Evaluate your cycle time breakdown. Identify impediments that hinder your performance. Flag up the disruptive nature of your waiting times.
To be able to optimize your delivery times, first you need to break these times down into smaller pieces and evaluate potential areas for improvement. The Cycle Time Breakdown Chart for Trello tracks the total time that you needed to deliver work split by process state. Each bar displays the delivery times of all the tasks that your team delivered. The bars are made up of colored sections depicting your process states.
The most important information that the Cycle Time Breakdown Chart for Trello provides is how your data evolves over time. This is an indicator of continuous improvement. If you see the longest colored sections getting smaller, this means that your improvement efforts are paying off.
Hovering over each bar will show the sum of the delivery times of your completed work, alongside your total delivery times broken up into process states. In addition, you can monitor the number of tasks delivered in the selected time period.
Analyzing your cycle time breakdown per process state is the best way to find any bottlenecks that hinder your performance. By glancing over each bar, you can evaluate how the time spent in each step in your workflow impacts your overall delivery time.
The ‘Breakdown’ widget on the Cycle Time Breakdown Chart for Trello is invaluable when it comes to bottleneck analysis. It illustrates your process state cycle times vs the overall cycle time needed to deliver your work. Spotting the states with the longest sections on the diagram and identifying the root causes of delays will help you improve flow efficiency and reduce delivery times.
The method of analyzing your data using the Cycle Time Breakdown for Trello is extremely powerful if you have a Kanban pull system in place. Kanban pull systems enable you to monitor the amount of time your work spends sitting idle in your process.