Too much work in progress—or WIP—can sabotage your ability to deliver work on time. Learn how to use Kanban to unmask hidden work and optimize your workflow
How Kanban Enables Speed
A common theme in workplaces today seems to be “crazy is the new normal.” Unfortunately, most teams and organizations don’t thrive in chaos -- they need help to create a rapid, sustainable pace of delivering quality products and services. Lean principles and tools, like Kanban, help organizations realize this goal through a continual focus on optimizing the flow of value from ideation all the way through delivery to the customer. One way to keep this focus top of mind is through your daily Kanban standup. Try asking these three questions in your next Kanban standup to keep speed a priority on your team.
What do you do when urgent work constantly interrupts planned project work? Time after time, you put down the project work so you can put out the fire. But then what happens to the prioritized work? It gets delayed. With the unpredictable nature of IT Operations work, it can feel impossible to hit deadlines for prioritized work -- which creates mountains of technical debt that add even more pressure. This creates an environment that is bad for morale and ultimately, unsustainable for keeping talented employees.
To balance prioritized and unplanned work, IT Operations needs a way to visually manage everything in one place -- to keep the entire team aligned while keeping work moving at a controlled, sustainable pace. Kanban helps IT Operations teams do exactly this. Read on to learn how IT Operations teams can use Kanban to improve predictability, helping them meet and exceed deadlines for important, prioritized work.