Disciplined Mapping and Monitoring of Work in Progress

Learn how Kanban is useful for visualizing and mapping workflow.

As organizations move beyond basic Scrum, it becomes useful to mix in Lean as a way to support improvements in quality and productivity.

Kanban is the Lean technique most often used to implement Lean’s requirement to visualize and map workflow across a value stream. Kanban emphasizes examining “work in progress” (WIP), defining how much WIP exists in a system at present, and then gradually imposing limits on WIP to expose delays that are limiting throughput.

Kanban systems typically use a physical Kanban board that looks something like this:

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