Agile practitioners adopt Kanban with high expectations: decreased cycle time, increased throughput and a clearer look at where projects stand. But where do all these high hopes come from? And how do you make them come true? In this talk, we’ll explore the underlying principles behind Kanban—from systems thinking to lean manufacturing—and draw some fun parallels to everything from car traffic to passenger trains. Understanding these core concepts is the real key to moving faster with Kanban. This talk is for agile beginners, teams who are considering or have recently adopted Kanban, and teams who want to optimize their Kanban process. They’ll learn: What kanban really means—a brief history and how it applies to agile software development Why limiting work in progress (WIP) is essential to speeding up your development efforts + tips for setting WIP limits The right way to pull cards from one state to the next (and why it’s a lot like trains) How to spot bottlenecks in your process, fix them and maximize output.