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Kanban in Action by Marcus Hammarberg and Joakim Sundén

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Chapter 5. Work in process

This chapter covers

  • Introducing the concept of work in process (WIP)
  • The effects of a lot of work in process
  • How to limit work in process

Work in process (WIP) is a phrase that you’ll hear a lot in the kanban community or when reading about Lean. WIP seems to be something that you don’t want or at least want as little of as possible, so you often hear kanban aficionados talking about “limiting” WIP.

This chapter will help you to understand what WIP is, what could happen if you allow a lot of WIP in your process, and, finally, some ways to help you to limit work in process.

5.1. Understanding work in process ...

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