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Kanban applies the Lean principles developed over decades in manufacturing to the Software Development and IT Operations worlds. It aims for Continuous Improvement, Waste Reduction and Value Maximization throughout your value stream. Although Kanban has 6 simple principles and advocates evolutionary change with low disruption and minimal conflict, many of its underlying concepts are counter-intuitive. Successfully adopting Kanban requires an understanding of the science behind it and embracing a set of axioms and values which depart significantly from traditional project and enterprise management orthodoxy. Training and coaching from people who have done this before is essential to making Kanban ‘stick’.
Kanban is not an alternative to Agile methods such as Scrum or XP. Neither does it require that you re-engineer the existing way you work, your roles and responsibilities, your tools and practices. Instead, it creates an environment where impediments to getting valuable work done are exposed. It encourages collaborations to improve across teams, functions and departments. It leads to radical reductions in wasted effort, reduces leads times, improves predictability and gives better quality. It can be applied at any and all levels in the organisation, from individuals to teams to business units, across software development, project management, portfolio management, infrastructure operations and even customer support.
With over 25 years in software development, Colm has been applying agile and lean approaches for over 10 years. In the last four years as a trainer, coach and consultant, Colm has supported large scale agile adoptions in over 20 organisations including global multi-nationals and indigenous Irish firms across ICT, Finance and Telecoms. Colm is founder and principle of AgileInnovation – his company name reflects his research into the interplay of agile and lean development approaches and product and process innovation.
Colms’ interest in Lean Thinking began when automating Just-In-Time production lines in the 1980s. Implementing early agile software methods in 2001, Colm has extensive hands-on experiences across teams, organisations and technologies. In varied roles of developer, architect, ScrumMaster and Director, he has seen Lean and Agile from a variety of perspectives. These include the use of agile in the development of enterprise systems, embedded software, high-innovation research environments and in product organisations.
Colm delivers on-site and public courses such as Agile for Executives, ScrumMaster and Product Owner training and Lean/Kanban product and software development. He supports companies adopting these methods through assessments, consulting and team coaching.