Harm No. 11 of Kanban Column WIP Limits: Moving Constraint Syndrome

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Column WIP limits…

… bring about the moving constraint syndrome. Chasing the breaking WIP limits becomes a “Whac-a-Mole Hysteric Hysteresis” game.

When “constraints” (that is, bottlenecks) are constantly moving in the system, it is a sure sign that the real constraint is not known; and above all, the real constraint is not managed.

Learn to identify and manage the real constraint.

Quoted from: Tame the Flow.

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