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Wednesday, April 11 • 8:45am - 12:00pm
Kanban Policy Game

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The Kanban Policy Game is a fun way to experience how policies affect performance.

In the game you are hired as a coach to lead an Agile transformation. To achieve success, you have to improve the performance of the teams in the client organization in terms of lead time and throughput.
As Kanban method practitioner you decide to introduce and apply the six Kanban practices, namely:

CP1: Visualize
CP2: Limit work-in-progress (WIP)
CP3: Manage flow
CP4: Make policies explicit
CP5: Implement feedback loops
CP6: Improve collaboratively, evolve experimentally (using models and the scientific method)

Your work with the client organization goes through three periods:

1) In the first period you start by applying CP1, CP4, CP5 for a limited period of 10 days. Your goal is to understand and measure what is the current state of the system. Hence you ask the organization to make explicit the “Collaboration Policy”, “Pull Policy” and “WIP Policy”. You find out that they measure the individual productivity of the team members, want their resources to be fully utilized and have no WIP limits.
2) In the second period you apply CP2 and CP3 by asking the organization to change only the “WIP Policy” and limit the work in process for 10 days.
3) In the third period you apply CP6 by asking the organization to change the “Collaboration Policy”. From now on the organization will not measure individual productivity but the performance of a team as a whole.

Learning outcomes:

•“Collaboration Policy”, “Performance Evaluation Policy” and “WIP Policy” have huge impact on productivity.
•The J-curve effect can be experienced if we implement CP2 in an organization where collaboration level is low.
•Limiting WIP when we measure individual performance has a negative effect on the productivity of the team as a whole.
•Limiting WIP when we don't measure individual performance has a positive effect on the productivity of the team as a whole.
•Because of the above it is advised to implement CP6 before or along with CP2.
•The collaboration level in a team can be measured.

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Dimitar Bakardzhiev

Dimitar Bakardzhiev is an expert in managing successful and cost-effective technology development. With his blend of technical, managerial and operational expertise, he effectively combines the theory and practice of Agile and Kanban Method to deliver business results.As a Lean-Kanban... Read More →

Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:45am - 12:00pm PDT