Kanban is a Japanese word that translates into “signboard” or “billboard,” and is a tool developed in Lean manufacturing but applied to any process. It is a visual scheduling system that allows a team – for any process – to know what needs to be done, what is being done and what has been done.
Kanban can be applied to your personal life in many different ways. Using a simple display, teams are achieving significant results. According to Jim Benson, author of Personal Kanban, “People are able to stay well informed with only an occasional glance at the kanban. Standup meetings are more about effectiveness and Kaizen than status and acknowledgement.”
Recorded at: Lean Startup Seattle Meetup
About Jim Benson
Jim Benson is the co-author of the book Personal Kanban and creator of the technique. In 2007, Benson started his current company, Modus Cooperandi. As the name suggests, Benson believes that the successful completion of any project requires cooperation. To this end, he works with all elements of a project: the individual, the team, and the organization as a whole to ensure that communication and collaboration are sound.