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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How to use Azure DevOps with Kanban

I am reading Eric Brechener's Agile Project Management with Kanban and Eric shows how to implement Kanban controlling tasks. He would breakdown topics into tasks and track the tasks in the board. I ...
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How should a daily stand up meeting be performed in Kanban?

In our team we always have two stand ups each day. One in the morning and then a hand over in the afternoon together with colleagues in another time zone. We usually go around the table so that people ...
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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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Trying to configure 2 swimlanes in Jira to be similar

So I have 2 swimlanes in Jira on a Kanban board and I wanted to know if they can mirror each other? Or what might be the best way to go about this. I made one swimlane that I want only to have items ...
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How to break down work in Kanban?

In Kanban, how can we break down work? Lets say we have a task of setting up a new server. To do so it requires some investigation, a purchase, physical mounting, configuring the software etc. When ...
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WIP vs. Value-adding cards for Kanban in IT operations / IT support

I have a small question of understanding regarding Kanban, because I am currently unsure how to properly map the work to be done. In the last time I have read some blog articles and books about Kanban ...
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Can an Epic span multiple versions / releases?

Is an Epic, containing multiple User Stories, allowed to span more than one version or release?
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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 to visualise a teams roadmap when using Kanban

My team is experimenting with using Kanban which they are enjoying and seeing the benefits. The one sticking point that we are having is the team feels they don't have a clear view or grasp about when ...
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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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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 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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How to handle blocked tickets in Kanban

In my Kanban team we generally work on tickets that flow through the system in a matter of days however we also have 2 guys who work on tickets which are often dependent on external teams. How does ...
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Group not finding value in using a visualization board

I am assisting a group of people (not exactly a team, since they're not working together towards a common goal, they're rather trying to manage projects around them), to use a visualization board to ...
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How to measure Kanbans effectiveness over Scrum?

I am running an experiment with my team to see if they are more efficient overall using Kanban or Scrum. We don’t have a specific reason other than we are striving for better. If we don’t see any ...
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Kanban board is perfect for feature cards but falls short on subtask cards. How to manage subtasks (assigned to individual workers) on a Kanban board?

We are a small team building webapps for multiple clients in parallel. We have not been doing full-featured Scrum, but we have "sprints" and per-project boards with the following columns: ...
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Poor man's manner of conducting Agile Scrum/kanban/lean/XP software development philosophies/practices while remotely working online over the internet [closed]

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, I and my colleagues work remotely from home. I'm trying to document user stories. Unfortunately, since we work remotely from home, I cannot sit next to my colleagues with ...
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Using Microsoft Office 365 Planner

I've begun using the planner section and was wondering what is the best way to use it in regards to a project. Should I use one plan for the entire project or have multiple plans that break up the ...
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How to size Kanban cards

Problem When creating Kanban cards, I don't know how I should size them, i.e. if I have one task that I estimate to take a week and one task that should take only half a day, should they both just get ...
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How should you do long term releases with Kanban?

With Scrum you can try to plan longer releases using team velocity. If the team velocity is 100 Story Points (SP)/Sprint and the Product Backlog has 1000 SP then you can say you can finish in 10 ...
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Is refactoring part of a task in a sprint or a separate task for after the sprint?

I want my team to do refactoring as often as it is possible, and follow some guides from Martin Fowler book. Although I'm confused about something: If we use scrum or kanban and decide to work on one ...
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Structure for projects with many external dependencies

I was the PM for a complex project to upgrade a data communications security protocol used between a large financial organisation and the many other organisations that it shared data with. We had an ...
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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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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 ...
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Giving credit via Scrum or Kanban boards to developers participating in release-management and validation activities

I have a team of developers participating in two week Scrum sprints. We track our sprint progress (code pushes to QA region, bug-fixes, prod-support) in Jira. The team also participates in monthly ...
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Using Kanban with Optional Columns

We have an optional column for Review, only 20% of tickets need reviews and most don't. Here are our columns: Todo/Backlog Development Reviewing Testing Done How do I implement optional columns in ...
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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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How to visualise backlog items which must be pushed to done every day

Has anyone found a good method that doesn’t feel lame about representing activities that need to be completed every day on a personal or team kanban board. For instance, if I wanted to read every day ...
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What if an item requires additional work from an earlier stage in Kanban?

Let's suppose that an item gets to some stage on a kanban board and then it is discovered that additional work is required from an earlier stage. What do we do? We can't move items backward 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 are boundaries established in Kanban?

If we just take stories to the 'to-do' column when we have capacity, imagine the situation where the PO keeps on feeding more and more requirements. In Scrum you do the planning and define what ...
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How do you calculate Kanban WIP for a team who works in multiple, independent projects?

Let's say you have 12 developers working under your direction who will work in 3 different projects. Due its complexity, each project will require 5, 4 and 3 developers each. What's the best practice ...
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Technical user stories in Kanban

One of our apps was written by one of those spaguetti coders who was always working on his own. As this falls into the 'technical debt' backlog, I am proposing the team (I am the team leader) a user ...
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Relative priority of tasks with equal priority in a Kanban System

Let suppose that we have two tasks with equal priority (let's say both are set to High priority in Jira). But the work on one task was started a couple of weeks ago, and the work on the other task was ...
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How can I motivate the team to take more responsibility for user stories?

My team consists of 4 team members and me as the Product Owner, filling up the backlog and proposing the next stories to be done. We currently have no Scrum Master, and we use the Kanban method. I am ...
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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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Trying to understand my CFD

Newbee to the agile world, we are practicing kanban in our organization and we use Jira to manage our flows. I am trying to understand the CFD Jira generates for us, but the whole CFD idea confuses me....
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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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Optimizing kanban workflow due to lagging dependency

The following describes a situation where I am no longer part of. I recently had a shower thought about the past situation and wanted to see how the situation could've been improved. This is my first ...
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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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orders in Kanban board

There are 3 issues in Kanban. As per the screenshot, my team should finish issues in the order 1-3-2, right? 1st issue should be delivered before starting 2nd issue, right?
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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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Kanban Buffers and Queues

Reading about Kanban, I often encounter things like buffers and queues being mentioned. But I don't understand the difference. For example: A, B and C are queues or buffers? What's their role? What ...
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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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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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Why do Kanban Boards only contain one deployment?

I'm tasked with customizing the ticket statuses and kanban board for our software development project. I realized that Microsoft Kanban Boards and actually all other kanban boards I could find only ...
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1 team practicing kanban with multiple projects

I was wondering on when a small development team would use kanban when they have multiple simultaneous IT projects. Is there a reason why someone would rather go with kanban instead of Scrum when ...
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Can we use a electronic Kanban board to track actual time spent?

My title sums up my question pretty well. We're investigating whether we can use a Kanban-based system to manage and track some internal projects and one of our requirements is to track time spent on ...
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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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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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