When managing work in an agile manner, we should consider three types of indicators: lead, lag and along.
A very low overhead method is proposed for accurately measuring flow efficiency with flow management software.
I went to the supermarket yesterday and was delighted to see a standard kanban practice was implemented there. Attempting to limit the density of the shoppers in the store, you had to wait at the entry for a card—in fact, a kanban card—before entering. At the exit, you returned the card, enabling another entry to […]
Kanban is very frequently described as “a visual management method for projects”. But is this really true? I believe it misses the core of understanding kanban and creates many misconceptions.
It has become a commonplace that the throughput of a team’s or individual’s work is significantly slowed by context switching. If, instead of trying to multi-task and performing many different tasks within a given lapse of time, we finish a task before we start another, there will be much less context switching. Consequently, we would […]
Field service work has a variety of constraints and special characteristics that may influence how the flow of field service work is managed using kanban. What is different about field service and what should we take into account when using kanban to manage field service work? Many of the issues that I will describe may […]
I have frequently remarked that “traditional” analysis of service events and the plotting of data is highly misleading. This is due to a distribution of data that is neither symmetric nor normal. A useful data plotting tool for asymmetric, non normal data distributions is the violin plot. This article joins my series of articles concerning […]
There is a strong contrast between the traditional management view of spare time and the kanban view. Traditional managers1 view spare time as something to avoid, as a sign of inefficiency or even laziness. One important responsibility of such managers is to keep workers busy. In contrast to this, network queuing theory—and kanban in particular—show […]