Kanban method

Thursday 29 November 2012

18:30 start. Refreshments and networking from 18:00.

SW101, School of Computing, Cornwallis South, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF


The Kanban method for managing software development is based on five simple but very powerful ideas:

  • Visualise workflow
  • Limit work in process
  • Measure and manage flow
  • Make the process policies explicit
  • Continually improve the system

Although these ideas appear to be simple at first glance, the Kanban method offers powerful tools and guidance, especially for teams who have to balance a difficult variety of work and encounter a challenging culture.

One efficient ways to experience the ideas and mechanics of Kanban is to take part in a real life simulation. The getKanban board game is a fun and engaging way to simulate software development, with an accelerated and realistic simulation of working days.

This session will take the delegates through the quick play scenario of the getKanban game. Each team will collaborate to agree on a strategy and make day-to-day decisions.

You’ll get a first-hand experience of the visual tools, charts, and metrics that make Kanban a powerful and effective management for software development. Kanban is an increasingly popular method believed to be an effective vehicle for traditional companies trying to adopt Agile practices.

There will be an introduction before we start and a debrief / discussion afterwards. The game needs no prior experience of Kanban.

Who should attend:

  • Developers
  • Testers
  • Business Analysts
  • Technical Leaders
  • Project Managers
  • Managers of all levels


Jose Casal is a Director of RADTAC and Chair of the BCS Kent branch and Agile Methods SG. RADTAC services include Consulting, Training and Delivery Skills, to provide ‘Everything Agile’. Jose has been a key contributor in implementing successful Agile transformations of RADTAC clients.

Jose started his professional career as a web systems developer and, eventually, made the jump to become a successful team lead and change agent helping software teams and IT organisations adopt robust and sustainable Agile practices.

Jose has been involved in the Agile community since 2006 and is one of the first Accredited Kanban Trainers (AKT) in the world. He is also a Certified AgilePM Trainer and often delivers Scrum training. In his role as Chair of the BCS Agile Methods Specialist Group, he is also a regular public speaker. He is a Fellow of BCS and a Chartered IT Professional.