Using Kanban to Eliminate Waste
In our prevision article, we asked the question “Is Kanban Agile” and discussed that Kanban is a process component of Lean and dates back to the Just-In-Time delivery methodology. The purpose of JIT was to eliminate waste and focus on delivery of only what is required and will give Value to the Customer. Remember – it’s the Customer’s job to Define Value (i.e a benefit plan).
Let’s get some clarity around the term waste as it can be broad. Within our Modern PMO, we associate waste as:
- Waiting: Staff is idle and waiting for a Product Increment to be completed before proceeding.
- Overproduction: Delivering more than the Customer demands in a single Product Increment.
- Defects: The resulting Product Increment is something that the customer would believe to be unacceptable
- Extra Processing: Performing extra work beyond what is required within the Product Increment.
Your Kanban board helps manage the flow of the work (To Do | Doing | Done) and supports visualization of the product increment activities so that you can quickly assess and cut waste. When assessing a PPM solution, consider if a Kanban view of your Project activities is something that may give You value – and add it to your list of PPM Solution requirements.