Kanban Board Example for Agile Product Managers
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Kanban is a visual system for managing work, visualizing both the workflow process and the actual work passing through it. The word “Kanban” translated roughly from Japanese means “a visual card” or a “placard”. First introduced by automotive giant Toyota during the early 1940s, the Kanban process represents a scheduling system that tells us what, when, and how much to produce. This system of workflow management turned out to be a huge success since it ideally controlled and tracked the entire work process. Since then, it has been adopted by a variety of businesses, regardless of their size or industry. The Kanban method is a process that can gradually improve the workflow of any business and subsequently reduce working time while increasing the value of your products and services. The Kanban board is the main means of implementation of this method. It’s a simple system of vertical and horizontal lanes that gives you the ability to map out your unique workflow, making the working process transparent and easy to track. And here is the deal: Its strongest asset is the ability to create a picture – a visual display of the process which helps our brains process the information faster and complete the tasks more efficiently.
Benefits of Kanban boards
Thanks to Kanban boards, nothing gets ignored or skipped, here's why:
- Presenting all the tasks in one place helps teams come up with a more efficient plan and get better results
- Kanban boards are extremely helpful for working on multiple projects and/or with different teams
- They increase team collaboration and let team members focus better on the tasks
- Visualization of the work process leads to greater transparency and clearly shows any potential bottlenecks
- Measuring the flow of our work on a Kanban board allows to significantly improve the speed of delivery
Kanban boards in Project Management
Online Kanban board tools, such as Jira, provide much easier access to project planning for members of a team wherever they are. They enable keeping more comprehensive information regarding each step of the working process. There is no need for frequent team meetings as an online board automatically informs team members about the progress of a project, as well as any changes that might have occurred. Save time on planning and documenting every alteration and each step of the project. An online Kanban Board can be updated at any time, from any place, and to any necessary extent. That's very important for teams and stakeholders who don’t always share an office space to be able to visualize the work process. Reports and metrics generated by online Kanban boards are more sophisticated and take far less time to generate than physical boards. The predictability based on actual data you collect while working on a project is one of the most powerful attributes of Kanban.Online Kanban boards are flexible, customizable, and modernized to achieve greater work management efficiencies. The good news is that nowadays many project management tools, such as Craft, offer digital Kanban boards as a feature.
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