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Get Your Team Started with Kanban in 5 Simple Steps

In the late 1940s, Toyota found a better engineering process from an unlikely source: the supermarket. They noticed that store clerks restocked a grocery item by their store’s inventory, not their vendor’s supply. The grocers’ “just-in-time” delivery process sparked Toyota engineers to rethink their methods and pioneer a new approach - a Kanban system - that would match inventory with demand and achieve higher levels of quality and throughput.

So how’d they do all that? In simplest terms, by better communication through visual management.

Kanban’s highly visual nature allows project managers to easily collaborate with their teams on what work needs to be done and when. It helps minimize handoff delays and keeps the entire team on the same page.

Kanban is gaining traction as a way to smoothly implement Agile and Lean management methods in tech and non-tech companies around the world. Throughout this fresh take, Kanban’s core elements have remained rooted in the following four principles:

  1. Visualize Work

  2. Limit Work in Progress

  3. Focus on Flow

  4. Continuous Improvement

Each step in this roadmap is designed to guide you through these key Kanban principles and includes a group activity complete with helpful tips and real world examples to create an interactive, team-based journey.


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