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WIP Limits

LeanKit's guide on understanding WIP limits. 

Work-In-Process (“WIP”) limits restrict how much work can be assigned at one time to a single person, team, or stage in a process. WIP limits are a key component of Kanban. Limiting WIP contributes to better focus, clearer communication, and more realistic analysis and projection.

In LeanKit, you can set WIP limits to control the number of Cards that can be loaded into one Lane or assigned to one User. By using limits, you can ensure that one team, or one individual, does not get overloaded with work-in-process. You’ll also gain more granularity and accuracy in your metrics.

When you move a Card into a Lane, LeanKit checks to see if you have exceeded the WIP limit for that Lane. If so, LeanKit raises a warning letting the user know that this limit has been reached.


In the warning dialog, you must enter a reason why you are exceeding the limit. This enforces the WIP limit, but provides the flexibility for explicitly allowed exceptions. The reason the user provides will be stored in the card’s history. If you click Cancel, the card is not moved and a red-box notification shows at the top of the board.

For help with configuring work in process limits, see “Setting Work-In-Process (WIP) Limits.





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