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Friday’s Digest #14 (Kanban, Extreme Programming)

  • The roots of agile project management is a nice article. It summarizes trends that evolved into agile software development paradigm.”If users can’t foretell what they’ll want until they see it, if predicting and planning substantial IT projects is not possible, and if protecting projects against changes that arise during the development process is impractical, the ideas behind existing “waterfall” methods are clearly flawed, and an incremental, prototype-based methodology could offer substantial benefits.”
  • Defining Kanban on my opinion is the best article that describe what Kanban really is. On author opinion, Kanban has just two properties: have a pull system, provides rapid and highly visible feedback. I support this vision.
  • Extreme Programming Mind Map. Nice overview of Extreme Programming with a good mind map.

Lean and Kanban Software Development Digest


Lean and Kanban software development adoption is growing. More and more companies setup Kanban Boards, limit WIP and eliminate Muda.

This collection of links will help you understand all that buzz around Lean/Kanban and decide whether it is worth trying. I’ve read all the articles and posts below, so this list is a truly selected thing ;).

Articles and Blog Posts

  • Lean Software Development. Wikipedia summary about lean software development. It is a good start to digg into the topic (as usual).
  • Kanban Development Oversimplified. Most likely the best article to start with Kanban. Very clear, very detailed. Good work!
  • Kanban, Flow and Cadence. This blog post with many nice pictures describes three important properties of Lean: Kanban – Controlled Work, Flow – Effective Work, Cadence – Reliable Work.
  • Scrum-ban. Interesting attempt to mix Scrum and Kanban, taking the best from both worlds. Kanban with iterations is possible.
  • Beyond Scrum: Lean and Kanban for Game Developers. Article describes real Lean/Kanban implementation for game development industry. The section on how to improve The Flow (3 strategies: Time-boxing, Levelling workflow, Reduce waste) is especially good.
  • Adventures In Lean. Series of posts about Lean approach with focus on real problems solving (handling bugs and emergency fixes in Kanban, setup pipeline, bottlenecks, etc.).
  • Lean and Kanban. Several posts on the topics in this blog.


Lean/Kanban Blogs

  • Agile Management Blog. Lots of interesting posts from David J. Anderson (well known engine of Lean software development :)
  • Richard Durnall Blog. Pull and Push systems, interviews, lean roots and principles. Nice reading with hand-drawn diagrams.
  • Lean Software Engineering. Corey Ladas and Bernie Thompson are blogging about Lean, Scrumban and Kanban, Theory of Constraints, software development and other topics you did not even hear about.
  • AvailAgility. Karl Scotland’s posts are very interesting (and helpful) to read. Isn’t Kanban just a Task-board? Check the blog to get an answer.
  • The Agile Executive. Many insights into Kanban and summaries from the first lean conference.
  • Software Just in Time. Lean concepts and real lean applications posts by Alisson Vale.

Lean/Kanban People in Twitter

  • David J. Anderson. Lean/Kanban software development pioneer.
  • Corey Ladas. Product development methodologist. Author of Scrum-ban book.
  • Henrik Kniberg. Optimize, debug & refactor IT companies. Author of Scrum vs. Kanban presentation (which is very good!)
  • Karl Scotland. Agile Coach. He runs AvailAgility blog with great insights into Lean and Kanban.
  • Rob Lally. Renaissance Technologist.
  • Alisson Vale. Alisson implemented outstanding Kanban process in his company.


There are just several Kanban tools on the market. To be honest, I don’t like TRICHORD UI. LeanKit: Kanban looks much better, but it can work for small teams only on my opinion. Anyway, it seems Kanban tools vendors’ race just began.

If you know other tools that support Kanban, drop a comment and I’ll happily include them into the list.

  • TargetProcess. Customizable Kanban Board and other vanilla.
  • Zen. Good tool for small teams.
  • LeanKit: Kanban. In beta so far, but looks quite neat. Maybe useful for small teams.
  • TRICHORD. Desktop project management application with Kanban boards.
  • Radtrack. Registration does not work, but I found the screenshot via Google. Looks like LeanKit so far.

Did I miss something interesting? Drop a comment!

Friday's Digest #13 [Kanban, ASP.NET MVC, Ajax]

  • Goals for using Kanban David Anderson put a nice list of Kanban usage goals. “Goal 1. Improved performance through process improvements introduced with minimal resistance”
  • How we do MVC and Our “Opinions” on the ASP.NET MVC . Very good posts about ASP.NET MVC challenges, tricks and solutions. Must read if you are starting serious project based on ASP.NET MVC.
  • Tim Sporcic blog. I like this blog a lot. Tim has a talent to express his thoughts and most posts are very interesting and helpful. If you are using ExtJs, ajax and mvc pattern — just add the feed to your feed reader.
  • jQuery vs. MooTools. Extensive comparison of two popular JavaScript frameworks. If you evaluating choices, don’t miss this reading.

Friday's Digest #12 [Design, Business, Kanban]

  • In Defense of Eye Candy. Nice article. It discusses why aesthetics is important in a design: “when we talk about how emotions influence interactions, it’s closer to the truth to say things that are enjoyable will be easy to use and efficient.” And another fantastic quote “how we ‘think’ cannot be separated from how we ‘feel’“.
  • Discovery-driven Growth: The Only Plan Is to Learn as You Go. Quite lengthy, but interesting interview about business development in a current economy. Discovery-driven growth is a way to go.
  • Kanban and Time-boxes. Does Kanban compatible with iterations and time-boxes?
  • Wanted/Needed: UX Design for Collaboration 2.0. Designing collaboration software has some specifics. Can we create a framework that help with it?

Friday's Digest #11 [Kanban, GTD, Economy]

Friday's Digest #10 [Scrumban, Pair Programming]

Friday's Digest #9 [Pair Programming, Design, CI]

  • I Love Pair-Programming. Fantastic real-life experience of pair programming. It is hard to advertise it more.
  • 21 ways to hate pair programming. Nice list of mistakes people often make when doing pair programming.
  • Fantastic sign up form. Creative way to provide sign up form. Not sure about usability (on my opinion not much difference from usual form), but it is eye-catching and “tangible”.
  • Continuous Deployment is about deploying code changes to production as rapidly as possible. “Every commit should be instantly deployed to production”. Is it possible? IMVU proved it is. Nice goal we should strive for. Extreme case of Continuous Integration is Continuous Deployment.

Friday's Digest #8 [Scrum, Lean, Economy]

Friday's Digest #7 [UI, Design]

Friday's Digest #6 [Scrum, Crisis, Web 2.0]

  • Is there an alternative to Scrum of Scrums? Will Read proposes Mesh network as a Scrum of Scrums replacement. Looks interesting as an information exchange flows in an organization.
  • After The Crisis: A Parody of 15 Corporate Logos. Apple logo is very funny :)
  • Jeff Atwood thinks that web application should not follow desktop application design. “A web app that apes the conventions of a desktop application is attempting to cross the uncanny valley of user interface design. This is a bad idea for all the same reasons; the tiny flaws and imperfections of the simulation will be grossly magnified for users.”
  • Herb Sutter found two fallacies in Jeff’s post and think that this is a natural evolution. “Today, everyone writing rich Web 2.0 applications is doing their own thing, borrowing as best they can from Macs and Windows and others — but the results are all over the map, and will continue to be until there actually is such a thing as a UI standard for rich-GUI web applications.”

I tend to agree with Herb. I don’t feel bad when using web based app that looks familiar. And I definitely agree that in the future we will have several common frameworks for rich UI applications development with quite similar paradigms and interface concepts.


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