Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business

Blue Hole Press
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"Kanban is becoming a popular way to visualize and limit work-in-progress in software development and information technology work. Teams around the world are adding Kanban around their existing processes to catalyze cultural change and deliver better business agility. David J. Anderson pioneered the Kanban Method. Hear how this happened and what you can do to succeed using Kanban."--Publisher's website.
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Blue Hole Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 2010
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Pages
261
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ISBN
9780984521401
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Software Development & Engineering / Project Management
Computers / Software Development & Engineering / Quality Assurance & Testing
Technology & Engineering / Project Management
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