Kanban Board

  • Jeff Dalton


A Kanban Board is a visual work management system that enables understanding and optimization of continuous work being performed by a team or functional group. The board depicts the state of work across the top, and the flow of work as it goes through each state. A basic Kanban Board has states for “waiting,” “in progress,” and “completed.” Teams are free to adapt the board and can define as many states as needed to understand how much work is to be done, being done, and is done. A major goal of Kanban is to limit work in progress to drive improvements in efficiency and throughput. Choose Kanban when the work in the “waiting” state is not easily predictable, or when the type of work is driven by demand.

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© Jeff Dalton 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeff Dalton
    • 1
  1. 1.WaterfordUSA

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