The Kanban Method

The Kanban Method is a set of principles and practices that are applied to an existing process.  The curriculum of every LeanKanban University Certified Kanban Training class is based on the Kanban Method and it is followed by all LKU Kanban Coaching Professionals.  The best way to get up to speed quickly on the Kanban Method for your specific workplace context is to attend a LeanKanban University Certified Kanban Training class.

Foundational Principles

Start with what you do now
Agree to pursue evolutionary change
Initially, respect current roles, responsibilities & job titles

Encourage acts of leadership at all levels

Core Practices

Limit WIP
Manage flow
Make policies explicit
Implement feedback loops
Improve collaboratively, evolve experimentally (using models and the scientific method)



David J Anderson first developed the Kanban Method for knowledge work and service work in 2005.  He combined elements of the work of W Edwards Deming, Eli Goldratt, Peter Drucker, and Taiichi Ohno.  Kanban incorporates concepts such as pull systems, queuing theory, and flow.

Over several years, Anderson distilled the method into a set of principles and practices.  These were evolved in collaboration with the wider Kanban community to create the Kanban Method as we know it today.