The Kanban Pocket Guide

What No One Has Told You About Kanban Could Kill You

There is a lot of noise out there about Kanban.  Search the interwebs and you will quickly get lost in the cacophony that is disinformation about flow.  We hope this book will help you navigate some of that noise around what we believe are the most exciting set of practices in the Lean-Agile world. You can read the whole Kanban Pocket Guide as a series of blog posts, or you can download the book as a PDF for free by clicking the button below. Enjoy!


Colleen Johnson is the CEO of, an inclusive Kanban learning community and the founder of ScatterSpoke, a space for more actionable retrospectives, She has presented and taught agile to audiences around the world. As a coach, she has worked across range of industries including clients like Wells Fargo, eTrade, Home Depot, Salesforce, Gemini and more. Colleen helps organizations apply a systems thinking approach to aligning agile methodologies end-to-end. She has served as a board member for Agile Denver, the Agile Uprising, and chair of Mile High Agile Conference. She is happiest in the woods, camping with her three kids and very patient husband.

Daniel Vacanti is a 25-plus year software industry veteran who has spent most of his career focusing on Lean and Agile practices.  In 2007, he helped to develop the Kanban Method for knowledge work and managed the world’s first project implementation of Kanban that year.  He has been conducting Lean-Agile training, coaching, and consulting ever since. In 2013 he founded ActionableAgileTM which provides industry-leading predictive analytics tools and services organizations that utilize Lean-Agile practices.  In 2015 he published his book, “Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability”, which is the definitive guide to flow-based metrics and analytics.  In 2017, he helped to develop the “Professional Scrum with Kanban” class with and in 2018 he published his second book, “When Will It Be Done?”. Most recently, Daniel co-founded whose aim is to create a safe, diverse, inclusive community to learn about Kanban.

Prateek Singh has been leading and working on agile teams for almost two decades. Starting with XP, then Scrum and now working in a Kanban system, Prateek has gained a breadth and depth of knowledge regarding agile techniques, practices, and implementation principles. Prateek has been a Director of Business Agility at UKG conducting training and coaching for teams regarding Kanban and Lean principles. Prateek has played the role of Software Engineer, Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Manager of Software Engineering, Director of Engineering, and Director of Business Agility in his career. Prateek is currently the Head of Learning and Development at Dan and Prateek also are the hosts of the Drunk Agile podcast.