After you introduce the WIP limits you can try to propagate them back through the workflow, observe results and adapt. Getting limits right takes time, so start with your best guess and fine-tune over time. The ultimate goal is to achieveconstant, high throughput and personal / team performance.
step 3Dont push too hard Pull instead photo adapted from www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/3212039475
Its easy to get friction between different teams, especially when one is more performant...
… and pushes more work thananother one can actually handle.
A solution to this is a pull system, system,where next team pulls work only when ready for it.
You can implement pull system by adding a limited capacity buffer between teams.
step 4 Use it! - then -Monitor, adapt and improve .
The best tool to measure Kanban performance is Cumulative Flow Chart
Each day, for each column, mark how many tasks are in it or somewhere further down the workflow. This will produce a mountain-like looking chart, which gives insight intothe process, shows past performance and allows to predict future results
One of the many things you can read from it is the mean time for task to get through the workflow www.slideshare.net/yyeret/explaining-cumulative-flow-diagrams-cfd Note that without limit on Work In Progress,the Mean Cycle Time tends to increase drastically ...
… eventually leading to the dreaded waterfall model www.slideshare.net/yyeret/explaining-cumulative-flow-diagrams-cfd
power tip 1 Use online tool tomanage your activities .
● online tool to manage your activities using Kanban method● perfect for distributed teams● real time collaboration● accessible from everywhere● provides in-depth analytics, including Cumulative Flow● retains data about your past performance http://kanbantool.com
power tip 2 Mix Kanban withsomething you like . www.flickr.com/photos/theogeo/2477475620