What is a kanban
and what is it useful for?
The Kanban information system began in the 1950s on Toyota’s production lines, then moved to offices and became an important tool for project managers.
The endless flexibility of the practice and its ability to organize staff in self-organization have made it possible to achieve efficiency where other approaches have not worked. This is the case when the calling card of the system was the card itself – it has established itself as an internal currency in the organizations that have implemented the kanban.
Like the Lean concept, the Kanban system was developed by Toyota managers. The author of the system, Japanese engineer Taiichi Ono, was inspired by the principle of American supermarkets, where the buyer himself chose the right goods. The role of the “supermarket” in Toyota Corporation fulfilled the warehouse.