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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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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Switch to Jira Simplified Workflow from a second Kanban board within the same project

I have created a second Kanban board based on an existing project in Jira. The first board uses the typical Jira workflow and has a column for each issue type. The second board was created with three ...
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Scrum, Agile, Kanban looking for 'for dummies' type of information [closed]

I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I have heard and read a lot of snippets of information about this topic and I've formed my own understanding - probably not the best way to assess the value or try to ...
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Kanban - Move card from In Progress state to Backlog (moving cards backwards)

We have had situations where work has been started on an item and then work needs to be stopped for some reason. I am interested in hearing opinions for moving these items back into the backlog or if ...
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Is there a good model for choosing an agile approach?

I'm a project manager in an extremely bureaucratic, waterfall-oriented organization, but have the opportunity to pilot an agile approach with a new project I'm spinning up. I have experience with ...
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Is Kanban considered an agile methodology?

I need to choose an agile method of development for my team; we tried Scrum for the first two weeks, but since we have to make a simple universitarian project, we thought that Scrum was more ...
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Moving to new team - Kanban + weekly meetings?

To highlight a bit about the team, we work by providing a service to business teams and we constantly have to manage workload. Some of our work is big changes that take a couple of weeks, some of it ...
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Multiple boards vs Single board with tags

In our org we have two groups of people working on different components on a common platform (shared API, separate front-end apps) and have grown the process to the point where tracking working across ...
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How can I create an Epic based on requirements following best practices?

I am trying to learn Kanban and Scrum and for that, I have a sample mobile app for the gym in mind with the following ideas: User should be able to create a workout plan. User should be able to ...
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Where to Find a Desktop Kanban board application? [closed]

I have been looking for a week now, all over the net for a simple desktop based kanban management system. I work in a distributed team, but my company won't accept to use an exterior webapp like ...
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How much project management is a software developer supposed to do?

To not be too broad to begin with, the direct question would be: Is it expected that a developer should continuously remind project manages of a feature not implemented because he lacks resources ...
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Splitting dev team to allow for parallel processes

A little background: We are a team that consists of 7-8 people and is a fast growing startup. Currently, everyone is on the same team with the common morning meeting, retros etc. Morning meetings ...
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Integrating Part Time Workers (Students/Interns) into a Kanban System

Out team is transitioning to a "ScrumBan" way of working. We have set up WIP limits. We have two half-time student workers in our team. This won't change (plus we like them anyways). The team ...
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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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How to reconcile WIP limits with tasks done in parallel by one dev?

Let's say we have five Stories, A, B, C, D, and E. However, while D and E are clearly separate business requirements and should be tested/documented separately, the technical requirements are related/...
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What is the definition of Work in Progress

I have read that Work in Progress should be minimized, or that WIP amount doesn't matter as long as sprint is being finished. But I am not sure how we define the WIP, specifically how large the WIP ...
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In kanban, what should we do about routine work in each day?

For example, task like filter the bug's report from customer to create a new backlog to be discuss later on Kanban board which should be done everyday. Should I create the new card everyday like "...
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Does Jira Kanban offer measurement reports?

What are the gadgets, reports or metrics available in Jira Kanban that are useful for management reporting and to measure team performance? Is there a way to get throughput, cycletime and lead time ...
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Kanban Estimation using Littles Law

I am new to Kanban, I am aware that Kanban is a flow system and estimation is optional. My stakeholders have requested the following: Provide a delivery date for the remaining items (WIP)? If the ...
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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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A switch-case workflow in Kanban?

Does Kanban support switch-case workflows? The example is a code review - it can be performed by either our team's developer or another team's developer. If we need to make any change in another team'...
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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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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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Is a mid sprint check-in/catch-up a good idea

Scenario: With scrum teams doing a daily stand-up to inform team of progress (yesterday and today) and any impediments. I wonder sometimes do they actually bring up impediments, concerns or issues. ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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In jira, am I approaching kanban wrong?

Let me start by saying I'm a developer, not a PM - so I'm potentially misunderstanding some fundamentals here. Apologies if so. I have created a jira project, I believe kanban made sense (we need the ...
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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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Appropriate Structure to Manage Diverse IT Sustainment & Development Projects?

I am a consulting manager leading over 25 personnel to manage the infrastructure on a Navy Base. The team is currently segmented into Scrum Teams with: 5 SW Devs doing bug fixes and rewriting ...

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