Top Kanban Blogs
Stay up to date with the latest thoughts from leading Kanban experts and practitioners. This selection of top blogs brings you insights and education to inspire your Lean and Kanban initiatives. Whether you’re just getting started or looking for continuous improvement suggestions, you’ll find a wealth of great info and expertise.
Why Read: Karl is a British software practitioner with over 15 years of agile experience at top companies like BBC, Yahoo!, and EMC Consulting. His blog contains posts about these experiences, including several papers and presentations on Kanban.
Becoming an Agile Family
Blogger: Maritza van den Heuvel, Innovation Lab Director at Pearson Southern Africa
Why Read: Maritza is the co-author of Beyond Agile – Tales of Continuous Improvement, and an avid proponent of “visualization and systems thinking to drive continuous improvement.” Her blog covers a range of topics from her Personal Kanban as a mother, to moving from Scrum to Kanban.
David J Anderson & Associates, Inc.
Blogger: David Anderson, Founder of David J Anderson & Associates, Inc.
Why Read: David Anderson is widely recognized as the originator of Kanban as a system in knowledge work through his consulting efforts and books, which establish the Kanban Method as an agile and evolutionary approach to change. He is also the former CEO of Lean Kanban, Inc, the company that operates LeanKanban University.
Blogger: Dominica DeGrandis, Director of Learning & Development at LeanKit and Owner of Dominica DeGrandis & Associates
Why Read: Dominica is a teacher and implementer of the Kanban method to teams all over the world. She is a proponent of the DevOps movement, working to bridge the gap between Development and Operations teams.
Blogger: Patrick Steyaert, Founder and Principal Coach at Okaloa in Belgium
Why Read: Patrick is a hands-on Lean-Agile change coach with a focus on improving strategic agility in technology organizations. He is the lead contributor for Discovery Kanban, sharing his perspective on Kanban in the context of organizational change.
Blogger: Julia Wester, Improvement Coach at LeanKit
Why Read: Julia is an IT manager by trade, and a student of The Kanban Method who learned under David Anderson. She describes her blog as “layman’s way of describing Kanban” through which she transfers her knowledge to the business world.
Hakan Forss’s Blog
Blogger: Hakan Forss, Lean/Agile Coach at Avega Group AB
Why Read: Hakan is a Lean/Agile Coach, speaker, and author in Stockholm. He works with organizations, teams, and individuals to develop the ability to continuously learn and improve how work is done.
IT Revolution Press DevOps Blog
Blogger: Gene Kim, Author, Researcher, Speaker, Director, and DevOps Enthusiast
Why Read: Gene is the co-author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win and The DevOps Cookbook. He is passionate about transforming IT Organizations from “good to great.”
Blogger: Joakim Sundén, Scrum Master and Agile Coach at Spotify
Why Read: Joakim is the co-author of Kanban In Action. Read his blog for real-world stories of how Spotify utilized Kanban to stay lean.
Blogger: Dr. Klaus Leopold, Kanban Trainer and Coach at LEANability
Why Read: Dr. Leopold is a computer scientist with a significant Kanban background. He co-authored Kanban in IT: Achieving a Culture of Continuous Improvement, and was heavily involved in founding the Limited WIP Societies in both Austria and Switzerland.
LeadingAgile Field Notes
Blogger: Various LeadingAgile Consultants and Contributors
Why Read: LeadingAgile provides consulting services to help companies “get started down the path of becoming a high-performing product organization” and their blog includes insights on how to craft an effective transformation strategy.
Blogger: Mark Graban, VP of Customer Success at KaiNexus
Why Read: Mark is recognized as a leader in the Lean Healthcare industry, and is committed to the mission of “making improvement happen” in healthcare. He is the author of Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements.
Lean Kanban University Blog
Blogger: Lean Kanban, Inc. and its contributors, several of which are also authors of other blogs on this list
Why Read: Lean Kanban, Inc. is a professional association and standards body created to grow the teachings of Kanban worldwide while maintaining the interests of managers who seek to apply Kanban to their work.
Blogger: Jeff Anderson, Deloitte LEAN Service Offering Lead at Deloitte Canada
Why Read: Jeff’s mission in life is clear: “to help technology knowledge workers be awesome at what they do.” To this end, Jeff helped set up the Deloitte LEAN service offering in Canada, is the author of The Lean Change Method, and a Fellow in the Lean Systems Society.
Limited WIP Society Blog
Blogger: Various contributing members to The Limited WIP Society, including LeanKit CEO Chris Hefley
Why Read: The Limited WIP Society is the home to a global community that is embracing the practice of Kanban. This blog provides a forum for community members to share useful resources and stay informed.
Liz Keogh, lunivore
Blogger: Liz Keogh, Independent Lean and Agile Consultant in London
Why Read: Liz has over 15 years of experience in the software space. She was awarded the Gordon Pask award in 2010 for deepening existing ideas in the Agile space and “coming up with some pretty crazy ones of her own”.
Blogger: Marcus Hammarberg, Kanban Coach and Software Developer at Aptitud
Why Read: Marcus is a team leader, agile coach, and system architect. He is also the co-author of Kanban In Action, a “practical introduction to Kanban,” and his blog presents insights into his work and experience as a Kanban Coach.
Modus Cooperandi Blog
Blogger: Members of Modus Cooperandi, a Kanban Consultancy
Why Read: Modus Cooperandi is a Kanban consultancy company founded by Jim Benson to provide education for teams at various levels of Kanban adoption and has also published several essays and whitepapers on the topic.
Blogger: Neil Killick, Independent Agile/Lean Software Professional in Australia
Why Read: Neil is all about shifting conventional thinking with Lean and Agile. He blogs on the topics of agile and systems thinking and is a proponent of “no estimates.”
Net Objectives Blog
Blogger: Al Shalloway, founder and CEO of Net Objectives
Why Read: Al has more than 40 years of experience in the Agile/Lean space and is widely recognized as a thought leader on many topics, including Kanban, product portfolio management, SAFe, Scrum, and agile design.
Blogger: Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry, Originators of Personal Kanban and Founders of Modus Cooperandi
Why Read: The goal of Personal Kanban is to give us clarity in our work and our lives by visualizing tasks, expectations, and commitments – and helping us prioritize and complete them.
Blogger: Mike Burrows, Associate at David J Anderson & Associates, Inc.
Why Read: Mike is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) who works with leadership teams to help implement end-to-end Lean, Kanban, and Agile initiatives. He authored the book Kanban from the Inside and is a regular speaker at Lean Kanban conferences.
Software Project Management
Blogger: Pawel Brodzinski, CEO and Coach at Lunar Logic
Why Read: Pawel has a wealth of Kanban experience and loves to share it with the world, through both his blog and speaking engagements. Especially well known for his writing on portfolio Kanban, he also happens to be a great guy who prefers the title of Chief Cook and Bottle-Washer over CEO.
Systems Thinking, Lean and Kanban
Blogger: David Joyce, Consultant at ThoughtWorks
Why Read: David works with executives, senior managers, front-line leaders, and front-line staff, helping them instigate sustainable change by applying methods such as the Vanguard Method, Systems Thinking, Intervention Theory, and Agile.
Tame the Flow
Blogger: Steve Tendon, Organizational Performance Management Consultant
Why Read: Steve has developed his own approach to organizational performance improvement and management, which he calls Tame the Flow. His blog is a continuation of the book.
The Critical Path
Blogger: Derek Huether, Enterprise Agile Coach at LeadingAgile
Why Read: Derek is the author of Zombie Project Management and an avid practitioner of Personal Kanban. He presents at a number of conferences and often publishes his speaking materials on his blog.
The IT Risk Manager
Blogger: Chris Matts, Programme Manager, Project Manager, and Business Analyst
Why Read: Chris specializes in delivering trading and risk management systems in investment banks. His goal is to deliver business value by managing project risks. He achieves this by focusing on optimizing time to delivery rather than minimizing the costs.
The Kanban Way
Blogger: Charan Atreya, Lean Kanban/Agile Program Manager at Salesforce
Why Read: Charan believes that sustained improvement comes from managing differently. His focus is on helping operational and project teams achieve breakthrough performance the Kanban way.
The Lean Post
Blogger: Various contributors to the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI)
Why Read: The LEI is a nonprofit think tank focused on education, publishing, research, and conference organization centered around building hypotheses on Lean thinking.
The Practical Agile Blog
Blogger: Dan Tousignant, Agile Executive Coach and Trainer at BostonAgileTraining.com and HawaiiAgile.com
Why Read: A Scrum trainer and Agile Coach, Dan offers practical advice on how to “implement agile in this exceedingly un-Agile world.” He draws from over 20 years of consulting engagements, describing himself as a “passionate outlier.”
Vega Information System Services, Inc. Blog
Blogger: Frank Vega, President and CEO of Vega Information System Services, Inc
Why Read: Frank assists organizations with improving their capability to predictably deliver quality software sooner by providing “hands-on” coaching and leadership. An instrumental leader in the Agile Denver Kanban community, Frank has worked in the IT/IS field for over 20 years.
Blogger: Yuval Yeret, Enterprise Lean/Agile Coach and CTO at AgileSparks
Why Read: Yuval is one of the leading Agile/ Kanban coaches in Israel — with a specific interest in Limited WIP systems. His blog focuses on his experiences using Lean and Agile approaches to help organizations become more effective.
Blogger: Zsolt Fabok, Project Manager, Agile Coach, and Developer at Prezi in Hungary
Why Read: Zsolt is a Kanban and Agile enthusiast who thrives on working with teams and helping them become better. He shares his views on both the theories of Kanban and some of the more technical implementations of it through his blog.
We hope you enjoy our list, which was inspired by our good friend Peter Saddington over at Agile Scout. If you believe that your blog is worthy of inclusion on this list or that we have misrepresented your content, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider your request.