Proposal: Kanban

This is not a duplicate of Project Management, though it overlaps in areas of process, human resource management, risk management, and value/portfolio management. The concepts of kanban are more closely tied to lean concepts made famous by Dr. Demming. Many of the sample questions below would be lost in the project management space as the kanban/Lean software and systems space ties much more to strategic products, programs and projects. I also assume the space would go deep on the lean techniques.

  • Are there any Kanban-related concepts that are off-topic on Project Management? Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 14:39
  • In the software enterprise - Project Management is concerned primarily with managing schedules and deliverables. Kanban is a software development process (adapted from manufacturing), a la Agile, Waterfall, and RUP. The concepts are orthogonal. Commented Mar 20, 2011 at 9:19
  • @Chuck, while managing schedules and deliverables might be the general purpose for which PM is applied, it isn't the only PM concern and Kanban is actually one tool for Project Managers to oversee how well progress is made to meet a schedule. Kanban is process-agnostic and isn't comparable to Agile, Waterfall or RUP. Kanban isn't itself a process, but a visibility and control tool for monitoring a process. Kanban can be used for temporary operations such as a project, or recurring operations such as production. In any case, it is a component of other activities and shouldn't be on its own. Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 2:20

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Based on the relative trajectory of the two sites, I believe it is wise to roll kanban and lean software development in general into the pm.stackexchange.com site. The kanban tag is growing and is not considered off-topic, and I intend to create a full tag wiki behind it afterwards.

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    I agree. Perhaps once you step back a bit, and look at how words are used rather than they are formally defined, I suppose Project Management isn't too bad an umbrella term for things like Kanban. I prefer it to "Software Development Process" anyway.
    – Kurt
    Commented Apr 29, 2011 at 16:29

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