Many companies may have heard the term Kanban being used occasionally, but not everyone has a full grasp on what it actually is. Kanban is something which you need to know more about if you work in the business world, especially if you are a manager or senior executive who has several people or teams working under you.
Kanban was created all the way back in 1940 by Toyota, the Japanese car manufacturer, as a way to optimize their workflows just after the Second World War. As you can imagine, the raw materials required for the commercial production of automobiles was scarce, and Japanese companies were faced with the mammoth task of scaling up their production whilst only using the resources they needed. Waste could no longer be tolerated due to political and economic constraints.
Inefficiency exists in almost every line of business, but by taking proactive steps to eliminate it, including implementing systems such as the Kanban system, you can do a whole lot to reduce it to levels where it is no longer significant.
If you would like to learn more about how Kanban has valuable benefits for businesses, keep reading on.
It Eliminates Inefficiency
Or, at least it reduces inefficiency so much that it is no longer a problem. Inefficient business can be expensive, stressful and wastes your time. It prevents the important things being done and anything which does actually get done ends up not being done properly. Despite this, many management teams aren’t aware that inefficiencies exist or don’t know how to tackle them when they arise.
When there are a lot of people working on lots of different parts of a project, this can lead to inefficiency when communications break down and nobody knows what anybody else is doing or should be doing.
Kanban helps solve inefficiencies and improves output by providing a system which enables workers to visualize exactly what is going on. As humans, we respond far better to visual information than black and white text, and when everything is laid out in the Kanban style on a…