Now, let’s begin our discussion on Ganmain, Kanban is a very flexible and easy to implement method to due process improvement.
In fact, I think that it is so easy that it should be the starting point for all the teams that are thinking of adopting the agile approach.
And unlike Scrum, which has strict rules to be followed on extreme programming, which has strict practices,
Kanban is very flexible and teams have a lot of scope of being creative by implementing Kanban simply said Kanban is amazing and very easy to implement.
Now let’s understand what Kanban is.
So Kanban is a Japanese word, which literally means a signboard, all signaling using cards.
It comes from the manufacturing industry when Toyota, which is a Japanese car manufacturer, implemented
Kanban to monitor the car making process and identify the steps, which are the bottlenecks.
From there, it has been adapted for software development and it has been similarly successful.
So the idea of carbon is visualizing the workflow to achieve process improvement.
Let’s understand this line in detail.
The first part is visualizing the workflow.
This means that there should be a clear picture of what steps and actions are being taken by the team.
By visualizing this, we try to identify at which step we have inefficiencies on waste, and what are these steps at which floor is getting interrupted?
Then comes the second part, which is achieving process improvement.
There are several steps or practices that can suggest to improve the process and achieve a higher flow of work through it.
Some practices are like limiting the work in progress or managing the flow or implementing feedback loops, etc., which we will discuss in the subsequent lectures.
But please note that these are just suggestions and not rules.
The team can come up with any type of creative solution to the issues they identified while visualizing the workflow.
Now, before I tell you more about Kanban and its practices, I think I should first show you how we
visualize the process using a kanban board.
Once you understand this, all of the other things will make much more sense to you. So in the next lecture, we will look at the Kanban board.
See you in the next one.