There is a method that helps teams visually manage the way work flows though a system, for instance, through their work queue. Kanban takes its name from the Japanese word for placard or billboard, where in a manufacturing context, a board can signify where each item is in the work flow. It is an Lean approach that is often overlaid on an existing process–for instance, when a Scrum Team uses a physical or electronic board to see how work is flowing to done. Being able to visualize the work limits the amount of work in process, and enables measurement and optimization of that flow of work.
Authored by Philip Rogers
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