Achieve Agility Through Kanban/Flow
So you want to go agile but don’t really like Scrum?
Looking for a way to adapt Iterative Agile to the more Continuous Flow world of DevOps/Continuous Delivery?
Use Kanban Boards, Flow, Work in Process Limits to go Agile.
World-class Kanban Practice
Since 2009 we’ve been helping our clients improve their agility using Kanban.
While many agile practitioners as well as coaches believe Kanban is limited to Maintenance/Support/Operations contexts, AgileSparks is actually one of the leading world-wide consultancies on leveraging Kanban for complex applications/systems development at the team and enterprise level. We’ve helped organizations such as Siemens, Intel, HP. Informatica, Amdocs, dbMotion and others use Kanban effectively for their development life cycle.
Many of our Scrum-based clients are using Kanban at the Program/Feature level to manage flow beyond the team.
Others are leveraging Kanban principles at the team level using Team Kanban or ScrumBan.
Our CTO Yuval Yeret is one of the world’s leading thought leaders and practitioners when it comes to using Kanban in product development and has received the Lean/Kanban community Brickell Key Award.
The switch to Kanban (and a single branch methodology with feature bits) could not have happened without putting the R&D leads, product owners and me on the same page. This, in turn, could not have happened without the workshop we had with Yuval Yeret.
After several years of using Scrum at Ginger Software we felt we were ready to move on to the next level. Yuval helped us kick off a transition to Kanban extremely effectively. After three concise, highly professional and fun hands-on sessions together we were on our way and have been successfully using Kanban ever since and gradually spreading it across the rest of the organization.
With the help of AgileSparks (Yuval Yeret) we implemented a Kanban system at NICE that enabled us achieve significant improvement in efficiency, winning together, work atmosphere, quality, and client focus. Yuval and AgileSparks are professionals of the highest standards, and I strongly recommend anybody considering Agile/Lean to work with them.
This is what participants have to say about our 2-day public kanban workshop:
- This workshop was excellent. It would be great to have a follow up for a deeper level in the future.
- A real eye opener. Excellent workshop that clearly demonstrates why Kanban is a great option for your organization and gives you what you need to get started with changes towards Kanban in your organization.
- Great workshop, mainly due to the live exercises between lectures, and the instructor was very good. A deep review of the Kanban methodology.
- Very interesting, eye opener. Great Instructor, with a lot of patience and experience. Helpful hands-on sessions.
- Yuval is clearly an expert in the field, but at the same time was patient and got across to all the participants who were new to Kanban. Yuval was also extremely receptive to input throughout the workshop and made adjustments to accommodate requests by the participants.
- Yuval has good knowledge of this arena with good grasp on the related business environment with agility to adjust the material to the audience.
- Yuval is a very experienced instructor. Knows how to deliver the material and has a strong understanding of the industry and how it works. This provides him a great toolset to deliver the material of the class using many options.
A real eye opener. Excellent workshop that clearly demonstrates why Kanban is a great option for your organization and gives you what you need to get started with changes towards Kanban in your organization.
Yuval is clearly an expert in the field, but at the same time was patient and got across to all the participants who were new to Kanban. Yuval was also extremely receptive to input throughout the workshop and made adjustments to accommodate requests by the participants.
- Yuval from AgileSparks delivered a good course - provided us with basic Kanban knowledge in a day.
- I could grasp the essence of Kanban and start practicing it.
- I like the fact we discussed real day to day project management issues.
- I think such a workshop is a must to engineers working or intending to work Agile. I am working scrum for a couple of years and still find the class interesting and contributing.
- This workshop provided me with a much better understanding of KANBAN theory, especially through hands on exercises - managing the tasks, gathering and providing statistics and etc. It can be seen that Yuval the instructor has real and broad experience in the hi-tech projects industry and was able to back up theory with concrete examples.
- Yuval is a very good instructor - he handles the material very well, and delivers in a way that held my interest throughout the course.
Yuval Yeret from AgileSparks ran a Kanban workshop for the entire Prezi team (Marketing, Support, Administration, Sales, Design, Engineers) at our Budapest office. Overall, We found the workshop interesting and thorough. We found the use of the Kanban game was cool and useful. We liked the use of a kanban board to run the workshop, as well as that is was driven by our questions, topics and priorities. Most of them were answered in a convincing way! All of the organization (not just Dev) is on the same page about how we want to think and operate with regards to Kanban, and we have a concrete outcome we can take action on tomorrow morning. In addition, the workshop provided us with a Team Building activity... lots of exercises and opportunities to discuss issues amongst ourselves.
I would like to thank AgileSparks and Yuval Yeret for the clear and enlightening Kanban seminar. I think Kanban is a great tool I can - as a manager - have available in the toolkit in order to enforce what we actually discuss as developers all the time: work properly and effective and deliver on time / on quality / on budget.
Our engineering organization has transitioned from quarterly releases into two weeks releases using Scrum and Kanban. We've switched from a complex, obscure, inefficient and difficult work Gantts into a highly visual Kanban board in which you can understand in seconds your projects status and even more important literally see our development process challenges. This builds a continuous improvement culture. The transition, or better say journey, from Waterfall to Agile has helped to surface all of our development deficiencies / improvement opportunities and with courage we handled those and we still continue to do so after five months / 10 sprints. Through the transition, from Sprint #1 until the present date, we've deployed on our production site new user stories with true business value to a very complex platform and also scaled up the R&D team significantly. In addition to the obvious benefits of the R&D improvements, our business can react much faster than before to market needs and to internal organization needs as our business continues to grow. I would like to thank the incredible highly professional team in AgileSparks and especially to our great Agile coach, Yuval Yeret, who coached, trained us and took us through this journey. "