Welcome into the Kanban process!
Kanban is a powerful tool to control and schedule a production system using a visual approach. In Japanese, Kanban means "signboard", "ticket" or "billboard": we will see that Kanban cards are a key component of this project management method. The goal of Kanban is to control the production flows from a logistic point of view. Indeed, it is not an inventory system: the goal is to target a "just-in-time" delivery (JIT). The first implementation of a Kanban tool was in 1953, by Taiichi Ohno for Toyota. But is it now widely used in IT and software development in order to control the workflow. Kanban is part of the well-known category of agile methods, that also includes the scrum method.
The goal of this website is to present Kanban as a project management tool. The main principles are detailed, and some examples of Kanban boards are commented (the examples are taken from the software industry).
If you have to remember only 4 things about Kanban method before leaving, maybe the following lines are for you. The main goals of Kaban are:
- To visualize the workflow on a board
- To limit WIP (acronym of Work-In-Progress)
- To pull the work from column to column, instead of pushing it
- To monitor, improve and adapt