What are the top 5 benefits of kanban?

I would like to share this great topic posted by Joe Jordan Logistics Operations Management

on Linkedin

kanban board

I have collected some of the answers:

 

Brook Ferguson Senior IT Consultant at PolarSeven

Visualizing your work in progress – which promotes communication

My answer was:

Big Visible, Visualize your work, Stabilize your work in progress, Optimize your work in progress and

with all of these benefits you become your lead cycle more predictable

 

Paul Evenson Senior Project Manager at Harvard Business Publishing

1. The focus on finishing the most valuable work and getting it to our customers rather than starting a lot of tasks that may stall, be abandoned, etc.
2. Giving the business a clear picture of what we are doing, how the work has been prioritized, what may be stuck, and where our constraints are.
3. In our case, Kanban makes each phase of work more explicit – you can’t get to the next phase without completing x,y,z, and it says so right on the board.
4. It’s flexibility. We frequently try to tweak/adjust details of our processes within Kanban; if something helps us to deliver quality software more quickly, we keep it; if it doesn’t, we abandon it.
5. It encourages speed and efficiency.

 

To Sum it up, Kanban is a low impact tool in terms of adoption as it can layered on top of your existing process without significant change.

Kanban has been used to great success in manufacturing, for example, Toyota.  There is also great successes happening in health care, education, and even the video games industry.

You start your Kanban journey by exposing your current working practices, good and bad so that everyone can see the real situation.  Once you have got into the swing of visualizing your practices, you can then make a more informed choice when you decide to evolve your process.

 

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Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile. Why? I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible to implement it. Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

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  2. Thank you for sharing 🙂 If anyone needs also an introduction how to Get started with Kanban here is a great post: http://buff.ly/2d1g3vE

    1. I will read that article.

      Thanks to share it.

      Mario

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