Logistics Essay

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What is Kanban? Kanban is way for teams and organizations to visualize their work, identify and eliminate bottlenecks and achieve dramatic operational improvements in terms of throughput and quality! Kanban is a method to gradually improve whatever you do – whether software development, IT/ Ops, Staffing, Recruitment, Marketing and Sales, Procurement – in fact, almost any business function can benefit from applying Kanban to bring about significant benefits such as reduced lead time, increased throughput and much higher quality of products or services delivered! Kanban, also spelt kamban, is a Japanese term for “signboard” or “Billboard” that indicates “available capacity (to work)”. Kanban is a concept related to lean and just-in-time (JIT) production. Kanban is a scheduling system that tells you what to produce, when to produce it, and how much to produce. Between the 1940s and 50s, Taiichi Ohno of Toyota applied the Kanban logic in their Toyota Production System (TPS) to support non-centralized “pull” production control. In the post depression era of 1970s, Kanban was popularized in the manufacturing industry as a tool for Lean Manufacturing. Of late, many thought-leaders in various industries have found its applicability beyond the manufacturing industry as well. In simplified terms, Kanban is a visual system for managing work moving through a process - the “value stream”. It is a system for visualizing work, reducing waste by limiting work in-progress, and maximizing customer value. Due to its affiliation with Agile development, Kanban has become a popular tool for software development teams. Kanban is different from other project management methodologies such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP) or the Waterfall approach in that it does not use time-boxed iterations. A time-boxed iteration is a set period of time in which a project phase must be

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