Using Kanban Jump Start

Does it seem like your dev team is bogged down in process and can't get the ball across the goal line? If you're looking to streamline the development pipeline, Kanban—quickly becoming a standard tool in the agile toolbox—can help you. This first event in our "ALM Wednesdays" series of Jump Starts goes in depth to show you how Kanban is much more than a board with columns and stickies. Join experts Steven Borg and Cheryl Hammond as they show you, in very practical ways, how to move beyond boards to see how Kanban can help focus your teams on the flow of value to your customers, help you identify and remove bottlenecks in your development pipeline, and most importantly, shift your organizational culture toward creative problem-solving at all levels.

Kanban is well-suited for teams in all phases of lean/agile transition, whether just starting out or looking for even greater improvements on top of an established methodology.

The fundamentals of Kanban are easy to understand, but don't underestimate the challenge—or the potential—of really putting them into practice. Too many teams build elaborate boards, and not much more, and end up wondering what all the fuss was about. We'll push you to rethink your assumptions and your mindset every step of the way, enabling you to realize the true promise of a Kanban adoption: empowering your teams for self-sustaining continuous improvement.

Be sure not to miss these other ALM events!

Using Git with Visual Studio 2013 Jump Start     March 12, 2014
Fundamentals of Lean Software Delivery Jump Start     March 19, 2014
Enterprise Agility Is Not an Oxymoron Jump Start     March 26, 2014
DevOps - Visual Studio Release Management Jump Start April 9, 2014

Course Outline:

  • ​Kanban Adoption: Purpose and Potential
  • Basics of Visualization, Resolution, and Flow
  • Culture and Mindset for Effective Change
Instructor Team
​Steven Borg | Northwest Cadence Co-Founder and Strategist | @stevenborg
Steven Borg has 20 years of experience in the software development space and has been a Microsoft ALM MVP since product inception in 2005. Steven is the Co-Founder of Northwest Cadence, a company specializing in software development processes that provides training and consulting services to companies worldwide. He speaks regularly at software development and Visual Studio conferences and has authored courseware and white papers on Team Foundation Server, regulatory compliance in software development, Scrum, and Lean. Steven has helped hundreds of organizations, both large and small, improve their software development process, reduce costs, increase quality, and speed delivery. His expertise lies in bringing successful lean and agile adoption to companies currently using traditional project management techniques to manage software development projects.

Steve is a dynamic and professional presenter and has delivered multiple sessions at Microsoft TechEd, the ALM Summit, Mitchell International DevCon, TechFuse, VSLive, and many more. He was awarded speaking slots at the 2013 TechEd N America and Europe Pre-Conference Days on Enterprise Agility and was one of the top-ranked presenters.

​Cheryl M. Hammond | Northwest Cadence ALM Consultant and Practices Team Lead | @bsktcase
Cheryl Hammond has more than 14 years of experience as a software developer in the private and public sectors. She led her team's successful adoption of Scrum for a mission-critical regulatory compliance project under multi-agency state and federal government oversight, all of which lead her to believe that anything is possible. She is not sorry for her many biases, including strong preferences for servant-style leadership and team-based, holistic problem-solving, along with a strong aversion to agile zealotry. Cheryl leads the Northwest Cadence Practices Team, focusing on the ways in which agility, architecture, and test practices improve the lives of developers, strengthen teams, and deliver better software. ​ ​
Live Event Details
March 5, 2014
9:00am-5pm PST
What: Fast-paced live virtual session
Cost: Free
Audience: Developer

​This presentation is designed for anyone, in any role, at any level of the organization, who wants to help improve product development and deliver business value.