Top 3 metrics to keep track of progress in Kanban

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How likely is it that we will reach our goals? On-demand status access of ongoing work and projects is essential to be able to steer in the right direction. Kanban, a visual and collaborative task management tool, is gaining ground as the tool of choice for an increasing number of teams across various industries. Here are the essential top 3 Kanban metrics to keep team members and project managers up to date.

By visualizing work with the Kanban methodology, you will not only get an outstanding tool for team collaboration; as a project manager, you receive direct and intuitive information about the status of your project every time you review your team’s Kanban board. The current workflow status is immediately visible at a glance. This often covers most of the small team’s requirements, but if you are managing multiple projects or large-scale ventures, that is often not enough.

There are some obvious metrics to begin with and if you’re interested in and what is useful in your specific project, check out the webinar “Project Management with Kanban: From basics to metrics” on October 7th, hosted by Jason Morio. In his role as Segment Manager for Projectplace, he will guide you through how to start apply metrics to your current projects.

Here are our top three metrics to keep track of project progress, to further boost collaboration and project success in Kanban.

Metric 1: Burn down chart

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The essential metric for your project, displaying the number of tasks planned and the number of tasks completed within a specific board. It also displays work trends, and by providing information on when the work will be completed if the execution continues at the same pace.

Metric 2: Lead and cycle time chart

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Displays the average number of days a task is being worked on, depending on when the request is made or when work begins. It greatly helps you identify project bottlenecks and lets project managers follow up on the speed of project progress.

Metric 3: Cumulative flow chart

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By showing an aggregated view of the number of cards that are “planned”, “ongoing”, and “done”, Cumulative flow charts help you stay focused on your team’s efforts. You can identify potential challenges and bottlenecks, such as trouble getting started or finishing tasks.

 

 

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