A visual system for managing work (which constitutes the “value stream”) through a process. Kanban is the Japanese term for “visual board” which indicates available capacity to work or a visual cue to begin work. A key aspect is the limitation of work-in-progress (‘WIP’). Applying WIP limits forces a focus on completing a smaller, more manageable batch size of work rather than starting numerous work items. Kanban is a system to stop STARTING! and start FINISHING! By increasing the flow of work through our processes, we reduce cycle time/time to market, increase productivity and enhance quality.
Kanban Board - Example