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Intro to Kanban in Under 5 Minutes (What is Kanban, Learn Kanban)

August 12, 2019

Hi, I’m Angelo Coppola with Axosoft. You’ve probably seen our video,
Scrum in Under 10 Minutes, which is the world’s most popular video about
the Scrum methodology. Many viewers have written us requesting that
we talk about another software development system, Kanban. Kanban is a fantastic way to get things done,
and it also works great in conjunction with Scrum, if that’s the way you want to do it. A Kanban is a lean scheduling system,
developed in Japan by the Toyota Motor Corporation.
A Kanban system utilizes visual cues that tell you what to produce,
how much to produce, and when to produce it.
A typical sushi menu like this is a great example of a Kanban.
Customers indicate which items they would like to have right then
and how many of each. It’s simple and efficient… like these…
Maybe this is why your favorite sushi restaurant always seems to get your order right!
When adapted to software development, Kanban systems usually start with a board
and visual cards that represent items in your product backlog. On the board, you place the cards into columns that represent their current step in the workflow,
ranging from “New” to “Complete”. The steps in-between are entirely up to you,
so keep it simple and efficient. The visual nature of the board makes it easy
to find out: what’s already been done, what’s in progress, and what’s going to be started next. So long as your team keeps finishing work, those cards keep moving to the right, like this… and most importantly, you keep delivering features to your customers. To help ensure items are being completed at
a steady pace, Kanban imposes limits on the number of items
that can live in any one workflow step at any given time. These are called Work in Progress, or WIP Limits. They should be set so that the work flows
as smoothly and consistently as possible. If your team runs into a problem,
these limits will bring it to light very quickly by creating a visible bottleneck. This allows the entire team to “swarm” on
the problem, and that’s just another way of saying “collaborate”. Limiting the amount of work that’s in progress
means that you’ve got to finish some of the things on your plate before you can start on additional items. WIP limits help you: keep work flowing, save time by eliminating too much task switching, and complete tasks. Kanban is fantastic in it’s own right
and on many projects may be all that you need, but I’ve found that when paired with a good
Scrum framework and a great Scrum tool, Kanban really shines. Scrum provides the structure for organizing
feedback, short-term planning, stack ranking,
an inspect-and-adapt mindset, and other organizational improvements; While Kanban provides a steady flow of tasks
that reach 100% completion by helping your team manage day-to-day development with
a minimum of overhead and blocking issues. So there you have it, Kanban for Software Development. You can get started on Kanban and Scrum
with a Free 30-day Trial of OnTime Scrum. It is a feature-packed, blazingly
fast way to manage your software projects. With OnTime Scrum, you can visualize your product backlog
as cards and rank their importance. You can also organize items by developer. Imagine the peace of mind you’ll get
from this view of your project… knowing who’s working on what and when it will be done. Not only that, but with customizable dashboards, you can see burndown charts, graphs,
and projected shipping dates. This kind of project visibility inspires confidence.
Get started for Free at And if you have any questions, you can always
reach us at [email protected] [Music ends] When it comes to bottlenecks, I’ve got my own secret weapon f
or making sure that things get done on-time. Thanks Kanbot!

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  • Reply Rommel Rico May 21, 2013 at 3:21 am

    How do I buy the Kanbot? I'm throwing money at the screen and nothing happens.

  • Reply Some Guy August 10, 2013 at 7:44 am

    This is so awesome! I had a system similar to this. it was just notepads no my old note book. I had it as my third monitor and used it for this very purpose. Got the idea from watching a video about VALVE. They use the same system with there game development team. But I may buy this program due to its extreme awesomeness because this looks way more proficient.

  • Reply Mindy S. September 16, 2013 at 8:09 am

    this seems overly simplistic. It does not show dependencies of tasks.

  • Reply max gonchar September 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    tell me the name of the music, pleasee!

  • Reply rymsha20114 September 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    The main song is called "Good Times Ahead" by Adamcaptured; and the track during the Kanbot section is called "Rising Hope" by piccadillyCircus.

  • Reply max gonchar September 23, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    thank you very much)

  • Reply Anniiket Pandit September 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Can you please elaborate?

  • Reply oiypidoypi September 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Its so relaxing!

  • Reply Leandro Freitas October 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    hello my friend, I'm from Brazil and I enjoyed your video'm very happy to work with Scrum and Kanban

  • Reply George Orwell October 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    what do you use to make such a video?

  • Reply Hndren Ghaderi October 31, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Hey, I really enjoyed this video! For the first time, after 2 years of software engineering studies im actually looking forward to get involved with more of Kanban and Scrum.

    However, I think you kinda forgot to explain how Kanban is representing Scrum's "Sprint" idea….I guess it's something like daily work or something like that, right?

    Say hello to Kanbot from me

  • Reply Hans Müller December 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Kanban > Scrumban

  • Reply Kristian Gonzalez January 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Loved it!  thank you…installing Kanban on a VM today

  • Reply Nikolay Shatalov January 16, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    it looks great!

  • Reply Willie Chieukam January 26, 2014 at 10:39 am


  • Reply Roman R February 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Does anyone know what software is used to create such a video?

  • Reply Ryan Connolly February 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Great video, thanks!

  • Reply dipen lama March 13, 2014 at 7:26 am

    scrum explained so simply!! product backlog, sprint and release!!! really interesting concept

  • Reply E Kahraman April 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I found this amazing FREE #kanban tool, highly recommended:   

  • Reply Hundal April 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Incredibly simple and impressive explanation of Kanban :)..Awesome Video.

  • Reply Ishaq Alriyami April 19, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Thank you. Amazing video, easy way to understand the system 

  • Reply Andres Gonzalez April 28, 2014 at 1:04 am

    You have made my day with the Kanbot. Amazing video

  • Reply Matt G May 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    This is great! Thank you for making blocks and blocks of text simplified.

  • Reply Michael Karamanolis May 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I like your kung fu man

  • Reply Shenghua He May 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Really good video for introducing Kanban! 

  • Reply Arielle Hurst June 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Axosoft Scrum, the maker of this video, also has a Kanban board that's easy to set up! Feel free to check it out here:

  • Reply Adriana Gomez June 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Excellent ! 

  • Reply Hiruna Dissanayake July 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Really useful video

  • Reply Suresh Kumar July 31, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Wonderful introduction to Kanban. Thanks.

  • Reply Rasoul Baghban September 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    is that easy to deploy within waterfall method, too? 

  • Reply Jessica Hunt October 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I really like the video. I am taking a manufacturing class and I need something to do a presentation. Can I possibly use this video? I wanted to get permission before I did.

  • Reply Will Ster October 16, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    For writing code, Kanban and Scrum are horrible methodologies. Waterfall works best. Believe me all of the new and great frontiers of the web (Twitter, Facebook, Ebay, Tumbler) were not written using any of those methodologies. All it takes is a developer with the desire to create a product. Introducing methodologies that are geared twords the factory or construction industry does not carry well over to the software development process.

  • Reply Jee Christiansen October 16, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I tried to deploy Kanbot as well. The outcome was the same as yours, but moving the items to testing without the work did not go over well.

    Thanks for the ideas tho!

  • Reply AJ Rambo November 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

    if i got an A+ in my manufacturing system subject, i`ll treat you a mcdonald cheeseburger.

  • Reply ame2711 December 15, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Good presentation by author. …Thanks for the video.

  • Reply Andres Cortes March 4, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Your videos are fantastic, but it would be good to have subtitles in Spanish.

  • Reply Mohammed Imran March 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm


  • Reply Marxorz April 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    The fist bump was a nice touch!

  • Reply Mohamed Idhrees April 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    crisp and clear..thank  you !

  • Reply Aileen Kelly May 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Hi, This was very helpful. Would you share with me the software you used to create this video please?

  • Reply David Perez June 8, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    It would be great to see other people's take on reporting while using Kanban. I am doing it right know, but I feel that if the tool used doesn't have a strong reporting suite, it might be a manual process of counting every card done or card per user done….

  • Reply Marta Wiktoria Bryll September 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Sushi! Very cool video. I am a big fan of the kanban method, and sushi as well 🙂 The video is super informative, a perfect introduction to Kanban together with the articles on http:/

  • Reply amolgupta_co_in September 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

    The kind of Kanban shown here is like a dashbaord that most of the processes use in most basic organisations. would be great if you can highlight the additional value add of kanban ?

  • Reply Jelena Iljina September 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Good intro. Thanks

  • Reply fuu September 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Great video but please don't block cards by total number of any given column!
    We are people and deal with real problems, maybe a visual indicator of warning is good but sometimes shit may happen and you have to stack items where they belong.

    A huge column is already an indicator of something smelly in the workflow.

  • Reply Matthew Wall October 15, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    In Jira, Epics, User Stories, and Tasks are all on the Kanban board in the Backlog column. If I move user story to "In Progress" and that user story belongs to an epic, does that also mean the epic is now "In Progress"? How come I can move a user story to "In Progress" without moving the tasks associated with that user story over? How can a user story be "In Progress" if the associated tasks are still in the backlog. I'm so confused. I've been googling for hours and I can't figure out how this works.

  • Reply Wei Zhao November 30, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Hi, it's a great video, informative and easy to understand. Wondering how to make it, any procedure/software hints? Thanks!!!

  • Reply Valentino December 5, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Nice video. Can someone tell me what's the name of the program they used to make such a video?

  • Reply Adventure Prime December 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Hi its a very nice video for thanks you r share this

  • Reply Nitin Chatterjee April 26, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you, useful !

  • Reply Alissa Hackett June 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Great video, simple, full of necessary information 🙂 It reminds me of but still you win in terms of sound and time 😉

  • Reply Cheng Jonathan July 11, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    love it

  • Reply Pravin Hanpude October 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    great video

  • Reply Lorraine Liu October 23, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    So helpful!

  • Reply Dean November 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Are you able to schedule the same workflow month after month without having to re-create the cards?

  • Reply Akhilesh Mohan January 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    loved the ending…how did you make this video? What software did you use?

  • Reply Buy Luxurious January 19, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I would recommend you to make such a video based on TRIZ algorithm metodology, which can beat Kanban or Scrum algorithm in any category, whether it is software or hardware development methodology.

  • Reply Ana Jimenez January 22, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Excellent visual explanation easy to remember! Many thanks!

  • Reply Vivek Srivastava February 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Really awesome

  • Reply Barry Lyndon February 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    This was useful even for a slow learner in the logistics industry, i.e. me

  • Reply Wokkelp March 21, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Yes! thank you!

  • Reply Shrekt'D April 1, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Why can't school and university just give us videos to watch like these, makes life 100000000 times easier, now I understand thanks.

  • Reply nisa Soomro April 5, 2017 at 9:35 am

    amazing and effective tutorial, very easy to understand. Which tool are you using for making these videos?

  • Reply Cristiana Weschenfelder April 5, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Love it!!! Easy peasy!

  • Reply mangerlentement July 27, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    "get started with a free 30 days trial"
    …or just put sticky notes on a whiteboard, like a normal person.

  • Reply Lebone Mokae August 11, 2017 at 9:29 am

    This is such an amazing video!

  • Reply Aliu Adepoju September 9, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Very nice intro

  • Reply Morten October 14, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    So Kanban is basically Scrum but for small teams without the Scrum overhead of sprints and meetings?

  • Reply simplify8 November 22, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Hmm, this is not exactly KANBAN – more like KANPLAN…

  • Reply Ishanka Madushan December 18, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Amazing video,Thanks a lot & got idea about KANBAN

  • Reply MARGADARSHAKK786 December 20, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    thanks axosoft please provoide some video in project management software

  • Reply khairina hussin February 23, 2018 at 3:23 am

    The best kanban video introduction i’ve ever watched! BIG THANK YOU!!!

  • Reply Joe Ferreira April 10, 2018 at 8:32 am


  • Reply Jamie Edwards April 14, 2018 at 3:35 am

    Why is it pronounced konbon? Should not the a sounds be the same as the a sound of cat?

  • Reply R H April 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    The sushi example saved my life

  • Reply Dzmitry K April 25, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Thanks! There is also a software for this called Pivotal Tracker. It's UI even looks similar to your table 1:14. I'm using it for an internship project.

  • Reply esjihn May 17, 2018 at 12:16 am

    KANBAN BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Reply Anumati May 29, 2018 at 11:33 am

    This was absolutely helpful, and I love the video… except this ukulele disgusting music. I hope one day this will stop to be popular for videos …. and whatever.

  • Reply Δημήτριος Πεχλιβάνης June 17, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Trello is a great tool for this purpose!

  • Reply p perez June 29, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Things where still to complicated for the management so now we are getting near kid games where you need to stick color papers on a board.

  • Reply Grant Carter-Brown August 16, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I spent 10 years in electronics manufacturing understanding kanban as a system of "kanban this" or "kanban that" to us kanban is bit of software. I wish management had told us about how it works in the big picture. I'd really like (I hope you're listening management folks) if every new employee should be given an overview of what it is and how it works.

  • Reply Gor Fion August 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Great work with this video. If someone will need free online table for scrum and kanban i recommend

  • Reply Umair Anwar August 24, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    your videos are great. Could you please guide what tools you use for video creation?

  • Reply Jennifer Wheeler September 14, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Fab, thanks so much. 🙂

  • Reply Brian Phillips November 26, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Great video – thanks

  • Reply Mehul Vora December 27, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    This background music is really annoying …..

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  • Reply Arief Syahrizal March 27, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Thank u very much. This video is legit helps me to understanding the kanban. so.. thank u very much

  • Reply Rubens April 13, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Do I have to have a beard, wear glasses and drink soja latte to use Kanban? please help

  • Reply Sina June 4, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Short and effective. Awesome. Thanks a lot!

  • Reply SufferingAddict June 19, 2019 at 1:27 am

    here is a crazy idea:
    software developers aren't factory workers or waiters and shouldn't be forced to work like that!
    Scrum/Kanban is great for getting work done that you should probably outsource to India anyway.

  • Reply lSoulStrikenl June 23, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Who the fuck eats a carrot and avocado sushi rolls?

  • Reply TheKeule33 July 10, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Drop the stupid background music, please

  • Reply Badr Asiri July 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    music too loud!

  • Reply O Smith July 31, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you!

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