I’ve just uploaded a new version of my Kanban Canvas which has some minor updates. These changes more closely reflect how I have been using the canvas, and worked well in my recent training in South Africa.
The main difference is in the layout of the Impacts, which are now represented as the corners of a triangle. When identifying impacts, I regularly found that examples didn’t fit neatly into one of the original sections, so this new arrangement makes relative placement more natural. It also now matches the way I previously described making an impact with Kanban Thinking.
In addition, I have tweaked the wording of the Impact prompts from “what stories might be told…” to “what stories can be told…”. This has shifted the emphasis in exploring impacts away from imagining idealised future states and instead towards sharing actual experiences which can be learned from. As a result story-telling can become more natural and Anecdote Circles can be used more easily.
The other small change is in the wording of the Study prompt, which is now “what could be learnt about customer and stakeholder needs, the resultant demand, and how that demand is processed”. Previously it was about “what could be done to learn” but I found it more useful to begin thinking and capturing the potential learning itself, rather than focussing on the mechanism or technique used.
If you have already downloaded the Kanban Canvas, the new version can be found with the same link as the previous version. If you would like to download the new version, you can do so from the Kanban Thinking site. The French translation is also already available, and I hope to be able to update the other translations soon.