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Visual explanation of Kanban terms

David Lowe has produced a very nice video to explain commonly used terms in Kanban in his blog post, Kanban Terminology. Here it is:

The post provides one set of definitions for Lead Time, Cycle Time, Throughput and Takt Time, using commonly applied definitions. The video is helpful and neatly done so I recommend it. However I do have some observations...

Now some of you may remember I said I was resigning as the self-appointed conscience of users of Kanban terminology. People can use whatever terms they like, provided they provide a brief explanation of which definition of a term they happen to be using. In which case, why on earth am I writing this blog to comment on David's excellent video?

(Should I stop now? Ah well, I've started now, so...)

The first point is that the confusion arising over definitions of the term Cycle Time is not a Kanban-specific issue. There are two distinct definitions of what Cycle Time is in the literature of manufacturing. To disambiguate the 2 d…

Shortest Possible Definition of Kanban... and why it matters for scaling

If you missed the Lean Kanban UK conference last week (you missed a treat!), there are two things you can do: Don't miss it next yearCatch up on some of the really excellent presentations, many of which are available on slide sharing sites These are my slides (above), but also check out those from Mike Burrows on "Kanban through its values", HÃ¥kan Forss on "The Red Brick Cancer", Pavel Brodzinski on "Fixing Portfolio Management, Dimitar Bakardzhiev on "Project Planning using Little’s Law", Troy Magennis on "Cycle Time Forecasting" and many others. The hashtag #lkuk13 is a good starting point for a search.
Really - don't miss next year!