Aerosud Holdings Ltd. is an internationally recognized manufacturer of aircraft parts and assemblies from South Africa. They are a supplier of OEM aircraft brands such as Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, etc.
One of the main challenges that initially sparked the idea of adopting Lean/Agile was the slow response rates within the IT services area. Due to the lack of work transparency, the IT area had problems communicating expectations upfront, setting clear priorities, and escalating issues to the right stakeholders.
Aerosud’s IT area started with physical Kanban boards on an individual level. After undergoing Kanban training, they realized that high levels of Work-In-Progress contribute to longer cycle times (based on Little’s Law) which made the team agree on limiting WIP on every individual board.
Due to this and other practices, the IT group doubled their throughput from 60 to around 120 tickets within 3 days!
Even though the improvements were visible, the limitations of the individual boards soon became obvious.
For example, there was no way to create an automatic integration between Aerosud’s IT systems and the actual workflow. Realizing the need for business agility, Aerosud's management was also looking for a solution to scale the adoption of Kanban across multiple departments.
After going through an online Kanban training and iterating on a few versions of a digital board in Kanbanize, the IT group visualized multiple team workflows on a single board.
To visualize demand, Aerosud’s IT group used the Kanbanize API to integrate their workflow with an external IT service desk portal.
Looking for enhanced agility, Aerosud initiated a Kanbanize implementation for project management in Engineering. The Engineering department implemented a board in Kanbanize that visualizes the workflows of different service groups – Design, Mechanical, CNC, Professional Engineering, etc.
They also implemented the "Flight Levels” concept by Klaus Leopold for portfolio management (see more in the full version).
Even though the Kanban implementation at Aerosud has matured significantly, leaders knew their ongoing Lean/Agile journey would be incomplete if they didn’t have the means to measure it. That’s why Aerosud turned to the Analytics capabilities in Kanbanize, including a Power BI integration which you can read more about in the document below.
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