CAN DO New tools help introduce e-kanban into project management.
So how can you get in on the action? If you’re just starting
out and want to experiment with no money down, you can use
Post-it notes in columns on a wallboard or a whiteboard. Mount
it in a public area so your whole team can see what’s going
on. You can also make a budget-friendly virtual kanban using
“All you have to do is draw your taskboard and then just insert
an image of a Post-it note, insert a text box over the note, highlight
the note, enter task information, then join or group the card and the
deck. Then you can drag it anywhere you want,” Mr. Huether says.
“You can then share your virtual kanban with others.”
But for a serious kanban approach, two beefier online tools are
boasts a clean, user-friendly interface, with
a virtual kanban board,
customizable tags and
colors, and a performance metrics tracker.
LEANKIT KANBAN ( leankitkanban.com) has the
capability to produce multiple and nested value streams,
meaning sub-groups or teams can create modular value
streams specific to their needs but hidden from the main
>>For more on project management and kanban, check
out Bill Kreb’s post “Kanban Creates Buzz Among Agile
Crowd” on PMI’s Voices on Project Management blog.
However you use kanban, be aware that it’s just another project management tool that can be adopted in whole or in part.
Depending on your situation, you may find that you need an
additional planning tool—or that kanban isn’t quite right for you.
“Kanban is an adaptable, lightweight tool to visualize,
organize and complete work,” Mr. Huether says.
What’s suited for the run-and-gun style of software
development advocated by agile or scrum may not apply
in environments where multiple sets of stakeholders must
sign off on planning decisions, or where critical path
charting doesn’t need to be recalibrated on a moment-to-moment basis.
But those who do adopt kanban might just find things
flowing smoothly down the road. PM