations to continously improve your process.

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How Kanban Keeps Us on the Same Page

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My name is Ariel Klontz, and I have been working at LeanKit for the past few months as an intern alongside Andy Hoover on the Customer Documentation team.

When I first started here, I was nervous about how much work I could really accomplish on a part-time basis; but working at LeanKit opened my eyes to a whole new way to manage work. Working in a virtual Kanban board showed me how powerful our tool is — it keeps our entire team on the same page, even when the pages are constantly turning. I don’t have to wait to be told what to do. I can see what work I need to accomplish by glancing at our board, and I have the tools to move forward with it.

Today I’ll share how LeanKit helps our team systematically update our Knowledge Base based on product updates and customer feedback, so customers always have the latest information about our product. I’ll also explain how using a virtual Kanban board enables everyone — even part-time interns — to add real value.

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