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Kanban in Action by Marcus Hammarberg and Joakim Sundén

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Chapter 7. Managing flow

This chapter covers

  • What continuous flow is and why you want it
  • Eliminating waste to achieve flow
  • Managing flow with kanban
  • Using daily standups to help the work flow
  • Choosing what to work on next
  • Managing bottlenecks using the Theory of Constraints

Flow, or rather one-piece continuous flow, has been the cornerstone in Toyota’s[1] production vision for decades. A one-piece continuous flow is a system in which each part of work that creates value for the customer moves from one value-adding step in the process directly to the next, and so on until it reaches the customer, without any waiting time or batching between those steps. Instead of building up inventories just in case, things are produced only when needed, ...

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