COVID-19 Means Death of Kanban Cards According to Industrial Journalist TR Cutler

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COVID-19 Means Death of Kanban Cards According to Industrial Journalist TR Cutler

July 01
08:00 2020
COVID-19 Means Death of Kanban Cards According to Industrial Journalist TR Cutler

Industrial journalist, TR Cutler discussed how COVID-19 has rendered the manual Kanban card system obsolete in the recent issue of Manufacturing Outlook ezine. According to Cutler, demonstrating agility in this new remote working environment is central to achieving success in the rapidly changing pandemic supply chain. Read the full article here

A Kanban card is a visual representation of a work item. Translated from Japanese, it literally means visual (kan) card (ban). It is a core element of the Kanban system as it represents work that has been requested or is already in progress. 

Transparency to data and metrics is central to supply-chain processes. Paper-based Kanban processes do not offer reports and analytics, both during COVID-19 nor in a return to work safely process. Kanban leaders have been using spreadsheets to make initial calculations and ongoing changes for decades. There is not a possibility of scaling this process with tens of thousands of parts and suppliers and when key decision makers are working remotely. 

Kanban is not dead; the cards requiring manual touches is inefficient and perhaps dangerous. Besides planning and tracking the strategic initiatives, programs, and projects digital or e-Kanban (electronic Kanban) helps manufacturers deal with specific functionality at the organizational level. 

Cutler is going to profile some of the leading electronic Kanban, agile, scrum providers throughout 2020. 

About TR Cutler, Inc. 

Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 21-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium. Cutler is featuring African American manufacturers in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Learn more here

During COVID-19 Cutler is advising manufacturers, industrial leaders, supply chain professionals, and C-level executives how to best navigate Q3 2020 and beyond. 

Cutler has authored more than 8,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 4400 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler.

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