Kanban and the challenges it can solve

Each company was established to be unique and that is how they are, either in terms of services or products offered or in terms of operations. What is most common in the market is the competition between companies that offer similar products or services and how each strives to become successful. Making this happen is however not an easy task.

Where is the problem?

Kanban has been used to solve several problems in workplaces but there are still some complications. The complications are brought about by the people that are implementing it. The team members are supposed to find ways to keep improving Kanban so that creativity and innovation will always be a part of their resources. Kanban can be used to take care of problems in the workplace and the problems that could be encountered and solved include:

Lack of organization.
This is a primary problem that almost all companies or firms face. Using project management effectively will make it easy for the employees to handle their task when due. Project management will also dictate that all work data is to be kept in one place for easy collection and identification.

Late deliveries.
Some employees are guilty of this even though most of the time, it is not intentional. However, Kanban board can help you rank tasks according to priority or deadline so that you don’t deliver anyone late. The days left can be easily tracked and this will make it easy for the employee to work on it before the deadline.

Miscommunication.
This happens frequently. Either the information doesn’t get to the intended target or the information is twisted along the way. It is important to ensure communication among the staffs in order to deliver a quality product/service. Prompt and proper communication is key to success.

Too much information.
Sometimes, the information floating around is too much to handle. A Kanban board is designed to make it easier for you to sieve through the information and concentrate on the important ones. Only the important ones should be displayed on the board.

Project status.
The exact status of a project is sometimes unknown. Kanban board will help you know if the project is completed, in progress or if it hasn’t started. It will also display other information like time until completion, performance, and possible bottlenecks.

Access via multiple platforms.
With Kanban tools, you can be easily notified of any new development. It will be very easy for you to access your workflow from multiple platforms. Tasks can be added and marked as completed via any of these platforms.

Rigidity.
This is a problem that is solved by Kanban. It allows you to be flexible in your workflow and design your board and tasks in such a way that fits your schedules and preferences. Your Kanban cards can easily be changed or edited so as to display only the information you want to see.

What’s next?
To learn the Kanban 101 at team-level, enroll in the IBQMI® Approved Kanban Professional.
If you want to apply Kanban to any environment at an advanced coach level, you should enroll in the Certified Kanban Coach®.

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