Use the Kanban tag for project management questions about how to implement Kanban as a methodology. This tag is not for questions about software recommendations. However, questions about how to integrate a specific software solution or tool as it relates to Kanban is on topic.

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Would Scrum & Kanban work for a small organisation with several “projects”

Background My question deals with introducing Scrum and/or Kanban in a small organisation (currently 9 employees), but with several more or less distinguished areas of focus, some including only one ...
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When (if at all) is it okay to break the WIP limit?

Let's assume that I have a kanban board that has a "Test" column with a WIP limit of x. In the general case, I should not add a card to this column until there is a free space -- at least one card has ...
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When developing the same app for multiple platforms how do you keep the implementation aligned

We have an Android native app and now want to build an iOS native version. We work scrum / kanban process. How best can we ensure that the Features / User Stories implementation on both versions ...
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Methodology to Predict Future Workload

I am working on a prediction of future growth of a workshop (50 – 100 manual workers). The idea is to develop how and in what way we would like to grow this facility. I am looking for a methodology or ...
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User story conversation vs. scope creep

TL; DR; What is the difference between: A) The details evoked & scope definitions & acceptance criteria gained from the ongoing "user story conversation" a team should have with the PO, BAs, ...
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Lean software development VS Lean Startup. Is it the same? Differences?

Those concepts are usually mixed everywhere. It seems both are based on Lean, but that's all. The core of the Lean Startup aproach seems to be to develop the MVP (minimum viable product). Whereas the ...
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What kind of peripheral information do you put on a Kanban board?

We are currently in my team in the process of applying Kanban to our project. It's currently a very iterative process which is not (yet) meeting the expected success. However, we noted that the big ...
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What is the process for deciding WIP limits for each column in a team's kanban board?

Is there a process to guide the initial WIP number decisions for kanban board columns apart from picking a rough number and seeing how it works out? Secondly, what metric(s) do you monitor to ...
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Using Trello to manage workload across multiple projects

I love using Trello and I've found it an invaluable tool in the past on a range of projects, but I keep coming up against the same problem. I have X projects on at a time with 3 people working on ...
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Using Trello to 'iterate' / give feedback on tasks that are marked as staged or done

We are using Trello for project management of a dev project. Here is how we are working currently: Developer takes a card assigned to them from the Todo pile and moves it to Doing then the Developer ...
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Done column — use case?

Seems to be ubiquitous...the "done" or "completed" column. Conceptually what purposes does it serve? Is it the feel good reminder that "hey we've accomplished X number of tasks/stories" I struggle ...
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Should we include Graphic Team into Scrumban Process?

Our team familiar with traditional SDLC process like waterfall. So, We wanna step to scrumban. (we think it suitable for us.) But we have something to concern and not sure what is best practice for ...
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Is scrumban approach suitable to a small organization management? [closed]

The case is: There are 9 people involved - 3 engineers 2 sales 2 marketing 1 client/project manager 1 general manager Engineers are related to marketing, sales and project managers. Sales and ...
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Kanban: A cure for what ails me, or snake oil du jour?

I manage a team of developers and testers that makes widgets. We manage several dozen widgets; in addition to creating new widgets, we have to update old ones with new functionality and fix urgent ...
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Is refactoring part of a task in a sprint or a separate task for after the sprint?

I want my team to do refactoring as often as it is possible, and follow some guides from Martin Fowler book. Although I'm confused about something: If we use scrum or kanban and decide to work on one ...
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Jira - how to set the size of story/task in kanban board?

I want to set up size for my tasks and stories based on t-shirt sizes convention. I can't find it in Jira Kanban board. Does Jira support it?
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When using Kanban, how do I write tasks and where to put the “weight” of them?

I'm very new to Kanban, which I want to use in my new product. I am concerned how to organize tasks. For example I may have two tasks: - change the color of the login button - create 3d visualization ...
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What are some commonly tracked metrics in Kanban?

I'm currently working with a development group that has a variety of project management approaches. They use a Kanban board for tracking work with a constantly re-prioritized backlog, they have ...
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How to manage reluctant or negligent colleagues to be interested about meetings, administration, or Kanban introduction?

The beginning of the next year we would like to optimize our system (we working in the recruitment industry, the market is changing in every minutes). With my compeer we worked out a plan and the ...
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Should we take a photo of our Sprint Board every day for a remote manager?

A new manager just came on board in another region and asked us to take a photo of our Sprint board and post it to our wiki every day. The question is: should we do this? If yes, by the Team, Scrum ...
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Agile methodology for small company; large projects + ticket maintenance [duplicate]

I just joined a small IT company that was looking for a project manager. We produce one project at once; that is, we start something, we develop it, we test it, and once it's done, then we think of ...
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Agile methodology for small company; large projects + ticket maintenance

I just joined an IT small company that was looking for a project manager. We produce one project at once; that is, we start something, we develop it, we test it, and once it's done, then we think of ...
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Is Scrum or Kanban only applicable to projects of larger size or projects with greater magnitude?

Can we use Scrum or Kanban for smaller tasks or projects? Let's say that I have a small software project comprising of the following: Registration Form Contact Form Admin Section And then in the ...
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How to handle epics in Kanban?

We are about to start working with Kanban instead of Scrum for our product development. We have identified that we will ahve the following flow: Backlog -> Analyze -> Development - Test Nothing ...
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What are some ways to improve team motivation and sense of achievement using Kanban?

I manage a development team using Scrum extremely successfully. When I started there was no organization to development, so we implemented Kanban as a stepping stone to provide visibility into the ...
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PM for non IT business

I am a software developer and am familiar with Scrum. However, I have also started a very different type business. I raise different types of poultry for the fine dining industry. I don't think ...
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What criteria are best suited to compare various Kanban tools in terms of maxmizing ROI?

We are a service oriented business catering our service to various agaencies offering us software development projects with tight deadlines and frequent updates. As a team, we are focusing to manage ...
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Should defects flow through the Kanban board, or should they be tracked as issues?

One of the things that I'm still trying to wrap my head around is defect tracking. Should we put defects on the Board and track them alongside the other items (new features, refactoring work etc), ...
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Should the Kanban CFD be weighted with estimates?

I am working in a Kanban process with a team the tries to estimate Cycle time, Lead time as well as completion time based on applying FIFO wherever possible on our queues. Using the Cumulative Flow ...
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Is Kanban a part of Scrum, and is it simply the task board?

I am new to Scrum and Kanban. So far, I understand that the Task Board is something that is originally from Kanban, but I am using an online Scrum tool that also also offers that board. Is the Task ...
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What is the standard for evaluating team maturity?

There are ever so many references to the team's 'maturity' in the Agile/Lean related books and articles/blogs. Using my common sense I think I can get the idea. I can see how my team has evolved over ...
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Visualizing individuals' efforts with kanban. Is it a wrong approach for measuring the team's throughput?

I'm new to kanban and agile as such but I'm really positive and enthusiastic and I have a clean vision of it's potential for us. I made a decision to start off with a first board and take it from ...
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How to effectively combine different (project and non-project) activities in Kanban?

In our company, we're currently trying to get started with Kanban. When discussing about how to handle the different work items / user stories / tasks, this question came up: How do you ...
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Can we use a electronic Kanban board to track actual time spent?

My title sums up my question pretty well. We're investigating whether we can use a Kanban-based system to manage and track some internal projects and one of our requirements is to track time spent on ...
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Difference in responsibilities between lead developer and project manager for support workload

Full disclosure: I am working as a lead developer for a team of around 6 developers, not as a project manager. But this seemed like a good place to ask. Background: Recently the team is covering more ...
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How to cope with the Hawthorne effect and sprint improvements?

Hawthorne effect: the phenomenon in which subjects in behavioral studies change their performance in response to being observed. Background: I'm using Kanban as a tool to analyse and improve the ...
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Managing team workflow using Asana and Kanban principles [closed]

Our team uses Asana, and we're quite happy with it as it has excellent tools for team collaboration and personal task management. However it falls down a bit when trying to manage workflow in Kanban ...
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Which is the best methodology to manage a distributed team, working in several short term one-man projects?

I lead a team of around 20 people, distributed around the world (different timezones, most of us haven't met in person). Most of the projects we work on are short term (3-4 weeks) customizations with ...
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Why does the WIP limit for a kanban discipline apply to completed work?

In kanban, there is a hard work-in-progress limit that stops a discipline working on too much at once. In this example kanban board, the WIP limit includes work listed in the "done" column. Why, for ...
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Electronic kanban board [closed]

In my project we decided to use Kanban. We started with trello, the application is very nice but it has too few features. It doesn't support: WIP limits Class of service Multiple swim lanes Which ...
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Where do I find public JIRA/Greenhopper instance used by Kanban project teams?

I'd love to see Atlassian's JIRA/Greenhopper Rapid Board in action, i.e. actively used in a Kanban project. So far I have not been able to find a public one. Do you know any (e.g. open source) ...
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Advice for dealing with a cowboy programmer in an agile team

We have a cowboy coder in our team i.e. he likes to take advantage developing some new features or tools that are not always requested nor useful. We use scrum/kanban for development, and it is quite ...
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Kanban and feature size

We are currently using SCRUM within our organisation but are considering moving to kanban (or scrumban). As part of our SCRUM process we normally take into consideration size and complexity of ...
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Kanban for multiple projects

We've been using http://acunote.com to manage our work queue. It's great for the planning phase, because you can nest stories. This makes it easy to outline an MVP within a given sprint. Given that ...
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Kanban, moving items back? Or how do you manage mistakes?

Given that you have a feature tracking through your Kanban board, the dev marks it done, it's pulled into QA, and the dev pulls in new work. QA fails the item. Now what? You can't move it back into ...
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Going from Scrum to Kanban near “release”

I am working as Scrum Master on a large software project. We are currently running Scrum. We have about one month left in the development phase before we are supposed to end our implementation phase. ...
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Is Agile Lean? Or are Agile and Lean totally separate philosophies?

Can I say Agile is "not" Lean and both Agile and Lean are totally different concepts or philosophies? If I take lean principles: "Self Organization" "Kaizen or Cont. Improvement" "Quality ...
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Reverse Auction “Kanban-like” methodology for agile development

I am trying to get some feedback on a methodology I would like to try with my team. Two problem areas I want to try and adapt this process to addess are: A mix of time-critical (contracted ...
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setting WIP limits when devs are multi-functional

Our company has five distinct process competencies: UX, web, desktop, data-mining and QA with a fixed number of engineers in each role. The tools that each of these uses are quite different: ...
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How do you deal with developer holidays on a KANBAN board?

One of our developers has gone on holiday with some tickets associated with them on the Kanban board. We were faced with the following two options: Keep the work in progress limit the same for that ...