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Beginner’s Guide to Kanban Project Management

Kanban project management is an Agile framework used to visualize and improve workflows, reduce waste and inefficiency, and increase team focus by limiting work in progress. First developed by Toyota engineer Taiichi Ohno in the 1940s, Kanban comes from the Japanese word for “sign” or “visual board.” 

While Kanban has its origins in lean manufacturing, the framework has been widely adopted by IT, service delivery, project management, and operations teams across industries. 

Unlike Scrum, Kanban is not based around sprints, ceremonies, and roles. Instead, Kanban is flexible and adapts to existing roles and team structures by categorizing tasks on a Kanban board according to what production phase they are in (To-Do, In Progress, and Complete). 

In this Kanban guide, we’ll cover the principles and fundamentals of Kanban project management and how to use tools like a Kanban card and board for effective task management. In our FAQ sections, we’ll also cover topics like Kanban replenishment, Kanban in SaFe, and how to run a Kanban team.

Finally, look out for our Kanban glossary — a comprehensive overview of key terms and concepts for Kanban teams to know. 

Discover the benefits of Kanban task management and how to leverage this Agile framework for better delivery, production, and project management.

What's in the Kanban Guide?

What Is Kanban? The Ultimate Guide to Kanban MethodologyWhat Is Kanban? The Ultimate Guide to Kanban Methodology

What Is Kanban? The Ultimate Guide to Kanban Methodology

The Core Kanban Principles and PracticesThe Core Kanban Principles and Practices

The Core Kanban Principles and Practices

What Is a Kanban Board? Features and FundamentalsWhat Is a Kanban Board? Features and Fundamentals

What Is a Kanban Board? Features and Fundamentals

Everything You Need to Know About Kanban CardsEverything You Need to Know About Kanban Cards

Everything You Need to Know About Kanban Cards

Ultimate List of Kanban Tools and SoftwareUltimate List of Kanban Tools and Software

Ultimate List of Kanban Tools and Software

Practical Kanban Templates and ExamplesPractical Kanban Templates and Examples

Practical Kanban Templates and Examples

The Complete Guide to Personal KanbanThe Complete Guide to Personal Kanban

The Complete Guide to Personal Kanban

Kanban WIP - Work In Progress Limits ExplainedKanban WIP - Work In Progress Limits Explained

Kanban WIP - Work In Progress Limits Explained

What Is a Kanban Retrospective Meeting?What Is a Kanban Retrospective Meeting?

What Is a Kanban Retrospective Meeting?

Kanban vs. Scrum Comparison GuideKanban vs. Scrum Comparison Guide

Kanban vs. Scrum Comparison Guide

Glossary of Kanban Project Management TermsGlossary of Kanban Project Management Terms

Glossary of Kanban Project Management Terms

FAQsFAQs

FAQs