Since Kanban minimized Work in Progress and makes bottlenecks visible, I thought it would be a great way to increase the flexibility of our software development.
Years back in 2008, when I just went through Lean Six Sigma training, I saw Kanban and the first thing that came to my mind, "Let's try this!"
Setting up a Kanban board is easy.
Explaining the concept of Kanban is also easy.
So, we started.
Initially, we did really well:
- Breaking down the work into bite-sized portions made analysis, development and test significantly easier.
- The high visibility of which topic was currently at which stage of the development process made managing the product easier as well.
- Working on a pull principle significantly reduced the stress associated with large projects.
- Seeing multiple cards fly through the board from left to right, getting things done at a rapid pace, significantly improved team morale