Kanban is a project management approach for nearly any step-by-step process to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and help a business improve.
Although Kanban was developed in the 1940s and 1950s to boost manufacturing efficiency at Toyota factories in Japan, the system has been adapted to many industries, including software development, publishing, and retail.
Kanban is particularly effective for continuous delivery workflows, such as content marketing and inventory management, since it can “pull” work through a process.
Optimizing manufacturing output sounds like a good idea until you realize that not all auto parts have the same level of complexity or require the same amount of time to make.
How was it that whenever you walked into the local market the store seemed to be stocked?
In Japan, perhaps, you were always able to find rice, seaweed paper, and fish.