The Kanban Library
Watch this short presentation to get an idea of what Kanban is in 5 minutes
Kanban aims to Efficiently Deliver Value
One of the key Lean principles is Flow – creating a continuous and predictable delivery stream of Features/Capabilities. Kanban visualizes the Features/Capabilities currently queued and in process, and employs mechanisms aimed at minimizing flow disruptions, wasted effort, and amount of in-process inventory.
Work and Workflow are Made Visible
Activities, Issues and Impediments rise to the surface and are dealt with rather than swept under the carpet.
Work in Process is Limited
Limiting the Work in Process (WIP) encourages key behaviours desired in Lean/Agile environments, e.g.,
- Remove obstacles rather than ignore them;
- Focus on running work to completion, rather than inefficient multi-tasking / context-switching.
Kaizen – Evolutionary Improvement is encouraged and incorporated into the life cycle
A rigorous Continuous Improvement regimen encourages removal of Systemic Causes of Problems. Retrospectives, Operational Reviews, Advanced analytics based on Lean, Six Sigma and Queueing Theory Science, all contribute to systemic study and improvement of process performance.
Flexible Language for describing Development/Maintenance Workflows
Kanban can visualize and manage any kind of workflow, usingsemantics such as “Work Types”, “Classes of Service”, “Horizontal SwimmingLanes”, “Tagging”, “Hierarchical Work Types”.
Where to use Kanban
Kanban is used by a wide range of organizations – small, medium and large.