Kanban boards are all the rage and have been for a long time now. Most “planning” software has some form of Kanban view of your data – heck even big old Salesforce gives you a “kanban” view of things.
But the real value of a “real” Kanban board is in the underpinning values used to create the board. These values make knowledge work “jump out” so that the team is in a far better place to self-direct/self manage.
There is a lot one can write about Kanban and the value it brings to a service based organisation, but I won’t cover that today, maybe later. Instead, I want to briefly review the nine values of Kanban.
The Nine values of Kanban are:
- Customer Focus
What’s interesting about these items and the thing that makes them so valuable is each item on the list is a goal for organisations unto itself of most leadership teams. You’d be hard-pressed to find a leadership team in business today who didn’t want their organisations to demonstrate the values.
Unfortunately creating a few columns on a whiteboard with a couple of swim lanes and popping coloured post-it notes on it does not unto itself result in these values. The value go more in-depth and require significant effort and understanding to achieve.
I hope to explore these topics more.