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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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Agile for Marketing Teams

More and more of our Marketing Department is breaking into Agile groups. As a fairly new Scrum Master I have struggled to adapt the fast-paced Marketing world to Agile. In researching, I found that ...
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Best (most agile) way to develop multiple products concurrently

I would like to restructure my development teams so that they can work in a more agile way, however each of those teams needs to develop changes for multiple products in their business area. I've ...
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Keep User Assignment for Tasks in Done Columns?

I do understand that the concept of the Work In Progress (WIP) of a column counts for both, the "in progress" and the "done"-subcolumn to keep the flow stable and force the team to identify and solve ...
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How to deal with constantly (~daily) changing requirements?

I see a number of similar links, but none seem to have a solution, mostly "they shouldn't be doing that"'s. I agree, but please, read on: Scenario: 800K pages of documents, narrative(e.g. emails)/...
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How should a Scrum Master handle high cycle times from individuals on a team?

As a Scrum Master / Agile Coach, what is the correct approach for dealing with Engineers in a team who take longer than the rest of the team to complete their tasks. Since we are using Kanban we aim ...
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Using Scrum for clients' migration on already live product

Is it worth working in 2-week sprints, and in a Scrum fashion for that matter, for a client migration project from a legacy system, to a system which is already live and with other clients (a white ...
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Is there any negative productivity impact on having more than one task in progress?

In the beginning of the Sprint we assign various items to each developers. Some developers may work on more than one item at a time, however when they work on the item they typically Start Progress ...
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What is the best workflow between Jira and Confluence?

I'm struggling with Jira and Confluence. My Team and I are developing an application and we are not sure how to structure our JIRA environment perfectly. For our development process we use Kanban. ...
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How to deal with overhead of QA logging bugs that POs aren't interested in fixing?

Many times I've observed bugs being logged against particular stories that takes Product Owners a lot of time to triage that don't end up being important enough to fix. Either it's an acceptable ...
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Tracking how much time particular task spends in a lane - Kanboard

In Kanboard (https://kanboard.net/) I can display average time all tasks spent in particular column: However, I need information on how much time particular task spent in each lane. How can I do ...
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Estimate Item Delivery from Throughput plus blockers

We are combining all of our projects into one Kanban board. Since we are only ever one team, it seems to make the most sense to combine everything to one board and prioritize as we can all only work ...
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Handling New Issues in the backlog

We are a small team mostly focused on medium to large scale websites. I am going to merge all issues for all of our projects into one backlog using Kanban with JIRA. The idea being that no one gets ...
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Swimlane, category or new project for grouping dependent projects in Kanboard

We have just recently started to use Kanboard, but still not sure how to apply our projects in the Kanboard system. We have a couple of major software projects contains sub-projects such as Delphi ...
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What to do when WIP limits must be broken?

So I've been trying to push Kanban, and consequently having WIP (Work In Progress) limits, but there's one question I keep being asked that I don't have a great answer for: "What happens when we're ...
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What's the difference between Kanban vs Lean Kanban?

I noticed that Lean Kanban term appears quite frequently. I've tried to figure out what's the difference between Lean Kanban and Classic, but no success. Maybe someone dealt with both and could ...
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Assigning responsibility with physical Kanban Board

Question When starting a team new to using kanban boards (in this case a physical board) how do you assign tasks to them and get them in the habit of checking the board for new responsibilities? ...
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How to share developers between multiple agile projects?

5 products on 4 platforms ~100 projects implementations at different stages(Where a project is a set of products customized for customer.) 15 developers + 5 QA's Swarm of small clear tasks/CR's/...
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Show Epic label in backlog without adding Epics to board filter in Jira?

There doesn't appear to be any medium here but I have a Kanban board in Jira and all issues are assigned to an Epic. The filter specifically does not include Epics because in Kanban if Epics are ...
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How to use Kanban for consulting work, take 2

My question is kind of a follow-up on this one. I've started using the Personal Kanban method at work: I'm using Trello, with 2 boards (Options and Tasks). I chose to keep the Options (Backlog) board ...
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Kanban & Scrum - 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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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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What can we do for a fragmented team with short projects?

I'm working in an agency and we are seven employees. Most of the employees have very specific skills. There is one employee for video productions, two for design, one for social network, one for ...
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Predicting release date change in Kanban due to PROD issues

We are transiting from Scrum to Kanban. One of the things we need to still have to stick to some deadlines (stakeholders need to know some dates). We have some classes of tasks negotiated with ...
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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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Kanban - If List is “full” (at WIP limit) do you just split list into DO and DOING?

If the next stage (list) in a Kanban is full (at it's Work In Progress (WIP) limit) then it seems you should/can not move the finished card to that List. Only solution I see is to split each list into ...
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How to eliminate wasted time / improve cadence on epic boundaries

Our work is organized around epics, which are the unit of business decision making and prioritization. Each represents a higher-level business feature or technical task. Epics are divided into user ...
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How to find the right size for user stories for a dev team

One of my teams is struggling with user story sizing. A couple of weeks ago the stories seemed to be too big i.e. they were dragging along / staying on the board for weeks. The PO has started to ...
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Any ideas for mixing a kanban with taskboards

I am the PM of a small team of 6 programmers, recently we are trying to go more agile by including in our workflow some principles or techniques of XP, scrum, scrumban and lean. A very important ...
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Kanban / Scrum software [closed]

My team currently uses zenhub, and are looking for something to better fit our needs Current Needs ( Most are met by zenhub ) Must be able to paste image from clipboard into ticket ( having to ...
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As an Agile Coach, how do I deal with argumentative and uncooperative team members?

I an an Agile Coach and Scrum Master for a development team. One of developers has become impossible to work with because of her attitude towards in particular me and I am not sure how to handle it. ...
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Does the team need 2 different Kanban boards for part-time work?

My development team splits there time between two completely distinct pieces of work. New functionality user stories Bugs which relate to a completely different product (1 day a week) Typically ...
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Does multiple cards in progress by a single person reduce kanban efficiency

My development team is very new to kanban. We have already seen the benefits of the simply visualizing our process. However, as of late I have noticed developers picking up multiple cards at the ...
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How can we track the status of very large, very broad user stories in our web development process?

I'm looking into using user stories for our next web project. For example: There will be a homepage with some information and the latest projects for the client. How could you turn this into one ...
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In Kanban, What should I do if the card has a bug that need to be fixed in Test column?

Let's say the workflow is something like this: Todo -> Development -> Test -> Release If some feature has done in development and moved to test, when tester found a bug, may be app crashing or ...
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Do we need different Kanban boards for different task categories? (i.e. admin, development, research)

I'm part of a research team and we do different tasks. For example, we might research tasks(i.e. read literature, implement algorithms,etc) or development tasks (e.g. set up server, deploy website, ...
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How can I accomodate hotfixes in the KanBan board in JIRA

Say I have 4 tickets in Done state in the Kanban board. I plan to release them together after a detailed QA which would take me about 2 days. However I have this one ticket which is a hotfix and it ...
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Using personal kanban board for daily standups in scrum process

Is it possible to use personal kanban boards for daily stand-ups and to plan one working day if I work in scrum team?
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Secondary team block primary team due to lack of quality-driven development and WIP limits

Where I work, there are two teams of developers. Team A use Kanban and consider quality non-negotiable. They are responsible for developing the client-facing website, part of which contains an ...
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Divide “stories” into tasks or columns?

My team's core job (we're not in the software business) is to install hardware at sites which typically takes around a month start to finish and typically involves around 5 or so distinct stages (site ...
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Project management methodologies for multiple projects, small teams, diverse skills, partially remote team

I have been reading a lot on Scrum to evaluate its use in our company. I've done a few trials runs with it where the teams were exploring different aspects of it to get some real world feel. I'm not ...
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Kanban / Agile Goes Haywire

I've been practicing Agile and leading a new team for a while in a new organization. Everything works perfectly fine. Task got pulled by the team. Process that is set by the team has been followed by ...
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Retrospective to introduce Kanban

I want to introduce my Scrum team to Kanban and I am not sure how best to approach it. Does anyone have any good ideas?
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What is a good process to use for project work and issues?

I am trying to improve the Agile process by which a team works. They currently have a Kanban board but they aren't necessarily using it effectively. They have 2 types of tasks: 1) New project work - ...
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How to manage a schedule across multiple PMs when using a single team for both development & support?

I work for a small company (22 people), whereby the development team works on both new features (40%) and support/maintenance tasks (60%). We have several account/project managers who prioritise the ...
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How often and when should you change WIP limits?

I'm testing out Kanban on my research team and I think we're okay for now. We've visualized our workflow and set limits to the tasks. I'm using Kanban in Action for reference. I've set an initial WIP ...
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What do I do with the excess WIP when starting a conversion to Kanban?

We're about to shift to a Kanban process, but (as one would expect) there is way too much WIP already underway in the organization. If our day one Kanban board reflects the current state, it could ...
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Who can add more cards to the Kanban Backlog

If a project is already started and the team is using a Kanban Board, who can add more cards to the Backlog? Are there some specific rules? Is it the manager, any of the team members, or are such ...
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How to handle unplanned work in Kanban?

My team has recently changed from Scrum to a Kanban like setup. We switched because our plans in Scrums were always spoiled by external initiatives. Now we do day to day planning instead. We pull ...
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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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Are daily stand ups the same for Kanban and Scrum teams?

There is a lot of discussion about what should and what should not be allowed in daily stand ups. Some people say it should not include status updates. What is the definition of a status update? ...