A kanban-based workflow management system

Wekan lets self-organzing teams manage a project’s workflow by tracking task ownership and progress visually.

Kanban, the Japanese word for signboard, is a workflow management system for organizing and tracking work. Kanban boards show team members the status of each task at any given time, including ownership and task order, with the aim of limiting the number of tasks “in progress” at any given time.

First developed in the 1980s to improve the efficiency of Toyota’s assembly lines [1], kanban has proven its usefulness as a general-purpose organization tool. Today, people use kanban for everything from simple personal to-do lists to coordinating teams that produce complex goods or services.

The original kanban boards were physical boards attached to factory or office walls. While many people still use physical kanban boards (even if it’s just on paper), a variety of kanban board software tools exist (see also the “Scrum vs. Kanban” box). Before using any type of kanban system, I recommend reading why some people still choose physical kanban boards [3].

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