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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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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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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What is the ongoing value of the Kanban board to the developers as opposed to management

I want to understand what others believe is the ongoing value of a Kanban board to the development team I got into an argument recently at my small company because A) My dev team isn't properly ...
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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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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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Which sticky note is the stickiest?

The question might sound a tad silly, but I'm actually trying to solve a real problem. Our team room has a glass wall, which we also use as our kanban board with hand-written swimlanes (= status) and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 team'...
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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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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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How do you kick-off new Agile teams?

I'm curious what others are doing with regard to getting teams up and running with Agile in a sustainable way. What do you emphasize first (practices, principle, process framework)? Or is there no one ...
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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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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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How to use Kanban with small tasks?

I recently introduced Kanban in our software development team, but I'm struggling with some things. The main problem I have is how to handle 'small tasks'? Let me explain some background: We develop ...
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How does “kanban” for project management relate to kanban in manufacturing?

I recently learned about kanban here and followed some of the links and read some of the recommended sites and PDFs. It looks interesting, but one thing keeps confusing me. In its original sense, ...
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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? ...
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What common techniques do Kanban teams use to make commitments to other teams in their organization?

When a team is first adopting kanban, they do not typically have reliable numbers for cycle time, and will struggle to make commitments based on a Service Level Agreement. What commitment techniques ...
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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 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 ...
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Kanban team engages in technical discussions after daily standup

My Kanban development team is very good about sticking to the 15 minute daily standup rule and not discussing technical details and not giving updates but co-ordinating activities for the day etc. ...
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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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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 effectively ...
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What to do when PO is taking over daily stand ups

I am a new scrum master for an established team. The PO gets along very well with team almost like buddies and is an ex-developer. This PO has started taking over my job of facilitating in the daily ...
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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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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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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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Fast start guide for ScrumMaster

I have been hired as a new ScrumMaster for two existing teams I would like a fast start guide to use as a plan of attack for how I should start. I am literally going to be dropped into the teams ...
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Are there any respected Kanban certifications? [closed]

Are there any respected, or at least well-known, Kanban certificates? There are many Scrum certifications, some of them can be taken online (scrum.org), others require participation in a stationary ...
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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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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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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 do you use kanban in an environment that requires a ton of waiting?

I work in government and our department has a communication problem. I'm trying to use a kanban board to solve this. I went ahead and started using a kanban board for just myself so I could figure out ...
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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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What is lead time?

I am struggling to truly grasp what lead time means on a Kanban project. I have read about it in several books but I still can't get my head around it. Can someone explain it.
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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 can we adopt Kanban to our workflow?

I'm working in a creative agency, with 8 people sharing the same physical space. Some of us travel often, and we are loosely organized in the following departments: RnD, Design, Social, and ...
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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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How are items with dependencies to other items handled in Kanban?

In our team we are working with system integration testing only. This means that we don't have any development tasks, just testing tasks and tasks related to preparing our heavy systems for test. We ...
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Where to fit research/exploration work items into Kanban Board?

I'd like to move toward Kanban-style project management, but I'm finding it especially hard for a project where some of the technology is new and the developers have to spend time researching modules ...
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How to write implementing HTTPS as a user story?

The title sums the question up pretty well. How do you do that? Should you even make implementing HTTPS a user story? I thought of: "As a page visitor I want all communication with the service to be ...
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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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Which columns exist on your task board?

Currently, we’re implementing new processes at our company essentially from scratch, but there are a lot of opinions on which columns should be on the task board. As the one responsible for this ...
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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 ...