Metrics in kanban.

Metrics help guide evolution and set guardrails, but don’t otherwise offer much prescription.

  • Lead time: Start of work to completion.
  • Delivery rate: Number of completed items per time.
  • Work-in-progress: Number of active bits of work.


  1. Susanne Bartel and Andreas Bartel, “The Official Guide to the Kanban Method,” February 2021. (See notes.)