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Virtue No. 5 of Kanban Column WIP Limits: Positive Teams

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Column WIP limits… … give you immediate signals conducive to […] positive team behavior. Teams are shaped and reinforced through common struggles. Positive team behavior will crystallize more and more each time a column WIP limit i...

Virtue No. 4 of Kanban Column WIP Limits: Habits of Reflection

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The breakage of column WIP limits… … instills the habit of discussing about the problems in the process. Because breaking of column WIP limits occurs very frequently, the team activities that happen become a habit — and most of the...

Virtue No. 3 of Kanban Column WIP Limits: Acting on Signals

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Column WIP limits provide… … disruptive signals about where problems are materializing More important than the signals themselves, is that the team learns the essential skill of how to look for, react on, and finally act upon the s...

Virtue No. 1 of Kanban Column WIP Limits: Open Discussions

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Column WIP limits… … are invaluable when starting out with Kanban, because they will prepare the team and the organization to have open discussions about problems that are revealed through the visualization of work on the Kanban boar...

Harm No. 13 of Kanban Column WIP Limits: Induced Instability

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Column WIP limits… … bring about system instability. This induced instability effectively disrupts the applicability of Little’s Law. It is ironic that limiting work in process is justified by the need of getting to a stable state...