KMM Front CoverKanban Maturity Model: Evolving Fit-for-Purpose Organizations

By David J Anderson and Teodora Bozheva

The Kanban method is known for its six practices which enable companies to increase their agility in an evolutionary manner, without making drastic changes to organizational structures, and thus engaging and involving people in the transition initiative.

The Kanban Maturity Model (KMM) is to help organizations to define a roadmap and concrete action steps that enable developing their agility.

More precisely:

  • KMM defines seven levels of organizational maturity that can be achieved combining appropriately Kanban specific practices and leadership tactics.
  • Explains the intent and implementation details of 132 specific practices, derived from 10+ years of Kanban implementations in firms small to extremely large all over the world.
  • Provides a complete set of example kanban boards that respond to the variety of needs related to visualizing work items, workflows of different types and complexity, risks, classes of services, shared resources, and so forth.
  • Defines in detail what practices and metrics to use for effective workflow management.
  • Describes the integration of KMM with existing models and methods, in particular Lean/TPS, Real World Risk Model (by Nassim Taleb), CMMI, and Mission Command.
  • Maps 20 cultural values to the seven maturity levels. Any change agent, manager and coach needs this knowledge to enable successful evolutionary change of his organization

Who is it for?

  • Kanban coaches and agile practitioners who want to take their client to the next level of business agility
  • Project and service managers that need to improve the predictability of their teams’ work and meet the expectations of customers
  • Leaders and executives of improvement initiatives who want to understand the value of KMM for their businesses and what steps, resources, leadership, cultural changes and other practices are expected.

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