Why choose Kanban?
Kanban is an Agile method we use at Pentalog to efficiently complete development projects . Derived from the Japanese word “label,” this agile approach is well suited for:
- maintenance projects
- teams where priorities change
- projects that are difficult to plan
- high flexibility and responsiveness
Kanban is based on two main principles:
- visualization of tasks through constant flow
- Search for perfection at a lower cost
Among Kanban’s values are transparency, balance, collaboration, flow, leadership, and customer orientation. While these values may individually pose some challenges, together they provide clear direction and an innovative way of approaching change.
Advantages of the Kanban method
Compared to other Agile methods, Kanban is easier to implement thanks to its incremental action on continuous processes.
Kanban will help your team to:
- avoid unnecessary tasks
- select and prioritize future tasks
- offer more project transparency
- focus on workflow and service delivery
- increase problem-solving and decision-making skills
- make more accurate estimates
- improve predictability and team communication
- better adapt to change
- achieve a higher success through efficiency
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The 3 Working Principles, according to Kanban.
- View the workflow
A dashboard is set up to improve visibility. Materialized by physical or virtual post-its, actions are positioned in columns corresponding to the steps of the workflow: “to do” “in progress” and “done.”
New ideas are welcome, (regardless of previous decisions) to promote transparency and communication.
- Limit “Work in Progress”
WiP is a core concept in Kanban, which ensures the right balance between the team skills & client requirements. The team is invited to define the process, and the WiP limits it can support. The work must not be blocked, and the objectives must be easily achievable.
- Measure and optimize duration
Once the WiP limits have been defined, the average time it takes for an element to cross the entire task table is measured. This step provides the indicators necessary to improve predictability, meet service level agreements (SLAs) and the production implementation plan.
Kanban is a flexible method, which, in addition to these three rules, is complemented by a series of customized best practices. Significant changes are not recommended, as this is not a common characteristic of Kanban. On the other hand, small incremental changes are considered essential to the success of the project.
Kanban also encourages all contributions, from beginners to experts, which brings team members together.
Who finds the Kanban method useful?
Kanban is for every company that is looking for reduced cycle times and costs, as well as superior quality products. This method is ideally suited for support and maintenance projects with a continuous flow of elements and a dynamic workload.
Kanban helps you to clearly visualize tasks while remaining focused on your strategy.
This disruptive method requires high-level skills for team members who will ultimately guarantee the project’s success. Also note: Kanban does not allow users to define roles as precisely as the Scrum Agile method. This is why Pentalog advises our clients with experienced Kanban masters who know how to manage this aspect and approach it with ease.
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