The IT Kanban Framework is a collection of advised practices that apply lean and agile principles to the process of IT product development, service delivery and life cycle management. The IT Kanban Framework is a second-generation agile framework that builds upon the industry experiences gained from Scrum, Extreme Programming and the broad range of hybrid agile methodologies that have evolved within the IT industry over the last 15 years.

The IT Kanban Framework operates on a model of incremental technical delivery guided by iterative learning with an adaptive approach towards planning and prioritisation. The framework content has been selected to support development and implementation teams who are exploring ways to improve their working practices and are looking for advice on how to manage their agile development and delivery.

The IT Kanban Framework has also been structured to address the challenges of achieving agility at scale. To this end the framework employs lean and agile practices to support adaptive team, programme and portfolio management. The framework provides a communication structure that incorporates these three levels of scale and preserves decentralised control. The aim is to empower self-governing teams while retaining clear communication channels for direction and leadership.

It is important to interpret the IT Kanban Framework as a lightweight structure. Teams and organisations are encouraged to introduce the minimum elements of the framework that demonstrate improvement, and no more. As an aid to this, the framework outlines six measures that can be applied to any development or implementation process regardless of the practices and methodology currently in place. It is advisable that, before applying the framework, teams and organisations gain an understanding of their existing performance in respect to these measures. These measures then provide an ongoing set of metrics that can be used to validate if application of the IT Kanban Framework is delivering benefit and improvement.

The vision of continuous improvement guided by validated learning is one of the foundations of the IT Kanban Framework, and this has been taken into account in development of the framework itself. This framework is a continuously evolving resource for information and guidance, and all of the practices included in the framework have been proven to deliver benefit. Proven success in a real world environment is one of the conditions of entry for any of the strategies outlined within the IT Kanban Framework, and this will always be maintained as a guarantee of quality for any of the advice or information included within the framework and its associated content.

It is important to establish that the IT Kanban Framework represents a continuation of agile practices that builds upon the ideas and innovations of existing industry visionaries and practitioners. The list is long, but there are a few individuals who have provided particular insight and inspiration for the concepts within the IT Kanban Framework. We include their names below in recognition of their influence and as a recommendation to others to take the time to further explore their published work.

David AndersonCorey Ladas; Jim Benson; Alan ShallowayKent BeckKen SchwaberJeff SutherlandEric RiesMary & Tom PoppendieckDon ReinerstenScott W AmblerMartin FowlerJim HighsmithRobert C MartinWard Cunningham; Alistair Cockburn