Harm No. 8 of Kanban Column WIP Limits: Local Optimization

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Column WIP limits…

… are effectively local optimizations. Instead of being concerned about how work flows through the entire system, team members working in specific columns become concerned about finding the “appropriate” WIP limit for their column.

Focus should be on setting a WIP limit for the entire system in order to favour flow without damaging throughput.

Quoted from: Tame the Flow.

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