Project management can be approached using many different methodologies and tools. Still, if you are seeking to visualize a project while continuously improving during the project, then Kanban is the ideal choice. Let us explain…

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The benefits of using Kanban for project management

Here are a few examples of standard practices used in Kanban that can help you avoid common project management mistakes: breaking down projects into smaller tasks, clearly prioritizing these tasks, focusing on reviewing and improving your process, etc.

Ultimately, using Kanban will provide insights from the world of Lean Thinking to introduce new ways of improving how to deliver projects more efficiently. Below are the Top 5 benefits of Kanban for project management.

  1. Visibility and Transparency for Better Workflow Management
  2. Flexibility and Responsiveness
  3. Shortened Cycle Times = Increased Output
  4. Resource Allocation and Budget and Waste Reduction
  5. Continuous Improvement and Delivery

There are many more reasons why you should use a Kanban board. At a minimum, it can help keep project tasks organized visually. We also strongly believe that when a team can focus on seeing everything needed on a single Kanban board, it can naturally improve team collaboration and communication.

Ultimately, leveraging the Kanban method for project management will make the journey as important as the destination. It will promote the spirit of Kaizen to improve every aspect of project management continuously. This mindset will have the ultimate benefit of increasing efficiency.

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Applying the 4 Kanban principles to project management

Kanban provides these 4 principles listed below that can easily be applied to the art of project management.

  1. Start with what you’re doing now
  2. Agree to pursue incremental, evolutionary change
  3. Respect the current process, roles, responsibilities, and titles
  4. Encourage acts of leadership at all levels

In essence, applying these Kanban principles to project management is not intrusive and will not cause any radical changes to how you deliver projects. Half of these principles are about not “rocking the boat” by continuing to work the way you do now and respecting everything in place. Although this might sound like a status