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Kanban Principles for Enterprise Agility

By Doug Rose

The following four Kanban principles are intended to help an organization develop the right mindset for implementing Kanban as part of their enterprise agility strategy. The principles are more about how people think than what they do.

Kanban principles and properties are not written in stone. You are likely to see Kanban books and presentations that list additional principles and properties than those presented here.

Start with what you do

Unlike the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) and Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), Kanban requires no major overhaul to an organization’s structure and adds no new roles. Instead, it encourages you to start with what you already have in place and work toward improving it, which makes Kanban much easier than other frameworks to start with.

Pursue incremental, evolutionary change

Kanban improves visibility into systems and encourages everyone in the organization, from the top down, to suggest ways to improve the system. The emphasis is on incremental change, which minimizes resistance to change.

Respect current processes, roles, responsibilities, and titles

Kanban doesn’t necessarily eliminate positions within an organization or add a bunch of new roles, and it doesn’t force you to restructure your organization. You keep what works and, over time, fix, replace, or eliminate what doesn’t work well.

Encourage acts of leadership at all levels

With Kanban, everyone in the organization plays a role in its continuous improvement (kaizen). Everyone is involved in looking for ways to improve systems and practices.