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APIL#14 – Kanban Pizza Factory

There are a number of Kanban games and simulations. Some of the better known ones are GetKanban and Kanban Frog Factory. For a while I wanted to play a game I have encountered about two years ago – Kanban Pizza Factory, which seemed more appealing to me, and I haven’t had the chance to play it yet. The game was introduced by Ralf Kruse from Agile42, and what I liked about it is that it is easy enough to play, it involves something majority of people love, and it can be easily analogized to our day to day life.

So, we have decided to dedicate our 14th Agile Practitioners meeting to a brief introduction to Kanban, followed by the game. Courtesy of Google Campus Tel Aviv, the meeting was held at the 26th floor of Electra Building with fantastic view of Tel Aviv.

The Kanban intro, as promised, was very brief, with types of waste and WIP being the areas that raised most questions. Read more…


My wife went on a one week break last week, leaving me to deal with three kids and a hectic week at work. I wasn’t concerned much with the situation, apart from one thing that I dreaded: laundry.

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To begin with, you must understand the laundry cycle at our humble home. Let me draw a picture for you:

Everyone in the family dispatches new laundry to the work queue. That is, my missus and I place it in agreed baskets, and the kids just happen to drop it some place around the house: bedroom, corridor, washroom (not to be confused with washing room!), backyard, kitchen table – anything goes. Occasionally kids misplace laundry and place it in the washing room itself, but I attribute it to a temporary lapse of kidsism. Read more…

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