KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast

One of our KaiNexus customers suggested that we share audio from our webinar series as podcasts. We've done that! And we're also adding content from our KaiNexus blog, read as audio book-style podcasts. To view webinar recordings (audio and slides) or to see and download slides, visit http://www.kainexus.com/webinars and then click on the webinar library. To read content from our blog, visit http://blog.kainexus.com. Our webinars feature KaiNexus leaders, such as Dr. Greg Jacobson and Mark Graban, along with noted authors and our customers, talking about continuous improvement, leadership, and operational excellence. Kaizen and Lean are also featured topics. KaiNexus is a software company that is focused on helping spread continuous improvement throughout organizations.

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What Exactly IS a Kanban Board?

Updated a long time ago.

Written by Jake Sussman, read by Mark Graban

If you’ve watched our recent webinar Taking Improvement Boards Digital: How Leading Companies are Improving Visual Management, or been reading our posts about the same, you would have heard the term “Kanban board” used. While it’s great to hear that KaiNexus software supports digital Kanban boards, it’s even better if you have a clear understanding what a Kanban board is, and how it can help you on your continuous improvement journey. Here’s the rundown:


What is Kanban?

We’ve written a longer primer on Kanban here, but the important thing to know is that it is a visual system for monitoring the flow of work from the start, as we build a backlog, move work into in-process (while hopefully limiting WIP), and completing this work.

Visualization works so well because our brains interpret visual information far faster than data or text. By reducing complex material down to visual components and putting them together, managers and staff can get an overview of the whole workflow system in seconds rather than the hours it might take to track down information in every area, work through it, and synthesize it down into conclusions that can be shared.

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