Kanban Cycle TimeThe Lead and Cycle Time diagram explained

The Lead and Cycle Time Diagram is a very characteristic feature of Kanban. It is the diagram you'd turn to when looking for information on the process throughput. The information that the Lead and Cycle Time delivers is the relation between the time a task spends in the process on whole and the time that the task is really worked on.

Kanban Lead Cycle Time

Why is this information crucial to your business?

The process throughput - the flow-rate of what tasks and orders are being placed into the system and their alignment with what is being delivered through the process - is where the real value of the organization lies. The speed with which you can respond to a demand and produce a worthy result is one of the first things that you'll be judged on - by both your clients and competitors.

How to read the graph?

In Kanban Tool's Lead and Cycle Time you get to choose which tasks and in what swimlanes you would like to see the analysis for. Once you pick these parameters, you can apply whether you want a display of the general Lead and Cycle Time (the time it took for a task to get from the leftmost to the rightmost column) or you can choose a specific point for the beginning and end of the comparison (any column in between the starting and the finishing one). By viewing the average time it took for tasks of the specified parameters to get done, you gain an insight into what is the process throughput.

What is the benefit?

Being aware of your throughput gives you the power to provide correct information about delivery time, therefore making you a much more reliable business associate. On top of this, having this information allows you to plan your business better - knowing how busy your team is now allows for a better estimation of when will they be available to start another project - and whether it would perhaps make sense to outsource, or get hiring in order to facilitate a healthy business growth.

How to get an automatically generated Lead and Cycle Time?

Try Kanban Tool for free now and feast your eyes on not only an automatically generated Lead and Cycle Time Diagram, but other Analytical tools as well. With Kanban Tool you're getting a great process visualization tool, an impressive set of helpful features (online attachments, comments, checklists, due dates), seamlesss Time Tracking, a Time Report, a Cumulative Flow Diagram, a Breakdown Chart and more. Test it for free now!


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