Why is "limiting Work In Progress" the cornerstone of Kanban?



  • I have been studying the Kanban documentation http://www.everydaykanban.com/what-is-kanban/ and I stumbled upon the "Limiting Work-in-Progress" practice.

    It is said in this paragraph that "Limiting WIP is the cornerstone of Kanban", but I do not understand why.



  • Limiting work in progress is a cornerstone of Kanban because:

    • It helps to emphasise that Kanban is a 'pull' process
    • It is often a very effective way to improve the throughput of work for a team
    • It is simple and easy to implement
    • It combines well with another feature of Kanban: visualisation of a process using a Kanban board


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