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Kanban Introduction for Beginners

There are many misconceptions about what Kanban is and how it is used. Learn the basics elements of Kanban to discover the real power of the Kanban method and how to apply it successfully in your organization today!
What is Kanban?

The Kanban Method is a simple process to design, implement and improve a custom work management system (Kanban Systems).

A Kanban System is a powerful Visual Work Management System that enables people to define, align, focus and deliver on key objectives.

A Kanban Board depicts the workflow states and policies of your process and the current state of individual work items (Kanban Cards).

A Kanban Card is a visual representation of a work item, it is a core element of the Kanban system as it represents work that has been requested or is already in progress.

A Kanban Signal is an open slot in a column on a Kanban board indicates that there is available capacity within the column and signals to pull a work item from the previous column.

Kanban Software is a tool to implement a Digital Kanban System that enhances team communication, generates performance metrics to improve predictability and increase productivity.

Why Kanban?


A Kanban System is a way for the modern enterprise to achieve Business Agility, Predictability, Efficiency, Operate at Scale and Continuously Improve.


A Kanban System can help solve several dysfunctions in an organizational:

  • Overburdening of the team, People Burnout

  • Lack of clarity of the real Status of Work

  • Schedule Overruns - Unpredictability of Delivery

  • Competing Priorities

  • Wasteful Inappropriate Processes

  • Process Bottlenecks

  • Chaos - Misalignment of Work and Strategy

The 4 Core Principles of Kanban
  • Principle 1:  Start With What You Do Now

  • Principle 2:  Agree to Pursue Incremental, Evolutionary Change

  • Principle 3:  Respect the Current Process, Roles & Responsibilities

  • Principle 4:  Encourage Acts of Leadership at All Levels

The 6 Practices of Kanban
  • Practice 1:  Visualize the Workflow

  • Practice 2:  Limit Work in Progress

  • Practice 3:  Manage Flow

  • Practice 4:  Make Process Policies Explicit

  • Practice 5:  Feedback Loops

  • Practice 6:  Improve Collaboratively (using models & the scientific method)

The 9 Core Values of Kanban
  • Understanding

  • Agreement

  • Respect

  • Leadership

  • Flow

  • Customer Focus

  • Transparency

  • Balance

  • Collaboration

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