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An Introduction to The Kanban Method by Dave White

Hi CAMUG members,

Our next session is Thursday, October 3rd, and we're moving slightly off campus to the Alistair Ross Technology Centre.


As a relative newcomer to the process methodology scene, there is a lot of interest and questions in the community about The Kanban Method. Between comparisons with Scrum and inclusion of kanban guidance in the new SAFe literature, there is a lot of confusion about what kanban is and is not.

With roots in the lean manufacturing movement that was born at Toyota in post-war Japan, The Kanban Method is a modern management approach that is an adaptation of lean principals of manufacturing to the creative, knowledge work-based problems that modern software development organizations face. It can help development teams improve delivery through better visibility and limits on work in process.

This presentation will start with an overview of the Kanban Method including the history and motivation. We will then explore the core principles and practices, and how these are used to create a kaizen culture within an organization, and how this culture will lead to efficiency and process improvement in your organization

About Dave White:

Dave White is a Technical Program Director at Imaginet Resources Corp., a Canadian based Microsoft Partner and Microsoft ALM Partner of the Year for 2011. Currently, Dave is serving on the Management Board for Lean-Kanban University, the global standards body for The Kanban Method. He is also on the Advisory Board for LKU’s Accredited Kanban Training program. He holds numerous Microsoft certifications including Microsoft Certified Trainer.

With over 15 years of experience, Dave specializes in helping organizations around the world realize their potential through maturing their culture and improving their software development and information technology practices. Dave is passionate about Application Lifecycle Management tooling, techniques, and mindsets and regularly teaches around the world on a wide range of ALM topics.

Additional Details:

This is the second session in the CAMUG 2013/2014 season. Thursday, Oct. 3rd, come at 6pm and enjoy complementary food and refreshments. The session itself runs from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  Find our new location on Google Maps here and we're in the Atrium as soon as you walk in the front doors. Parking is free in front of the building after 5pm!


Special thanks to our Gold Sponsor Pason Systems Ltd., the Calgary-based, leading global provider of specialized data management systems for land-based and offshore rigs worldwide. Thanks also to the University of Calgary for sponsoring the cost of the facilities and Intellog Inc. for providing refreshments at the Meetup group.

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  • Brent B.

    Awesome presentation. My fellow employees are now making fun of my "White Board"... a couple pieces of drafting tape and a slew of post-its on my wall!

    Question though, did we ever get a copy of the presentation file? I would love to get my hands on it to "refresh" my memory every now and then. Thanks, and see you all at the next meetup!

    October 9, 2013

    • Jonathan K.

      Brent, Luu had sent a link to the presentation via e-mail to the CAMUG group, perhaps your e-mail preferences stopped you from getting it. I'll send you a link.

      October 9, 2013

    • Brent B.

      Thanks guys!

      October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I missed the presentation and thanks for sharing the presentation file. Apparently we did realize that in our company we are following more or less same approach. Of course we didn't have the name Kanban :-). While building the functionalities we keep bigger picture in mind and keep iterating on the smaller scope. This does put a bit pressure on regression stuff, but with test automation in place, that is just okay.

    October 9, 2013

  • Jonathan K.

    A good presentation. I'd never heard of Kanban before, and it was great to learn.

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dave did a great job. Particularly impressed by his high level of commitment to the process.

    3 · October 3, 2013

  • Luu D.

    Hey CAMUG members, just a reminder that we're located at the Alistair Ross Technology Centre just north of the Mechanical Engineering building. Parking is free after 5pm!

    October 3, 2013

  • Ben S.

    Sorry! Something came up that I can't ignore!

    October 3, 2013

  • Tom M.

    Hey CAMUG people, we are evaluating various tools for tracking Agile projects.

    Currently we are considering:
    * Jira
    * Trello
    * MS Team Foundation Server
    * Rally
    * Asana

    We would like a tool that can track many projects over many departments or teams, including having developers working on multiple projects. It should be flexible as to the methodology (Scrum, Kanban, custom) and the "depth" of the hierarchy (our projects tend to be big, so we need to be able to decompose deeper than than just Feature/Epic/Story/Task. Integration via import/export and an API would be big wins to allow us to migrate from our existing heterogenous tool set and connect to other corporate tools.

    We don't currently have a preference about: Hosted/SaaS, free/pay, close/open source.

    Does anyone have any other tools we should be looking at?
    Does one of the above stand out as the obvious choice?

    Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

    October 3, 2013

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