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The effects of Kanban in software development teams: a study of the implementation at Sandvik
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In software development organizations there is sometimes a need for change. In order to meet continuously increasing demands from their customers, Sandvik IT Services- SITS, at Sandvik in Sweden, required improving the way they worked with software development. Due to issues like a lot of work in progress and lot of simultaneous tasks for individuals in the teams that caused stress, it was almost impossible to address the question of working with improvements. In order to enable the improvement process Kanban was introduced in the software development teams. Kanban for software development is a change method created by David J. Anderson. The purpose of this thesis is twofold. One part is to assess what effects Kanban has had on the software development teams. The other part is to make a documentation of the Kanban implementation process at SITS. The documentation has been made on the basis of both company internal resources and observations of the Kanban implementation process. The effects of Kanban have been researched with an interview survey to the teams that have gone through the Kick start of the Kanban process. The result of the thesis is also twofold. One part of the result is an extensive documentation of the implementation process of Kanban at SITS. The other part is an assessment of the effects that Kanban has had at SITS. The major effects have been that the teams are experiencing less stress, more focus on quality and better customer collaboration. It is also evident is that it takes time for some effects to evolve when implementing Kanban

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borlänge, 2011. , 66 p.
Keyword [en]
Kanban, Sandvik, effects, software development
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Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-5598OAI: diva2:519094
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-22 Created: 2011-06-22 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved

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