Comparative Kanban

Comparative Kanban

by Comparative Agility

In environments with high levels of variability and uncertainty, being able to quickly respond to change is essential. Kanban, with its focus on visualizing work, limiting WIP, focus on flow and continuous improvement is ideal in these types of environments.

Comparative Kanban is aimed at helping you get the most out of your investment in Kanban by identifying where you can improve how you work, where you should amplify your efforts further and fuel a data-driven approach to continuous improvement.

Comparative Kanban

Essential Kanban

Comparative Kanban focuses on proven aspects of what makes Kanban successful: actively managing flow, making policies explicit, implementing feedback loops and limiting WIP – it’s all here.

Trusted Content

Our survey instruments are created by established practitioners and thought leaders in the field – and validated by our staff of data scientists through a rigorous process of analysis.

Instantly Actionable

The survey is designed to provide organizations with insights that are both practical and actionable right away. By providing your teams with a voice you can quickly help them where it’s relevant to their context.

About Comparative Kanban

Kanban is the preferred way to work in environment with unpredictable work demands and in environments with high levels of uncertainty. Leverage Comparative Kanban to pinpoint exactly where you can help your teams and build a culture of continuous improvement.

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Sample Questions


We resolve blockers with simple visual aids and escalation processes.

Limit WIP

Team visualizes work with queues, work-types, avatars, swim-lanes, blockers or explicit policies.

Make Policies Explicit

We are aware of explicit policy / rules on when to pull work.

Manage Flow

Team meets on a regular cadence.


Team knows their goals, why it exists and what is their criteria for success.

Implement Feedback Loops

Key stakeholders provide regular feedback based on the current situation.


We are more responsive to our customer(s) than before.


Team visualizes work with queues, work-types, avatars, swim-lanes, blockers or explicit policies.

Limit WIP

WIP limits help us commit to finishing work over starting new work.

Comparative Agility

Fuel data-driven continuous improvement efforts at the team, program and organizational levels through uncommon insights and actionable feedback.