David Anderson

Kanban and Accelerated Emergence of High Maturity

Kanban is proving a key enabler in the development of a kaizen culture and has been shown to create the emergence of high maturity behaviors (CMMI model level 4 & 5) whilst remaining true to Agile and Lean values. This presentation is based on case studies over a four year period including teams from Microsoft, Corbis, BBC, Phidelis, BNP Parisbas and others. Teams using Kanban are empirically observed to practice quantitative management with many utilizing statistical process control as part of an objective continuous improvement and project management program. Cross team process performance appraisal has been observed. Root cause analysis and elimination is often commonplace and a Toyota style kaizen and kaka improvement program is also common. Kanban teams have been seen to evolve to these high maturity practices in unprecedented short time frames such as 9 months. This presentation will discuss why high maturity is both desirable and necessary from a business perspective and a process adoption perspective, report evidence of high maturity on teams using Kanban, discuss the emergence of high maturity behavior without a formal process definition, and debate the cultural reasons why Kanban may be responsible for accelerated achievement of high maturity.


David J. Anderson David Anderson is a thought leader in managing effective software teams. He leads a consulting firm dedicated to improving economic performance of knowledge worker businesses – reducing risk, improving predictability with successful change management that encounters minimal resistance.

He has 25+ years experience in the software industry starting with computer games in the early 1980’s. He has managed software teams delivering superior productivity and quality using innovative agile methods. David pioneered Lean concepts of flow and pull in software engineering and is regarded as the founder of the Kanban method in software development. His first book published in 2003, Agile Management for Software Engineering – Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results, introduced many ideas from Lean and Theory of Constraints into software engineering and laid the foundations for use of kanban systems and evolution of the Kanban method in recent years.

David is a founder of the Lean Software & Systems Consortium, a not for profit dedicated to promoting better standards of professionalism in software development and introducing a professional accreditation program, and the Limited WIP Society, a community website dedicated to growing the Kanban movement, http://www.limitedwipsociety.org

Email… dja@agilemanagement.net