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Visual time limit per lane

We would like to set a time limit per lane and have a visual signal if a card sits in lane too long. This is critical for monitoring Standard Work timings and allows us to 'pull the Andon cord' when work sits too long in a lane. We track phases of work in actual Value Stream phases (Prep,Deploy,Handoff) rather than Ready,Doing,Done. This allows us to see globally were every project is in the workflow.

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    Bors VesterbyBors Vesterby shared this idea  ·   ·  Admin →

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      • Bors VesterbyBors Vesterby commented  · 

        To be clear, our cards represent a unit of deployment like a network rack. The lanes are the phases of work in the value stream that the rack passes through on its way to final hand-off.

      • Bors VesterbyBors Vesterby commented  · 

        Due date is final due date. We need a per-lane due date (ideally a timer that counts down once the card enters the lane). Two core elements define a Lean Standard Work element. What to do, and how long this should take. When the work takes longer than expected you pull the Andon cord and look at why in real-time. The time-bound nature of Standard Work enables you to judge normal vs abnormal processing and thus you can identify barriers before they become blockers downstream. We are using Kanban to manage 100+ simultaneous projects that progress through 15 phases of work. At this scale we are not tracking at the task level, but at the phase of work level (basically milestones). Each individual phase of work needs to occur withing a specific time-frame. That's what we need to be able to see in real time. How long a card has been in a given lane.

        Thanks!

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