Kanban is a workflow management method designed to help you visualize your work, maximize efficiency and be agile. It means billboard or signboard in Japanese.
Initially developed by Toyota in the late 1940’s introduced with the concept “just in time” and a pull approach system. This means that production was based on customer demand, rather than standard push practice to produce amounts of goods for stock.
1. Start with what you know
Kanban’s flexibility allows you to overlay existing workflows, systems and processes without disrupting what is already successfully being done but highlighting what needs to be addressed and helps to be more efficient. This implies one can introduce incremental changes without shock.
2. Agree to pursue incremental, evolutionary change
This methodology is designed to meet minimal resistance and encourages continuous small incremental and evolutionary changes to the current process.
3. Respect the current process, roles and responsibilities
Kanban recognizes that existing processes, roles, responsibilities and titles have value and are generally, worth preserving. This does not prohibit change, but it’s designed to promote incremental, logical changes without triggering resistance by fear.
4. Encourage acts of leadership at all levels
Some of the best leadership comes from everyday acts of people on the front line of their teams. It’s important to foster a mindset of continuous improvement (Kaizen) in order to reach optimal performance.