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You're looking at something that agile software development teams have fallen in love with in recent years: the Kanban board. Kanban serves to make teams and individuals more productive, and it's a great way to visualize workflows and keep them organized.
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Use the Kanban board to create new tasks, dependencies or move tasks between different columns.
Kanban

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New to this topic? Learn more about Kanban and its benefits 👇

What is Kanban

Kanban is, as Kanbanize states, "a popular Lean workflow management method for defining, managing, and improving services that deliver knowledge work. It helps to visualize work, maximize efficiency and continuously improve." The word itself means "visual board" or "sign" and takes us to the beautiful country of Japan. As early as the 1940s, Toyota began optimizing its engineering process and applied this method as a planned system for its innovative just-in-time manufacturing. Over time, companies in other industries, such as software development, realized that they could use this methodology to visualize their work and make it more efficient. And they did.

The principles of Kanban

There are four principles of Kanban:

  • Start with what you do now
  • Agree to pursue incremental, evolutionary change
  • Respect the current process, roles, responsibilities, and titles
  • Encourage acts of leadership at all levels in your organization

Start with what you do now

Kanban is not about completely changing the way an organization operates today. It builds on what works and addresses bottlenecks that negatively impact processes and results.

Agree to pursue incremental, evolutionary change

Like Kaizen, Kanban takes into account that big changes are difficult to implement and can be met with rejection at multiple levels. The emphasis is therefore on incremental change and smaller but continuous improvement. Unlike Scrum or Agile methodologies, Kanban is less time-oriented - it does not organize work in sprints.

Respect the current process, roles, responsibilities, and titles

This principle supports the argument that Kanban does not prescribe change. However, it does support it on an ongoing basis. This is particularly advantageous for larger companies where (major) changes take longer to implement.

Encourage acts of leadership at all levels in your organization

The drive for continuous improvement is not just a top management activity. Team members at all levels of the organization should be empowered to own the problem and feel empowered to solve it, as well as feel supported to improve on a daily basis.

Key benefits of Kanban

From what has already been written above, the bottom line is pretty clear. Organisations and teams that apply this Lean methodology can benefit from shorter time cyclethe amount of time it takes for a unit of work to travel through the team’s workflow (from the moment work starts to the moment it ship), fewer bottlenecks, visual metrics that shed light on whether the team strives for continuous improvement and, of course, continuous delivery.

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