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Burk Hufnagel
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Marcus,
I just noticed that Kanban in Action is listed as being 275 pages long, and I got to wondering why? From the sample chapter, it seems like a pretty straightforward process - but, after chatting with you this week, I'be come to believe that there's a lot of subtle interactions going on and that, like planing Go (a Japanese board game) the rules are simple and can be learned in a few minutes, but it can take a lifetime to master. Would you agree, or am I off base?

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Burk
 
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Hi,

(the book will probably be around 350 pages actually ).

You're bang on target! There's just three very simple principles, but following them with lead you towards improving and changing your process. That in turn might require you to use a lot of other practices and techniques that you might find helpful and motivating. The book teaches you a lot of those, but the underlying theme is that there isn't anything that we can say works for every situation.

The best you can do is the fill your toolbelt with a lot of practices and a solid know-how of the principles and ideas that is underlying the thinking behind kanban (and Lean).
Our book teaches you both - from a very practical viewpoint.
 
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Marcus Hammarberg wrote:Hi,

(the book will probably be around 350 pages actually ).

You're bang on target! There's just three very simple principles, but following them with lead you towards improving and changing your process. That in turn might require you to use a lot of other practices and techniques that you might find helpful and motivating. The book teaches you a lot of those, but the underlying theme is that there isn't anything that we can say works for every situation.

The best you can do is the fill your toolbelt with a lot of practices and a solid know-how of the principles and ideas that is underlying the thinking behind kanban (and Lean).
Our book teaches you both - from a very practical viewpoint.


Sounds like the old joke about a man visiting New York who stops to ask a street musician, "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" Without missing a beat, the musician answers, "Practice, lots and lots of practice."

Thanks for filling the book with lots of useful tools, and ideas for successfully implementing kanban on our projects,
Burk
 
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