Overview & Key Terms


Kanban is a popular framework used in development workflows. It requires real-time communication of capacity and full transparency of work. Work items are represented visually on a kanban board, allowing team members to see the state of every piece of work at any time.

Visual Signals

Kanban uses visual cards, labels, etc. to help teammates and stakeholders quickly understand what the team is working on.

Work-in-Progress (WIP) Limits

WIP limits are the maximum number of cards that can be in one column.  When a column is “maxed-out” the team will work diligently on those cards to move them forward before new cards can be moved into that stage of the pipeline.  To set the WIP, start with the number of teammates x 2, and adjust as needed.

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