Eliminate Waste and Continuously Improve with Lean Manufacturing

How Lean Kanban Makes the “Digital” Promise a Reality

Leveraging work visualization to unlock greater workflow efficiency in manufacturing
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Discover how LeanKit’s board configurability and Lean metrics can help you and your team gain complete visibility into your processes, identify bottlenecks, and optimize engineering and production processes.

Without Kanban providing complete visibility into the processes of all teams, work can easily be derailed, causing delays in time to market and decreased ROI for the business.

Kanban uses physical or digital boards to represent an organization’s unique process allowing them to visualize all their work. With the ability to breakdown work into tasks, teams are empowered to self-organize and distribute work to create transparency across the business.

By breaking production and engineering plans into actionable tasks through a visual and highly customizable system, manufacturers can:

  • Reduce their cycle time
  • Improve predictability of delivery
  • Increase time to market while ensuring quality

Historically, manufacturers have dealt with the headaches of process waste and bottlenecks daily, while still facing the challenge to deliver quality outcomes.

In order to eliminate waste, Toyota developed their own system called the Toyota Production System, or TPS. This system was a mixture of visual cues and guiding principles designed to increase efficiency.

Since implementation in the 1940s, Toyota has become one of the most successful manufacturers and the TPS is regarded as the basis for both Lean thinking and Lean manufacturing practices. Still, it wasn’t until the end of the 20th century that other manufacturers began to understand the core principles and how to truly implement Lean.

To get started, many teams leverage Just in Time manufacturing and Kanban boards to better manage and visualize their processes. This allows teams to move from a traditional schedule-based approach to a pull system, meaning that teams pull in production through their process as customers are asking for it. Kanban provides a visual method to control this type of production.

By leveraging Kanban, manufacturers are able to:

  • Create visibility into their work and productivity
  • Highlight inefficiencies across siloed manufacturing plants
  • Continuously improve their production processes over time

Whether you are new to Kanban or looking to improve your Lean practice, below you will find resources to help you on your journey to better managing your production processes.