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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What is kanban?

I'm curious as to what kanban is. I just learned about it seconds ago reviewing another question. (a) What is involved that would consider it Kanban? (b) Also how does it different from other ...
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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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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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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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Is there a list of good kanban books? [closed]

Looking for something that provides a good introduction into the topic as well as how to introduce it to an organization and how to apply it.
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Does anyone use a personal Kanban / Scrum board for project management activities (rather than work items)?

I've seen plenty of people using Kanban or Scrum boards to manage the work of a project. However, I also use a personal Kanban board to manage my work at home, so I was curious - does any PM use a ...
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Software Dev Team; Managing Task Across Multiple Projects in a Manufacturing Plant with no Deadlines or Set Features?

I work on an very small software development team of 3 (remote 'full' timer, a full-time developer on-site, and myself as 'lead' on-site) in a "small" aerospace manufacturing plant of about 300 ...
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What are the artifacts in Kanban?

Scrum has a number of well-defined artifacts, including: Product Backlog Sprint Backlog Burn-Down Chart Increment What artifacts are essential to Kanban?
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How do you reduce card size and limit scope creep in R&D tasks?

Several of my team members do Research&Development work, which by nature involves a lot of exploration and uncertainty, and requirements are not always clear since we don't know what is out there. ...
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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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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 Assurance"...
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How to implement kanban principles into one's personal life?

I'm impressed with kanban from a team perspective, and I'd like to suggestions on how to implement kanban from a personal perspective.
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Useful charts for a Kanban system

I am aware that Cumulative Flow Diagrams are the norm for a Kanban / swimlane-style system, but I found I derived no useful information from them. I was hoping to see some patterns evolving, but I ...
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In Kanban, what should we do about an urgent task?

If at that time, development team is currently at max WIP, then there's an urgent task like critical bug that need to be fixed immediately, do we need to violate the max WIP and allow to do work more ...
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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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Task estimation for PMs who are not developers

While working Agile, how can a PM estimate a task when he/she is not a developer?
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Applying agile in a mostly operations/support environment

I have read numerous Project Management SE questions on this subject, as well as done a fair share of Googling. I am aware that different incarnations of this question have been addressed before, but ...
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Scrum+Kanban SaaS tool [closed]

Do you want to use such tool? It will be some tool with product backlog, sprint backlogs, Scrum/Kanban dashboard... Me and my partners want to develop this.
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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 align?...
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What to do if team can't be made cross-functional?

I work in a small video game development studio, where the whole company is one team working on one product, and each person has a fixed broad function (e.g. programmer, artist, musician). We can't be ...
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What are the “pillars” of the Kanban process?

The Scrum Guide states: Three pillars uphold every implementation of empirical process control: transparency, inspection, and adaptation. What are the pillars of the Kanban process? Are they the ...
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How to structure our organization and define agile teams in a multiple concurrent projects context?

I know that the agile concept requires the teams to be small, autonomous and self-sufficient, but how to organize teams when forming small and autonomous teams is almost impossible as each member ...
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How do you do Scrumban

Current organisation wants to operate in a Kanban way but maintain the structure of sprints and burn down charts to keep track of progress. Is Scrumban the correct methodology? If so, what is the best ...
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Who is using Cynefin for their Agile adoption?

I've listened to some David Snowden podcasts on complexity theory and the Cynefin framework. It looks as though it could be powerful for guiding Agile adoptions. Who has used Cynefin for this work? ...
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What are some differences between Scrumban and Kanban?

It seems to me that scrumban is just a form of Kanban with additional tools like the cadence, planning, retrospective, and daily standup thrown in. Why is scrumban turning into another branded ...
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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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UI in scrum - what's the silver bullet?

I'm a certified scrum master and, by trade, a UI/UX/Front end dev guy. More than most I come across the issues faced by having folks with my skill-set within a cross functional team (the 'vertical ...
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How to write a summary for a user story?

I'm working hard on user stories and it is paying off, but something itches. We use Jira, but the problem is that from above the backlog seems clumsy. We need to write summary for user story so that ...
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How to use a physical Kanban board?

Some companies have real, physical Kanban boards (each board for each project). In daily meeting the team would gather in front of Kanban board and perform the meeting. 1) What values does a ...
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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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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 ...