- Find ways to visualize your work
- Find ways to limit your work in progress
- Find ways to manage flow
- Find ways to implement feedback loops
- Find ways to improve (collaboratively, using models and the scientific method)
- Find ways to encourage leadership (at every level)*
Then ratchet it up, in terms of both creativity and persistence. Keep finding ways to…
As Larry Wall (of perl fame) says: there’s more than one way to do it. We all think we know what a kanban system should look like, but the further you depart size-wise, speed-wise, scale-wise or complexity-wise from what’s typical – where the board sees a worthwhile and manageable amount of movement each day – the more creative you’ll need to be.
A card wall visualisation may not even be the best starting point. Look at what you have – your existing practices, your existing data. Kanban is after all the start with what you do now method.
(* Yes, that sixth one is a principle of the Kanban method rather than a core practice like the others, but it still works. See also Small Acts of Leadership.)