Devops is related to bringing Development and Operations closer together.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Kanban Weekly Roundup - Apr 4, 2012
By Dominica DeGrandis
From Devops to conferences to new kanban books, this issue includes a little something for everyone.
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Kanban for Devops seeks to optimize the whole of the organization. From business requests to IT delivery, we discover how to help work flow across different functional teams. Devops is about respect, cooperation and trust among individual practitioners and leadership. With Kanban, we look at how using a service-delivery approach can help unify teams and promote cross-functional collaboration.
This 2-day workshop introduces how the Kanban Method can help Ops teams balance demand against their capability to deliver. We begin by studying the demand on your team, department or organization and learn how to gather data to understand the capability of your system and how it operates. Discussions and interactive exercises on the Kanban Method will address the following topics:
- Specialization and bottlenecks
- Dependencies on external groups
- Interlude from never-ending work
- Early input mechanisms
- Variable task size
- Interrupt driven work
We will also look at ways to manage risks related to the increasing complexity around software delivery and support. Attendees play the “Kanban for Ops” version of the GetKanban game.
Working in small teams, class attendees will analyze and design a Kanban system that they can bring back to the organization to implement right away.
Based on David J. Anderson’s book “Kanban - Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business”, attendees of the class will receive a copy of the book.
- Demand Analysis
- Workflow Mapping
- Work Item Types
- Work-in-progress Limits
- Classes of Service
- Kanban Simulation Game
- Kanban System design
- Operations Review
- Case Studies
- Risk Management
- Service Level Agreements (SLA)
- Variability and predictability
- How to Get Started with Kanban
Is this for you?
This training provides a useful perspective for improving work done on the periphery of software development. If ever-more frequent deliveries from software development are increasing pressure on your teams and creating bottlenecks in the delivery process, look at Kanban to extend agility and balance to IT services and operations teams. From Data Administrative Services to Deployment & Release Managers to Help Desk, this class covers beginning to intermediate level material.
$1200 per person.
About the presenter
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Silicon Valley Cloud Center
222 Caspian Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
A short list this week, but a powerful concept - we look at the benefit of team metrics vs. Individual metrics.
There will be an interlude with the Kanban Weekly Roundup next week - I will be in Budapest co-training a class with David Anderson. David will be covering Kanban for Software Engineering and I will be speaking on Kanban for IT Operations.
This post on the benefit of team metrics affirms my strong belief for looking at results from the whole organization versus individuals. Vin D’Amico (@BrainsLink) states is well,” teams deliver successful enterprise outcomes, not individuals”. If you read my Devops article, you know that I’m a strong proponent of finding common goals across development and operations teams. While establishing team-based metrics is a vast improvement over individual metrics (and individual merit reviews), bumping metrics up to the organizational level can lead to optimizing organization wide results. http://brainslink.com/2012/02/to-be-agile-establish-team-metrics-not-individual-ones/
Disclosure - this article isn’t really about Kanban, but “What’s in Store for 2012: A Few Predictions” offers all around good insights for us. In particular, the value of software will continue to decline as open source contributions continues to rise and bring an overload of choices – perhaps too many. http://redmonk.com/sogrady/2012/01/13/2012-predictions/