Agile card boards like this bear little resemblance to Kanban, but the name caught on with the original Kanban software book. It is still a decent book though, and does in fact cover many of the principles of lean kanban. That said, I've rarely met a team using a kanban board that is familiar with the book or the principles of kanban.
- Task classes.
- Lead time.
- Cycle time.
- Number of backward movements for any list.
- Cumulative card evolution.
There are some good books about this subject:
- David J. Anderson's Kanban (https://www.amazon.com/Kanban-Successful-Evolutionary-Techno...)
- Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction (https://www.amazon.com/Actionable-Agile-Metrics-Predictabili...)
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For general practical guides I'd look at one or both of:
* "Practices of an Agile Developer" http://amzn.to/9B7hJg, which talks about various practices in a fairly methodology independent way. The reason I really like it is that it has some excellent pointers for checking when adoption is/isn't working.
* "The Art of Agile Development" is another nice book http://amzn.to/bksP7T in a similar vein. This is more process-prescriptive though (they're talking about a varient of Extreme Programming)
I'd also also take the time to read the seminal books on the two most important (in my opinion) agile methods:
* Agile Software Development with Scrum http://amzn.to/bOkPZ1 - the book that formalized Scrum
* Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change - the book that formalized XP. Read both the first http://amzn.to/cdLAtx and second http://amzn.to/bqMhEa editions if you get a chance. They're interestingly different.
I'd also add the various books on Lean by Mary & Tom Poppendieck http://amzn.to/9wsASi and also 'Kanban' by David J Anderson to the list http://amzn.to/en6PQ2 as well.
You might also find these of interest:
* The Scrum Guide - http://www.scrum.org/Scrum-Guides
* The Agile Atlas - http://agileatlas.org/
* The Agile Alliance's Guide to Agile Practices - http://guide.agilealliance.org/
lots of useful info there ;-)
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