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Top Reasons Why Companies Use Kanban [Infographic Included]

Kanban started as a scheduling system developed by Taiichi Ohno that revolutionized the automotive industry and was the foundation of the Toyota production system. Later, David Anderson defined Kanban for knowledge work application, and it gained massive popularity across the software sector, IT operations, engineering, marketing, etc. Businesses of all types are using it. We, […]

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Best Practices for Using Upstream Kanban

Are you overwhelmed by customer feedback and requests? Is your team struggling to differentiate between ideas worth exploring and random ideas? If you have felt the devastating effects of aborted work, you’re not alone.  Indeed, there’s a way to streamline that rush of ideas, customer requests, feedback, and so on—a very reasonable and intuitive way […]

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How to Set & Track Service Level Expectations with Kanban(ize) to Optimize Delivery?

The standard approach for communicating when customers should receive a given service/product has been to set commitments and promises based on estimations. However, in the volatile knowledge work environment, this frequently results in not delivering on time.  That’s why in Kanban, we use Service Level Expectations (SLEs) and we are eager to share our first-hand […]

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It’s Here! Read the First-Ever State of Kanban Report

This week we have big news: the first-ever annual State of Kanban report is finally here, and it’s available below!  We are very excited to announce that in collaboration with Kanban University and Digite, we have compiled the first State of Kanban survey results. As we are true believers in the power of Kanban for […]

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What’s Common Between Kanban & Chess?

My father taught me to play chess when I was very little, maybe four. There are many prodigy children who beat chess masters at four, but I wasn’t one of them. I was average.

My father never let me win against him, just because I was his son. He has always been

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From Artifacts to Purpose Using Kanban

Edgar Schein, Sloan Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT, describes three levels of organizational culture: artifacts, the visible sign: from dress code to how employees communicate espoused beliefs: the values by which business is conducted, it can be brought out by talking to people underlying assumptions, the invisible component: hard to describe, often unconscious, […]