Questions tagged [kanban]

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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Daily StandUp in a small co-located team

Let's suppose we have a small development team: a front-end developer, a back-end developer and a tester working in the same room and therefore able to communicate freely throught a day. Is it ...
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In an Agile team, should developers perform testing?

It was generally considered that developers develop and testers test. Is it right for an Agile team? For example, in Scrum, should developers take tester's tasks in the end of a Sprint to help ...
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Priority of a Code Review in Kanban?

In a software development team, when should a developer perform a code review of another developer's task: after completing their own task (another developer's task becomes blocked) as soon as ...
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Development team workflow (Kanban)

I'm trying to apply Jira's Kanban to our development team to make our work more manageable and predictable. The development team consists of three backend Java developers and one tester. The ...
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Should a Kanban board show who is doing what?

Let's suppose that a team is developing a software product. Should we indicate assignees on Kanban cards? Isn't it an anti-pattern in Kanban?
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What should a Kanban board visualize?

Kanban prescribes to visualize work and the process it goes through. But what exactly should be visualized? (This is a general question about Kanban board design.) For example, should we visualize: ...
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How can I implement a Pull System in Jira's Kanban?

As far as I understand, in Kanban, each column is divided into two sub-columns: "In Progress" and "Done". A performer from the next column pulls the items from the previous column's "Done" sub-column. ...
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In Kanban, do we ever use sub-tasks for decomposition of a large task?

Let's suppose, there is a task to add a new search function to a website. Let's also suppose this is a large task. Do we use sub-task (e.g. Jira sub-tasks) for decomposition of a large task? ...
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WIP limit per column VS per person

WIP limit per column helps us to reveal work process bottlenecks. But it doesn't prevent person work bottlenecks. Let's suppose there're two developers in a team and the WIP limit for the DEVELOPMENT ...
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In Jira Kanban, do we use sub-tasks?

I'm wondering if we should use sub-tasks in Kanban board? Or any sub-task should be repsresented with a column in the Kanban board?
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If working on multiple projects / systems is it better to have a seperate Kanban Board for each?

I started using a kanban board to manage things and it was working great except eventually I started to notice that there was too much intermingling between projects / systems to use one board. Is it ...
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In Jira Kanban, do we change assignee as a work item goes through the workflow?

Let's say our workflow is like this: DEVELOPMENT, CODE_REVIEW, TESTING, DONE. Developers get assigned to work items and start working on them. When an item is implemented it needs to be reviewed by ...
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In Agile project management, do you keep everything in Jira or maintain some documents? [closed]

I'd like to know about agile project management practices - do you keep everything in Jira or do you create and maintain any external documents (Requirements, Project schedule, Definition of done, ...
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What do columns mean - workflow or team members - in Kanban?

Let's say we have a team consisting of a developer and a tester. And we have a Kanban board consisting of "Development(WIP=1)", "Testing(WIP=1)", "Done" columns. When the developer has implemented a ...
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In Kanban, what should we do with long research tasks?

Some development tasks are very complex and none of a development team can propose a solution. Instead we have to find a solution and, of course, nobody knows how soon the solution will be found. ...
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Kanban - spending time on somebody else's work

Is it OK in Kanban that a developer may be involved in another developer's work (helps, consults) for a significant amount of time (a half day)? The work item of the first developer is staying in "In ...
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Separating Jira Kanban board issues into categories?

So im going to be using Jira for a client specifically for the Kanban board. I want to keep it as simple as possible (Simple Card Detail/Small amount of swimlanes/etc...) My one question is: Outside ...
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What work item size is appropriate in Kanban?

As far as I know it's advised that a story in Scrum must be small - not longer that a few days. What work item size is appropriate in Kanban? In particular - should we create very small issues (about ...
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What is the best methodology for a multiproject and multiteam environment?

I'm working in an enterprise that realizes several dozens of projects based on its own system. The problem is that there are: several projects several teams several modules that are associated with ...
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What is the essential idea of Kanban (for software development)? [closed]

What is the essential idea of Kanban and how does it improve the development process of a software development team (developers, designers, testers, technical writers, devops, manager, customer's ...
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That is throughput and how is it calculated?

I am studying Little's Law and I am wondering how all the variables are acquired for these calculations in the context of project accelerated with Kanban, especially throughput.
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Does Service Delivery Review occur twice a week or once in two weeks?

According to this source https://aktiasolutions.com/kanban-cadences-kanban-feedback-loops/ Service Delivery review occurs biweekly. But biweekly has an ambiguous meaning. https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Are Kanban cadences and Kanban Feedback Loops are the same thing?

I have encountered two sources which contradict each other it terms of definitions and relations between Kanban cadences and Kanban Feedback Loops. One seems to be saying they are different things. ...
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How is Little's Law applied in Kanban?

I have found some formulas of Little's Law in relation to the application in Kanban, but it still makes little sense for me. Two quotations from different sources. Average Cycle Time = Average Work ...
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For what type of projects Kanban and Scrum better adjusted compared to each other?

For which type of projects Kanban is better suited for? For which type of projects Scrum is better suited for?
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How does “Visualize the workflow” in Kanban differ from “Monitor, measure and optimize workflow/Manage flow”?

"Visualize the workflow" and "Manage flow" have somewhat similar explanations. What are the artifacts in Kanban? http://www.everydaykanban.com/what-is-kanban/ While the " Visualize the workflow" ...
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Why is “limiting Work In Progress” the cornerstone of Kanban?

I have been studying the Kanban documentation http://www.everydaykanban.com/what-is-kanban/ and I stumbled upon the "Limiting Work-in-Progress" practice. It is said in this paragraph that "Limiting ...
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Scrum based High-tech Product Development with a very mixed Group (Seniors & Novices)

I'm already a (certified) Scrum Master of a software Development Team and I'm going to/have to establish an agile product development process (Scrum is favored) with another group with four engineers. ...
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Who can change WIP limit in DoW when urgent work emerges?

I had a following question in my PSK assessment. When using Scrum with Kanban, who can change the WIP limits in the Definition of Workflow when a high priority work emerges from the Sprint? ...
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Best Way to Manage Different Types of Work in one Board?

Problem My team consists of software developers and UX designers. Their workflow is different--UX has different steps than a pure development task has. What's the best way to manage this on one ...
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How is a smaller batch size in Kanban increasing performance?

I have read that a small batch size is executed faster (obviously) than a bigger one. I have also read that small batches are delivered faster, in relative terms, because they foster a more ...
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Which flow metric is used to forecast - 'how many items will be done for the date'?

I had following question in my PSK assessment. Which flow metric is used to forecast - how many work items will be done for the date'? Throughput Work Item Age (WIA) Cycle Time (CT) ...
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How to make Agile metrics useful to stakeholders and project managers

I have started using Actionable Agile lately. This tool is essentially used for Agile Metrics e.g. Cycle time, throughput, monte-carlo predictability etc. Does anyone know how I can translate this ...
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Rolling Boards (Kanban) while doing Continuous Delivery

We are trying to do CD where we have a sprint per release on each board. So we are working off a board, and when we either get all the tickets to Review, or just decide to pull a release, we make a ...
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Does the Kanban require teams to work vertically sliced user stories or can we use small technical tasks

I am just revising Anderson's Kanban book where he discusses 'input types' and it doesn't seem like he prescribes whether the team work with vertically sliced user stories - something which has been a ...
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What is swarming?

While the term "swarming" is used quite commonly, I found it hard to find a definition for it. Different swarming approaches seem to range from "do pair programming, if otherwise the WIP limits would ...
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How to handle large backlog

Recently I am asked to inspect the Kanban system our company is following and I am having some difficulties to fix it. I am working in a startup company and in software department there are 5 ...
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How should Scrum and Kanban teams track Continuous Improvement activities?

What mechanism can Scrum or Kanban teams use to track Continuous Improvement activities - something which can also involve cross-team collaboration? e.g. CI: Improve Product Management by reducing ...
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How to get a BI team to work in vertical slices e.g. User Stories

I am an Agile Coach for a bunch of Business Intelligence Engineers and Data Scientists. There is generally speaking 2 different work item types which they undertake: User facing reports and ...
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How to create JIRA Kanban based on ticket/card reporter?

I want to create another Kanban board in my project where the columns are people names (we have 4 analysts in the team) and in the column shows all the cards created (reported) by each analyst, so we ...
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Is it proper for a kanban board (process) to involve several teams or just one?

Your org goes agile. You decide to make every process explicit. My understanding is that each process is a kanban board. One organization will have many processes and thus have many boards with ...
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Does a user story need to be small and why, when using Kanban

User Stories are generally written using INVEST method; the E meaning easier estimation which does not apply to Kanban and S meaning small enough to fit into iteration which also does not apply to ...
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How long will it take for epics and stories to exit our Kanban system

We have only just recently starting using Kanban, so we have little or no predictability data about how long epics and stories take to move through our system. How do we give the business an idea of ...
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In our Kanban system how do we stop epics spawning endless stories

We have designed our system with the follow steps: Backlog (epics) Ready for discovery (epics) In discovery (epics) Ready to break into stories / 3 amigos (epics->stories) Ready for development (...
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Is it more effective to create a Trello board for each new sprint or have one long-lived sprint board?

Our software department consists of a single-product team of three developers and two higher-ups with domain knowledge whose roles on our team are similar to that of a product owner. We have ...
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WIP Limits broken by low-priority Stories - What to do?

Current Situation Small team of 4 developers and 2.2 QAs. I'm trying to implement work in progress (WIP) limits. There are currently many (37) Stories waiting for QA (also 22 currently being QA'd, ...
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How to manage development tasks and bugs/issues in a small fully-remote development team?

How to manage development tasks and bugs/issues in a small fully-remote development team? I've just hired two developers so I need to put a system in place for managing development tasks, reporting ...
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Measuring performance in kanban

Let's assume I decide to manage a certain project using Kanban. This happens to be a customer service kind of project where the dev team delivers continuous improvement so Kanban is definitely well ...
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How to shape the demand with Kanban?

I'm working with team working in a service delivery model. They are getting requests from the rest of a rather large organization. They don't have too much contact with the business side. We are ...
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How does a Portfolio Kanban look like?

I'd like to setup a Portfolio Kanban to be used at a higher level in my project and I'm not sure how it should look like. What is the key information it should contain?