Proposal: Kanban

Suggest broadening this (currently very narrow) proposal to Lean or even Process Improvement to broaden the potential audience and hence increase the chance of success of this site.

(I seem to remember there being a lean proposal in the past, but I can't find it. Perhaps it was deleted.)


I agree that Kanban is too narrow and Lean is a bit too wide. However, I am much closer to the lean end of the continuum.

I love Don Reinertsen's Principles of Product Development Flow. It covered a large part of Lean, but is very focused on the queueing part of lean that is associated with R&D organizations. He makes a big point in this book about why the dynamics in the application of lean in R&D is so different than the application in Manufacturing. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Lean.org covers R&D, Manufacturing, Health Care and Service industries.

Some sub-ideas could be:

  • Lean R&D
  • Lean Product Development
  • Lean Software & Systems

I look at the success of programming.stackexchange with a wide scope and great tags. I really feel like Lean.stackexchange could work would work better than any of the ideas in the list above.


The problem with that for me is that it might be too wide a definition. I would see this stack exchange as a place to discuss operating a Kanban system (as currently best defined by David Anderson's book), and while that encompasses Lean principles, process improvement, etc, it's certainly a complex enough subject in itself.

Therefore the help posted here may get diluted.

  • @Simon - you can use tags to discuss certain topics within the main area. Best example is Stack Overflow with tags like Java, C++, etc. Mar 15 '11 at 10:21
  • @Wikis Sure. Unfortunately my account doesn't reflect it as I registered previously under my gmail account not my own, but I do use Stack Overflow quite often so I understand how it works. It's more that my feeling is the change you're suggesting may be contrary to the vision of the proposal.
    – Simon Kirk
    Mar 15 '11 at 16:29
  • @Simon - OK so you are one of the followers / founder under a different name? If that is the case, let me know and I will accept your answer. And then I would add: it's your party - if that works best for you then leave it as it is. It was just a suggestion and I don't know as much about it as you. If it doesn't take off then you can always reconsider this suggestion. Good luck with your proposal! Mar 15 '11 at 18:13
  • @Wikis Surely not, no, I'm just trying to have a conversation about it :( Perhaps if the definition of what a "Kanban (sic) system" was expanded as part of the proposal description that might help clarify my thinking?
    – Simon Kirk
    Mar 17 '11 at 0:55

I think Kanban is okay for a proposal to discuss. Although it looks like a narrow topic, but indeed there are many details can be discussed and practice experiences can be shared.

Lean is too wide to include in one proposal.

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