WHAT IS KANBAN?
Kanban is a method for managing and optimizing the flow of work in a production process. It was developed by Toyota in the 1950s and has since been widely adopted in a variety of industries.
In Kanban, work is represented by cards or other visual elements that are placed on a board or other visual display. The board is divided into columns that represent the different stages of the work process, such as "to do," "in progress," and "completed."
As work is completed, the cards are moved from one column to the next, allowing team members and stakeholders to see the progress of the work and identify any bottlenecks or delays.
Kanban is based on the principles of just-in-time production, which aims to reduce waste and improve efficiency by only producing or delivering what is needed, when it is needed. It is often used in conjunction with other lean manufacturing techniques, such as Six Sigma and 5S.
Kanban is designed to be flexible and adaptable, and it encourages teams to continuously improve their processes and identify ways to optimize the flow of work. It is often used in manufacturing, software development, and other industries where there is a need to manage and optimize the production of goods or services.