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Agile Project Management with Kanban by Eric Brechner

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Chapter 3. Hitting deadlines

Kanban’s simple approach to delivering value to your customers efficiently and with high quality also provides the predictable scheduling and staffing data you need to deliver that value on time and on budget.

Kanban provides predictability through constraining work in progress (WIP)—the same technique it uses to control chaos. As I describe in Chapter 2, “Kanban quick-start guide,” thoughtfully limiting WIP allows your team to respond quickly to changes and prevents issues from festering, all while making your delivery of value to customers smooth, continuous, and efficient.

Limiting WIP also constrains your team’s size (your costs) and reduces your cycle time (the time for a planned work item to go from specification ...

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