Essential Kanban Condensed – A Book Review
Essential Kanban Condensed introduces the Kanban method and all its concepts from the basic to the more advanced. It provides the definition, values, principles, practices and other core concepts. In a condensed or concise discussion, the book describes how Kanban can help people understand their work, how they work, and how they can improve it with certain tools and practices. Aside from providing an alternative work method, it also provides its users and practitioners certain agile qualities that can help them deal with change.
The first paperback edition measures 5.5 in. wide, 0.2 in. thick, and 8.5 in. tall. It weighs about 5 ounces, contains 100 pages divided in 11 major sections or chapters. The book was published in May 2016 by Blue Hole Press in the English language. ISBN-10: 0984521429; ISBN-13: 978-0984521425
Essential Kanban Condensed is for people interested in or have started practicing Kanban in their workplace. Kanban is ideal for knowledge work, such as professional services, creative work, and the design of physical and software products. Thus, the book can be valuable to professionals in these industries practicing Kanban, Lean or other agile methods.
What Customers Say
Tomas R. (Theagileist) recommends Essential Kanban Condensed to readers who want to get up to speed about what Kanban stands for and represents today. It is a guide for Kanban since the publication of Anderson’s blue book in 2010.
Pavleras (Goodreads) rated it with 4 out of 5 stars. He described it as a short and valuable resource, describing a high level view of what Kanban is. It contains basic definitions of concepts, roots, values, principles and more.
Robert C. (Amazon) gave it a 5-star review. He described it as a nice, lean introduction to Kanban.
Content, Approach, Style
Content: Essential Kanban Condensed is divided in about 11 major sections. It defines what the Kanban method is, its values, agendas and foundational principles. It also describes flow systems, the 6 general practices, Kanban in organizations, and roles. Finally, it briefly describes forecasting and metrics, expanding the application of Kanban, and additional links and resources.
Approach/Tone: The authors provide short descriptions and definitions, to-the point discussion and brief overviews of the concepts and principles. It tries to cover a lot of ground in a few short pages.
Style: The book aims to provide quick access to key Kanban concepts, so it is written more of a guide than a full textbook. It provides many definition of terms in short paragraphs, bulleted or numbered lists, and illustrations to help convey the ideas behind the principles.
Why Buy the Book
Essential Kanban Condensed provides a quick guide and clarity to the Kanban method. It gives the reader a brief but accurate overview regarding the design, management, and improvement of flow systems in knowledge work. It aims to correct incomplete definitions and shallow adoptions of the methodology that may have resulted from the lack of availability of good books about the topic.
David J. Anderson is the Chairman of Lean Kanban, Inc, a management consulting services company focused on technology companies, IT departments and software development organizations. David received his Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Electronics from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He has served in various senior technical and management positions for more than two and half decades, including in firms such as Sprint, Motorola and Microsoft. He pioneered the use of Kanban systems for improved service delivery. He is a popular conference speaker and author of many books about Kanban, agile, and management.
Andy Carmichael is a senior agile coach, trainer, experienced manager and IT consultant. Andy received his PhD degree from the University of Southampton, England. He is a Certified Scrum Master and Kanban Coaching Professional. He has over four decades of building business, holding senior management responsibilities in firms such as Clearvision and OpenXprocess. Andy writes and speaks on topics about development and management methods. His clients include big companies in the finance, software engineering, utilities and telecoms, as well as startups and SMEs. He also co-authored the book Better Software Faster with D. Haywood.