As discussed on the recent Podcast Episode #8, there’s no one size fits all approach to constructing Kanban boards.
If you embrace the core principles of Kanban, you should start with visualizing your current process, or Flow of Value through your specific System. Your Kanban Board should be designed to reflect that flow of work (producing Value in the end) as closely as reasonably possible.
If you had to remember one thing about Kanban, it probably should be – visualise your current flow of work, and then seek ways to improve it as time goes by.
Planning your Kanban Board
So here are a couple of examples of people collaborating as they construct their first Kanban boards, simply laying out the cards and discussing steps of their process that are worthy of visualisation. This is closely accompanied by negotiation on Work In Progress (WIP) limits and Policies that should openly display conditions necessary to move a card from one Status to another.
Active Kanban Boards in use
These boards might look messy and lacking detail, with no explicitly visible WIP limits or Policies above the columns, but the purpose of these images is to stop you thinking that until you have a fully fledged picture of your flow of work in mind, you can’t start using a Board… It’s simply not true.
Trying to get everything perfect upfront would simply hold you back from improving your BAU process – as you can see below, these boards are clearly early in their evolution and still showing room for improvement. However they’ve been implemented by very busy Teams that started benefiting from this process visualisation immediately.
This was the main point I tried to deliver on the Podcast episode #8, which is linked above for your listening pleasure.
Questions or feedback? Don’t hesitate to contact me at podcast (at) joinagile.com .