Digite brings visual project management tool Kanban to India

23rd December 2012
Digite brings  visual project management tool Kanban to India
David Anderson (left) and AV Sridhar in Bangalore last week, when Digite launched Swift Kanban in India ( Photo: India Tech Online / Anand Parthasarathy

Bangalore, December 24, 2012: Leading provider of Lean/Agile Application Lifecycle Management products and solutions,   Digite,  has   embraced the internationally recognized  scheduling methodology, Kanban,  in a new  digital avatar  and embedded it in its  client offerings.
In Bangalore, last week  to mark the launch  of Swift-Kanban, a Visual Project Management Software tool, was  David Anderson,  Agile Management guru and the author of a seminal work on Kanban.

This is  the Next Big Thing in non-linear methods to  improve operational efficiency, team productivity  and  revenues, says  Digite’s President and CEO, A V Sridhar, Indian IT veteran ,  co-founder and former President of Wipro who founded Digite in Mountain View ( California, US)  along with  technopreneur Suhas Patil.
“A product like Swift-Kanban helps in better planning and execution by giving a visual indication for any corrective action far in advance to improve productivity. Swift-Kanban can catalyse a renewed Lean/ Agile process initiative for the Indian IT industry, as it looks for newer ways to compete effectively in the various markets to shore up its bottom line”, Sridhar adds.

Kanban has been successfully deployed to  create more efficient IT  operations   for enterprises  as disparate as   automobiles  and  media.It  takes an organization’s current development process  as a starting point and provides greater visibility into the status of the work and how it is proceeding, explained Anderson on the sideline’s of the Swuft-Kanban launch in Bangalore, December 20.

Tech Note ( Wikipedia): Kanban  (literally signboard or billboard) is a scheduling system for lean and just-in-time (JIT) production. According to its creator, Taiichi Ohno, Kanban is one means through which JIT is achieved.. Kanban is not an inventory control system; it is a scheduling system that helps determine what to produce, when to produce it, and how much to produce.The need to maintain a high rate of improvement led Toyota  to devise the kanban system. Kanban became an effective tool to support the running of the production system as a whole. In addition, it proved to be an excellent way for promoting improvements because reducing the number of kanban in circulation highlighted problem areas.Many manufacturers have implemented electronic kanban systems or e-kanban systems. These help to eliminate common problems such as manual entry errors and lost cards.E-kanban systems can be integrated into enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, enabling real-time demand signaling across the supply chain and improved visibility. Data pulled from e-kanban systems can be used to optimize inventory levels by better tracking supplier lead and replenishment times.