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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!

  • Machiel Groeneveld

    I’d like to promote my own blog on this topic, I call it Feature Flow to make sure no one will say: “That’s not Kanban you’re doing”, it’s inspired by Corey Ladas’ presentation on Scrumban.

  • John Goodsen

    We are about ready to make publicly available and free. Look for announcements in the next month on most major lean mailing lists, twitter feeds and blogs.

  • Kevin E. Schlabach

    Thanks for the compilation! I’ve been making my own list and hadn’t gotten this far!

  • Derick Bailey

    Hey Michael,

    Thank you for including my post in this list! I&#39m happy to see that you think my thoughts and understanding are on par with the other great articles, blogs, and authors that you&#39ve linked to – many of which were directly influential in my writing. 🙂


  • Nate Kohari

    Great post! We’re preparing to launch Zen, our hosted kanban solution ( We’ve been in private beta for awhile now, and will be launching publicly in July.

  • Michael Dubakov


    Radtrack included.

  • Michael Dubakov


    I’ve included Zen into the list. I think it will be the best tool from the all mentioned above.

  • Michael Dubakov

    @Michael Dubakov Looked at Zen today. Not bad tool at all, but will work for small teams only. I doubt it can scale well (so far).

  • Project Management

    Thanks for sharing this post

  • Pablo Pernot

    Great job to share that links

  • Brandon

    We just started an open source project for kanban or scrum called
    Digaboard. The tool first took shape at The Motley Fool (
    and started because we couldnt find a tool that could be used during a
    stand-up and at our desks… everything out there is just overly
    complicated and we just wanted something to easily visualize our
    tasks. Check it out and let us know what you think.

  • PhilB

    Here is another tool to add to your list which I found while searching for a Kanban / Scrum tool: Silver Catalyst ( It supports several different lean frameworks including EP, Scrum, Kanban. Don’t know if we will use it, but it looks pretty good so far.

  • Tomek Dabrowski

    Re. Tools – I encourge you to check our online Taskboard 🙂 It helps my team a lots with task’s allocation – you can check homepage at

    fyi: taskboard is open source project so any feedback is welcome! 🙂

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    I&#39d like to promote my own blog on this topic, I call it Feature Flow to make sure no one will say: “That&#39s not Kanban you&#39re doing”, it&#39s inspired by Corey Ladas&#39 presentation on Scrumban.

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  • Paul_Sc

    you missed – really nice and easy to use project management tool.

  • Andy looks also interesting: free beta version. Colorful cards, collapsing columns, WIP limits and searching. Good for personal and professional use.

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    I&#39m on the project team for so this is a shameless plug, but it is another tool for distributed or just online personal or team kanban

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  • Project Tracking Software

    By Kanban what you mean is task management technique that Toyota invented in the earlier days, right?