What kanban can do
Like kaizen before it, kanban is a concept colonizing the project management landscape. This process management tool was first introduced as an integral part of the lean manufacturing production paradigm introduced in the early 1950s. This article discusses how the kanban template is being adapted for project management, particularly in software development. Kanban originally used laminated cards to communicate demand upwards through the supply chain. Now, tasks on Post-it notes (real or virtual) are the new kanban cards, which move back and forth across the designated columns representing stages of completion. The most important items--the tasks that need to be done just in time--get bumped to the top of the list. In addition, the article recommends two online tools for the kanban approach.