Talk:Kanban

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Clarify terms[edit]

If you read this page top to bottom while pretending that you don't know anything at all about kanban (as I do not), you will find the word "kanban" apparently meaning multiple things. For the most part "kanban" seems to be the name of the process. Early on it is stated that the name literally means "billboard", though it is not explained how that meaning is relevant. But reading the article, "kanban" also appears to name some mysterious component of the overall process. For example, if you don't know what a kanban is, all of these phrases are baffling: "Problem areas are highlighted by reducing the number of kanban in circulation." "...stock building may be deemed more appropriate, and is achieved by placing more kanban in the system." "Always attach a kanban to the goods." None of these are explained by interpreting kanban as "billboard" or as "the overall process", the only two meanings provided up to that point.

If you read far enough, eventually you come to the section on Kanban cards, which seems to say that these cards are also called kanban and describes their use. Now things are finally starting to make sense.

Suggestions: Replace earlier usage of "kanban" with "kanban cards" wherever appropriate; and/or add a sentence or two in the first paragraph summarizing what a kanban card is and explicitly stating that these cards are also called kanban.

Slinkp (talk) 05:48, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

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