Is it the latest dance of long-legged showgirls? Is it the war-cry of pro-censorship activists wanting prohibition for its own sake? Is it something to do with TikTok, cancel-culture, or new ways with ancient grains, AR, and coffee brewing?
No. No it is not.
Kanban is a visual work-management method applicable to any working process. The word itself is used in both Japanese and Chinese languages to mean ‘billboard’ or ‘signpost’, which gives a fairly clear sense of Kanban’s nature — signalling movement through a process, much like the ‘track’ feature on your Uber Eats account. With less deliciousness and more utility, #obvs.
What’s the Kanban method? Kanban boards for fun and profit
The Kanban method consists of a Kanban board marked out with a series of vertical columns, and cards (or tickets), which move in a ‘pull system’ horizontally, left to right, from one column to the next. Each card represents a piece of work or a task, and each column represents a stage of progress towards completion — at a minimum, Kanban boards have three columns: ‘to-do’, ‘doing’, and ‘done’.
If you use something like Trello, you’ll know what we’re blathering about here. If not, here’s a handy pic: