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My journey with Kanban and why I actively recommend it to clients.

Embracing Kanban for Enhanced Workflow and Predictability


My journey with Kanban began with the guidance of Daniel Vacanti and Steve Porter during the first Professional Scrum with Kanban class back in late 2017 and early 2018. At that time, I didn’t fully grasp the value of this unique approach—an observational tool that provides a different way of thinking about workflow. Understanding Kanban as a strategy, not a system, has been crucial in appreciating its full potential.

The Core of Kanban: A Strategy for Optimization

Kanban is best understood as a strategy for examining and optimizing your existing workflow. It’s not a standalone system but a means to understand and actively manage the flow of work through your current system. This approach is particularly beneficial when integrated with Scrum teams to enhance their processes, improve predictability, and ultimately deliver greater value to the business.

Addressing Common Challenges in Scrum Teams

Many Scrum teams struggle with predictability and consistency in delivering working products by the end of each sprint. This inconsistency often leads to business stakeholders feeling uncertain and frustrated because they perceive the output as erratic and unpredictable. They may feel that the deliverables are not meeting expectations in terms of cost, quality, and timing.

Lack of Transparency:

Traditional Scrum teams often fall short in providing the level of transparency needed by the business. Without clear visibility into the process and progress, stakeholders’ fear and uncertainty grow. This fear drives a desire for more control, which can lead to regression into old, less effective practices.

Kanban: Enhancing Transparency and Reducing Fear

A Kanban strategy provides the necessary transparency to alleviate these fears. By using Kanban metrics, teams can offer valuable insights into their workflow, helping stakeholders understand the process and make informed decisions. This increased transparency reduces the desire for control and fosters trust in the Agile process.

Key Learnings from Kanban:

  1. Improving Predictability:
  • Kanban metrics help teams understand and enhance their predictability.
  • Actively managing the flow of work leads to more consistent delivery.
  1. Building Trust through Transparency:
  • Providing clear data and insights reassures stakeholders.
  • Transparency enables better decision-making and reduces fear.
  1. Applying Kanban Across Contexts:
  • Kanban is versatile and applicable to any team in any industry.
  • From marketing teams to software development and factory production, Kanban enhances workflow and predictability.

Kanban: A Universal Strategy

Kanban is not limited to software teams. It can be applied to any team, delivering any type of work, in any context. Whether you’re in marketing, software development, management, or manufacturing, a Kanban strategy provides the metrics and insights needed to optimize your workflow. These metrics lead to better decisions, more effective flow, and the ability to stop ineffective practices.

Why Every Team Should Use Kanban:

  • Marketing Teams: Streamline content creation and campaign management.
  • Software Teams: Enhance Scrum processes and improve software delivery.
  • Management Teams: Optimize portfolio management and decision-making.
  • Manufacturing: Improve production workflows and efficiency.


Kanban is a powerful strategy for any team, in any industry, aiming to optimize their workflow and increase predictability. By providing the necessary transparency and data-driven insights, Kanban helps teams make better decisions, ask more interesting questions, and achieve more effective outcomes. Embrace Kanban to transform your team’s approach to work and deliver greater value consistently.

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