We are Kanban Guides

This guide was (is) developed with the help and support of many Kanban practitioners.  It is our pledge that we will continue to promote a safe, diverse, and inclusive community so that all who participate can benefit. 

Welcome from the writers

From a profound passion of Kanban and heaps of determination was born the Kanban Guide. 

Daniel Vacanti

Co-Founder & Co-author

Co-founder of ProKanban.org, Daniel Vacanti has spent most of the last 20 years focusing on Lean and Agile practices.  In 2007, he helped to develop the Kanban Method for knowledge work.  He managed the world’s first project implementation of Kanban that year, and has been conducting Kanban training, coaching, and consulting ever since.  In 2011 he founded Corporate Kanban, Inc., which provides world-class Lean training and consulting to clients all over the globe—including several Fortune 100 companies.  In 2013 he founded ActionableAgileTM which provides industry leading predictive analytics tools and services to any flow-based process. Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration and regularly teaches a class on lean principles for software management at the University of California Berkeley.

John Coleman

Co-author, Author of Kanplexity Guide 

Having dedicated the last 20 years of his career to his passion for scrum, agility and Kanban, John Coleman, founder of Orderly Disruption is a Thinkers360 top 10 agility thought leader, Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer, co-author of Kanban Guide and Prokanban.org Professional Kanban Trainer and a LeSS Friendly Scrum Trainer.

John developed the Kanplexity Guide which can be found under ‘Kanplexity’.

John regularly dives deep as well as simplifies certain topics on both of his podcasts: Xagility™ and Agility Island.

what is kanban

Simply put, Kanban is a strategy to optimize the flow of value through a process. It is impossible to talk about Kanban without talking about flow.  The fundamental idea behind Kanban is that one of the best ways to optimize value delivery is to optimize process flow.  In other words, how work gets done can be as big a component of value as what work gets done.

With that concept in mind, this guide contains a definition of Kanban and a minimum set of practices to achieve optimized flow. By reducing Kanban to its essential components, the hope is that this guide will be a unifying reference for the whole Kanban community.

Speaking of community, this guide was (is) developed with the help and support of many Kanban practioners.  It is our pledge that we will continue to promote a safe, diverse, and inclusive community so that all who participate can benefit.  As a starting point to that end, this guide is offered free to anyone who wishes to use it.

Why this guide

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No language barriers

10 languages and counting. We are actively working on making the guide available more languages, stay tuned.

active community

Our slack channels are always available and you can get your kanban questions, no matter how trivial, answered there.


Feedback is how we got to where we are and we are actively working on implementing your suggestions. 


Language barriers? We don’t know about those around here. Want to become part of us and make the Kanban Guide available in your language? Let’s connect. 

We can't wait to meet you.

Community is important to us. The Kanban Guide is a community-driven, open source project. We believe that the community can create a resource that is even greater than any single individual or company. Come along to one of our meetups. 


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Our ProKanban.org family

In addition to connecting with us here, you can keep up with us at ProKanban.org too. 

Whether you are looking to practice your Kanban or interested in attending a training class, ProKanban can provide you with high value learning.

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