“Kanban” is the Japanese word for “card” or “board”. In this agile framework, the name says it all. By using process visualization on a Kanban board, you create an overview of the individual tasks, which you can then analyze and implement improvements. Assuming you reach the correct conclusions. Optimally, you shorten the cycle time, increase quality and manage dependencies effectively. Kanban has many parallels to Scrum but uses a somewhat relaxed organizational framework and doesn’t define how the development steps must be performed.
Kanban is a light-weight framework that requires little change within the company and can therefore be a good introduction to agile working for traditionally organized teams. Since the Kanban flow requires self-organization, the framework creates a cross-department developmental process at the same time.