Value of Kanban

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:

  1. Transparency
  2. Balance
  3. Collaboration
  4. Customer Focus
  5. Flow
  6. Leadership
  7. Understanding
  8. Agreement
  9. Respect

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.

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