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

Good question - well phrased. Best answer is "Never be the senior guy with a secret". Development is difficult to schedule. Last week I told my manager that the new tool enables me to solve ...
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What is the ongoing value of the Kanban board to the developers as opposed to management

A Kanban board helps developers synchronise their work. Sue glanced up at the Kanban board to see if there were any new items waiting for her to code. Mark had noticed that the review stage on the ...
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How much project management is a software developer supposed to do?

Responsible vs. Accountable Roles in a Pull-Queue System The question you're asking is really an X/Y problem. You have a couple of other problems that you haven't actually called out in your question:...
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What is the ongoing value of the Kanban board to the developers as opposed to management

As a developer, a kanban board shows me two things of interest: What work am I and my team members currently working on What work is ready to be picked up when I complete my current task Besides ...
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How much project management is a software developer supposed to do?

I think this has a canonical answer, at least from a traditional PM point of view if not with Agile or Kanban or whatever else. If a piece of work was unable to be finished for whatever reason, by ...
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Does a user story need to be small and why, when using Kanban

In a word: feedback. Whether you’re coaching a soccer team, flying a drone, planning a city, or writing a dissertation, the sooner you can get feedback, make adjustments, and get more feedback, the ...
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How to use a physical Kanban board?

The physical Kanban board offers the face-to-face meeting approach. It necessitates all team members to come together. Moreover the feeling for "What I'm now responsible for" increases. We introduced ...
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Kanban: How can I handle column limits when some members work at night?

It's all down to what you need. Ask your team: why there's this code limit in place? Potential Answer #1: Because we must not work on development if we have pending code reviews. Potential Action #...
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Which columns exist on your task board?

This is a great question. Many teams start with something like what you have or ToDo | Doing | Done. This may be ok, but doesn't tell you much about how your work is flowing. If you want more ...
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What is the ongoing value of the Kanban board to the developers as opposed to management

We used Kanban at my last workplace, with only 3-5 devs (myself included), 0-2 testers and one local manager. We saw several tangible benefits: Knowledge gets spread around, because we're encouraged ...
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Team using Waiting for Release column on their kanban board

It is not clear if your team is doing production support or software/ app dev. Assuming it is app dev, there are a few questions to consider - What is the customer's need for the releases your team ...
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How to use a physical Kanban board?

A physical Kanban board acts as an information radiator. It is useful for several reasons: It allows the team to coordinate their efforts by giving them the big picture. For example, they may notice ...
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What magnets for a glass whiteboard?

TL;DR The part of your question about what product to buy is off-topic. We call those "shopping questions," and they are almost always off-topic. They are also generally indicative of X/Y problems. ...
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How to handle large backlog

First: It's clear that your testing team is way too small. A ratio of 5:1 is simply going to (1) cause a huge backlog and (2) cause bugs to slip through. Your own project is proof of this. Even if ...
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How can I track time spent by assignees on each ticket in JIRA?

Tracking Workflow Transitions Tracking ticket assignments between people is generally considered a workflow or state transition. According to an Atlassian Confluence document, there are some ...
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One Kaban or five Kanbans? My manager would like to implement Kanban to get better visibility on what his five teams do

It really depends on how similar is the work that the different teams are doing; and also how large is each team and the volume of work they handle on an ongoing basis. In most implementations that ...
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Handling New Issues in the backlog

First of all you don't usually want tasks in your backlog but ideas that deliver value. The tasks are usually represented by the columns in the Kanban system, but if it is more of a task board then ...
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What is the ongoing value of the Kanban board to the developers as opposed to management

"And because they are only ever working on 1 - maybe 2 things at a time, keeping track is no problem for them." Well, yes, if every person on a team is only ever working on 1 thing at a time, then ...
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What is the ongoing value of the Kanban board to the developers as opposed to management

Direct feedback The CEO came back at me saying that it should provide a lot of value to them, [..]. But these are all of value to the manager - Not the developer. "It should help" is not an ...
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Issues with multiple unrelated projects on the same kanban backlog

It is not quite clear whether you have a multi-tasking or context switching challenge or not. Since, as a team, you are supporting 8 different streams of work (6 services and 2 projects), you are ...
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Is it proper for a kanban board (process) to involve several teams or just one?

Why not both? Most decent Kanban softwares (e.g. Jira) will allow you to separate boards so that you can have one task appearing on multiple boards. Thus, each team has its own board, and then you ...
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What should a Kanban board visualize?

TL;DR While there can be circumstances where you need the level of granularity you're proposing, in most cases it's likely to be a symptom of command-and-control management styles and an outgrowth of ...
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What should a Kanban board visualize?

Kanban's first principle is "Start with what you do now." and iterate from there. So, what you want to visualize is completely up to you, based on what you do today to track data about your work ...
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Why do Kanban Boards only contain one deployment?

TL;DR There's no right or wrong answer here in terms of what activities, columns, and swimlanes belong on a given Kanban. However, it's likely that your process is being driven by a software tool ...
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How to visualise backlog items which must be pushed to done every day

Do you have a preference for any particular software tool? In Trello for example you can use the Card Repeater feature to have new backlog items created automatically every day, week or month.
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How to use a physical Kanban board?

I agree with @fisehara as the most effective method, I would just add one extra comment. You can also break down each column with permanent swimlanes that denote the WIP limits. So if your WIP limit ...
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How to use a physical Kanban board?

1) What values does a physical Kanban board offer? Visualize all team work using a very low-tech, low-budget tool while promoting face-2-face communication between team members, collaboration, and ...
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How to use a physical Kanban board?

Given your questions, I assume you have not yet read some of the recommended books on Kanban or attended any Kanban training. I highly recommend you start by reading the book - "Kanban: Successful ...
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Handling New Issues in the backlog

[...] what is the most efficient way for me to handle these without loosing track of what items I need to prioritize? You can manage this with JIRA's JQL quick-filters. The simplest solution would be ...
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Swimlane, category or new project for grouping dependent projects in Kanboard

I would recommend you make separate boards for the independent projects unless the same team is working on all the parts simultaneously, which doesn't make much sense to me based on your short post. ...
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