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Kanban is focused on continuous delivery of completed work or part of work. One of the most recognizable features of Kanban is WIP limits, which is used to reduce the amount of tasks that can be worked on at one time.
As the work is continuous, the board stays persistent, only the tasks change. Workflow happens through a pull principle, where tasks are assigned after they went to the backlog or backlog priorities sections. New items can be added to the backlog whenever WIP limits allow it. Just like in Scrum, team members are working individually and may swarm a task if there is a need for it, however Kanban doesn’t need daily meeting. There are no roles for team members, but they can choose specialization. Kanban uses cumulative flow diagrams, lead and cycle times to measure performance and the planning is done after each release/iteration or by planning on demand principle. Kanban doesn’t impose strict constraints, process is more flexible. Therefore it fits best for support, maintenance teams or continuous product manufacturing.

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