A Kanban Board is one of the tools that can be used to implement Kanban to manage work, at the personal or organizational level.
Kanban Boards show how work moves from left to right, each column represents a stage of the overall process, or to be more precise the system that is visualized by the board. The team pulls cards from one column to another to the right to show progress, and to coordinate their efforts with others.
At its simplest, boards are usually divided into "waiting", "work in progress" and "completed work". Complex Kanban boards can be created that visualise the flow of work across a whole value stream map.
Kanban can be used to organize many areas of an organisation and can be designed accordingly. The simplest kanban board consists of three columns: "to-do", "in progress" and "done", while some additional detail such as WiP limits are needed to fully support the Kanban Method. Business functions that use kanban boards include:
- Kanban board for software development team. A popular example of a Kanban board for agile or lean software development consists of: Backlog, Ready, Coding, Testing, Approval, and Done columns. It is also a common practice to name columns in a different way, for example: Next, In Development, Done, Customer Acceptance, Live.
- Kanban for marketing teams
- Kanban for HR teams
- Organisational strategy and executive leadership teams
- Personal task management or "Personal Kanban" as described and promoted by Jim Benson.
- Audit teams
- Asana, with boards
- Jira (software), provides kanban boards
- Projektron BCS, project management tool, provides kanban boards for tickets and tasks
- Trello, kanban-based project management
- Twproject (formerly Teamwork), project and groupware management tool
- CA Technologies Rally, provides teams with the option of managing pull-based, lean software development projects
- Continuous-flow manufacturing
- Getting Things Done
- Kanban (development)
- Value stream mapping
- Visual control
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