Flow States are the generic workflow states of a Flow Item in the value stream: New, Waiting, Active, Done, and Canceled. Every possible artifact state can be mapped to one of the five Flow States in order to calculate Flow Time, Flow Efficiency®, and Flow Velocity®.
The first state an artifact enters as soon as it is opened and before it is committed to.
Note: If your first state is a committed state, you don't need to assign a 'new' state. Instead, assign a 'waiting' or 'active' state.
A 'holding' state indicating that the artifact is waiting and not actively being worked on.
Waiting for Approval
An active state where work is actually being done on the artifact.
The final state an artifact moves to, representing that it is complete and has delivered some or all of its intended value.
This state represents work that has been voided, deferred, or invalidated.
An artifact state you intentionally want to exclude from your metrics.