What is the best Kanban metric

Kanban metricsA hassle-free insight into your business performance

The strongest advantage in using one Online Kanban Boards compared to a real Kanban whiteboard are automatically generated metrics. All you have to do is divide your Kanban board into columns, create tasks and move them around - the rest will take care of itself.

What metrics are there?

With Kanban toolAll you do is create tasks and move them across your project swim lane, while all information about your team performance is collected and recorded in the background - completely automatically.
You can view and analyze the data in many ways: a breakdown table, a time report, lead and cycle time, a cumulative flow diagram and a changelog.

What information is available?

The breakdown table is used to determine how tasks are distributed between team members. This information can then be paired with task difficulty, type, priority, etc. You can also view the tasks in a column or a swim lane, and analyze one or more projects at the same time. This gives you an insight into what is being processed, what is already finished and what needs to be started.

The time reports

The time reports show you exact time entries for each team member or for all together. They provide an insight into how long certain tasks take. The report can be created for all of your Kanban boards at once. There is a summary and a detailed view.

Lead and cycle diagram

The lead and cycle diagram is the reference point to see how long it takes on average for a task that is being created to be completed. Also here this lead time with the time in really working on this task worked was to be compared.
This will give you information about your process strength. For most companies it is very important that the lead time is as short (and close to the cycle time) as possible, as this reflects the speed on customer actions.

Cumulative flow diagram

Cumulative flow diagram is a graph that shows the process as a whole. It clearly shows the distribution of tasks over the process phases (to be done, in progress, done). With only one look you can determine your team performance here.
If everything goes as it should, every curve (every color represents a phase of the process) will remain unchanged. No jumps or sudden oscillations - only the "Tasks Done" curve should climb. As soon as you discover a slope of the "work in progress" curve, you know that something is wrong: Too many tasks, too difficult for a team member - more time, manpower or information is required. This is your most important tool - You know everything without entering the office.

The changelog is a record of any changes to the board or tasks. It can be helpful in memorizing the source of information.


With all this information available at all times - without any extra effort - would you still describe a real Kanban board as the perfect solution?
All your team has to do is postpone tasks depending on the phase, the rest will happen automatically.

Instead of guess how long tasks last, let your experience from Kanban Tools Analytics speak for themselves. This way your team won't be overworked, your stakeholders get what they want, when they want it, and you become a trustworthy business partner. Why don't you give it a try?