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Adriano Boaron, Author at Kanban Zone

About Adriano Boaron

Adriano Boaron is a research and development (R&D) scientific engineer with focus on manufacturing processes and a passion for research and content writing in this field. Over the last 12 years, he has planned, developed and coordinated applied scientific R&D projects both in industry and at research institutes in the field of machining processes, namely, in the grinding process and process monitoring. During this period, he had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with Project Management and Agile tools like Kanban method which he uses often in his professional projects and writes content as freelance professional. In his free time, he enjoys birdwatching and loves playing drums.

How the Theory of Constraints Can Help You Manage Work Better

Before getting into more details about the theory of constraints and how it can be used to support work management, let's firstly understand what constraint means. From a broad perspective, a constraint can be understood as a limiting factor that hinders the efficiency goal of a process in any field of work. For example, in the context of businesses and administration, constraints can be seen as any factor that hampers an organization to advance towards its strategic goals. In the field of manufacturing, constraints are often associated with process bottlenecks or even with equipment misuse and malfunctions. On the other hand, in the field of project management, constraints are usually regarded as time, scope and costs of a specific project. What is the Theory of Constraints? Now that the concept of constraints has been introduced, you might be wondering what is the idea behind the theory of constraints. Basically,

By |2022-08-23T01:29:57-07:00April 12th, 2022|Kaizen, Kanban, Kanban Board, Operations Management, Process Flow|

How to Optimize Workflow Efficiency without Team Overburden

The constant challenges that businesses are currently facing in order to stay competitive in their fields of work is getting huge over time and often putting enormous pressure on work teams. In this sense, it is crucial that project managers look at ways to achieve efficient workflows aiming at delivering high quality products or services to customers. Managing efficiently the process workflow is key to fast delivery and process predictability. Diverse methods are at disposal and can be used to support companies and project managers to achieve these demanding requirements. The Kanban method turns out to be one of such possible methods, and has been showing its importance in diverse industries over the years. Important metrics associated with the process workflow can be obtained by using the Kanban method, as for example, lead-time, cycle time, throughput, WIP, and others. One of the most relevant Kanban metrics is workflow efficiency

By |2022-05-25T23:00:46-07:00April 5th, 2022|Kanban, Operations Management, Process Flow|

How to Create a Continuous Learning Plan with Kanban

The never-ending push that companies and businesses in general currently face to stay competitive in their niches of work demands that organizations have the capacity for constant innovations, high flexibility and process adaptations. In order to accomplish these demanding requirements, it is vital that capable and well-trained staff is available at the right time when needed, especially in a constantly changing marketplace. This requires that organizations support the mindset of continuously learning, so that staff can regularly deepen their knowledge, get new ideas and skills. Now you must be wondering: What is continuous learning? How to create a continuous learning plan with Kanban method? What are the main benefits of using the Kanban method for the continuous learning plan? These are exactly the subjects of the following sections. What is Continuous Learning? As its own name suggests, continuous learning can be understood as the process of regularly learning new

By |2022-03-22T13:38:34-07:00March 22nd, 2022|Kanban, Kanban Board|

How to Jumpstart Your Enterprise Kanban Implementation

In the context of a highly dynamic and competitive work environment, companies and businesses are required to deliver services or products quickly and effectively in order to survive in their fields of work. To get work done correctly throughout daily activities, teams often need to apply diverse work methodologies, depending on the nature of the core business and strategic goals. One valuable work methodology available today that can help businesses better tackle potential challenges is the Kanban method. Being originally designed as a Lean Manufacturing tool, the Kanban method allows visual control and understanding of the process flow employed to deliver high quality products or services. Now you might be wondering how to jumpstart the Kanban implementation in your enterprise? That's exactly the focus of this article. How to Initiate Your Enterprise Kanban Implementation In order to implement Kanban in an enterprise, some important actions must be carefully considered

By |2022-03-10T22:53:23-07:00March 10th, 2022|Kanban, Kanban Board, Operations Management|

Service Level Expectation: Project Forecasting with Kanban

Nowadays, companies and businesses in many different fields of work constantly need to conduct projects aiming at achieving their organizational goals and strategic plans. From a wider perspective, projects can be understood as a temporary undertaken effort to produce an exclusive result, service or product to customers. In this sense, the term “temporary” means that all projects must have a clear time duration, that is, a well-defined start and end. In order to be considered successful, a project is often evaluated based on how well it meets its specific outcomes in terms of time, quality, scope and costs. Therefore, an important part of daily activities of project managers and team members consists of defining work expectations and updating forecasts of the project outcome. Making project forecasts about future outcomes is tough, especially because of future-related uncertainty. In this sense, probabilistic approaches turn out to be a good alternative when

By |2022-04-25T08:50:19-07:00March 2nd, 2022|Kanban, Kanban Board, Metrics, Process Flow|

Flow Efficiency: How to Measure it and Why You Should

In today's competitive work environment, companies often need to look at strategies for improving their processes aiming at delivering high quality products or services. Among the diverse methods available that help companies accomplish this goal, the Agile Kanban method has been used over the years in many different industries and fields of knowledge. Through the utilization of the Agile Kanban method, important metrics associated with the process under consideration can be evaluated as for example, lead time, cycle time, throughput, aged work items and many others. In this article, the focus is oriented towards one of the most relevant metrics which is possible to be obtained through the Agile Kanban method: the metric called flow efficiency. You will understand how to measure it, and why you should do it. The Flow Efficiency Metric The metric flow efficiency is a process indicator that shows the proportion between the value-added time

By |2022-02-01T14:01:15-07:00February 1st, 2022|Agile, Kaizen, Kanban, Kanban Board, Lean Thinking, Process Flow|

Set Realistic Work Expectations with Kanban

Over the course of the years, defining work expectations has always been an important part of day to day activities of project managers and project teams. Whether working in your own project or as part of a team, once starting a piece of work, you probably were asked by project's stakeholders or even by customers (either internal or external) about the classic question: when will the piece of work be done? In order to answer that question, you need to sincerely ask yourself and make forecasts about the future which everybody knows is certainly full of uncertainty. In many different fields (e.g. project management, manufacturing, etc.) it is often very difficult to answer the above question with 100% certainty due to usually many different factors impacting our response. Usually, commitments based on estimations are set when customers and project stakeholders ask about when they will receive a given service

Decipher the Patterns: Cycle Time Scatter Plot

The utilization of the Agile Kanban method allows the evaluation of important metrics associated with the process under consideration. Among the main metrics usually employed through the Kanban method, one of the most relevant metrics is the process cycle time, and with it comes the cycle time scatter plot. In the framework of Agile Kanban method, the metric cycle time permits teams to better understand their overall capability of delivering tasks in their projects, by controlling the start and finish times of the tasks. In this case, cycle time represents the amount of time the work team has spent working on a defined task. There are many different techniques and particular tools which can be used to analyze the metric cycle time, depending on the type of industry being considered. One of such a tool that finds huge applications is the scatter plot. What is a Scatter Plot? In

By |2021-11-30T13:59:26-07:00November 30th, 2021|Agile, Kanban, Kanban Board, Metrics|

3 Major Industries Where the Kanban Method Can be Used

In recent years, the application of Kanban in various industries has been receiving significant attention worldwide and the application of the method ranges from small companies even to large organizations in diverse fields. In this article, you will discover some industries where the Kanban method can be used. Before we show you some interesting practical cases, let's get a quick recap of the Kanban method and its general benefits. The term Kanban has a Japanese root meaning "signs" or "sign board". Originally designed as a Lean Manufacturing tool, it consists of a method for production scheduling based on a signaling board which allows and instructs the manufacture or removal of production items in a pulled system. In a more general view, which can also be extended to other areas of knowledge, the main functions of the Kanban method within a process are to allow visual control for the execution

By |2021-11-23T14:31:19-07:00November 23rd, 2021|Kanban, Lean Thinking, Project Management|

Why You Should Use Kanban for Performance Calibration

As a team manager, you should understand the importance of performance calibration. It is a key process that allows team managers come up with a standard process to properly measure the performance of their team. To do this successfully, it's important for team managers to have the right tools in place. These tools can include performance management and process planning software that help support better workflow visualization. For this, you might want to consider using Kanban for performance calibration. But before getting into more details regarding why you should use Kanban for performance calibration, let's quickly review what calibration means. From a metrological point of view, calibration consists of a set of procedures that establish, under definite conditions, the relationship between the indicated values by a measuring instrument (or measuring system) and the corresponding values ​​established by standards. In other words, the calibration process in essence can be understood

By |2021-11-16T14:00:57-07:00November 16th, 2021|Kanban, Kanban Board, Process Flow|