Kanban Analytics and Metrics Lead and Cycle Time and Cumulative Flow Diagrams

One of the biggest challenges project managers are facing is to find the way to predict the project’s future – its success or failure. Therefore, estimating project duration and identifying problems as they occur are essential manager responsibilities. However, it usually costs time and effort to gather and analyze appropriate metrics. Kanban software simplifies this process by providing insightful Kanban analytics. Lead and Cycle Time and Cumulative Flow diagrams allow to measure the project performance and help in identifying inefficiencies and bottlenecks.


Lead and Cycle Time Diagram

Lead and Cycle Time Diagram presents the average amount of time it takes for a task to be processed from the specific start to the finish point. It can be used to analyze the time required to traverse work items and to make improvements in the project performance.

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Cumulative Flow Diagram

Cumulative Flow Diagram shows project manager the relative amount of work for each stage of project over the time. The diagram should run smoothly. Large steps and flat horizontal lines indicate impediments to flow or lack of flow. Variations in the gap or bands stand for bottleneck situations, which usually occur due to irrelevant work in progress limits.


Information behind CFD

By looking at the vertical distance of a chart project manager can define how many items are currently in progress and set the right work in progress limits for his team. The horizontal distance shows how long it takes for a task to be completed. By measuring it manager can monitor the Cycle Time and make a prediction of when all the work in progress will be done.

Lead and cycle time diagram

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Benefits from using Kanban analytics

Kanban metrics allow you to predict how much time your team needs to complete the project. Thus, they help you plan and organize work as well as to delegate responsibilities. Analytics enable you to track your average Cycle Time and improve it. CDF makes the project performance visible and easy to modify so you can find bottlenecks and solve problems as they occur.


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