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This tag is for questions related to Kanban for software development and maintenance. Kanban is an alternative method of achieving agility, using limiting work-in-progress instead of time-boxed iterations like "traditional" agile methods. Introduction and definitions of Kanban can be found at http:...

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Is it time for our development organization to let go of Scrum?

I'm part of a development organization which has traditionally been using Scrum principles. We have 3-week sprints, at the end of which we produce a software artefact which our customers install on ...
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How can I distinguish between the two interpretations of a bulge in a cumulative flow diagram?

A bulge in a cumulative flow diagram could indicate that there are blockers in this step of the value stream. Or it could indicate that this column is producing faster than the next column can pull. ...
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Is it a fallacy to use Little's Law to prove that you need WIP limits in Kanban?

I have heard the argument that Little's Law proves that you should limit the work in process in your Kanban columns, because the more work that arrives, the longer it will take to move through the ...
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If my value stream has dev followed by test, how do I model a developer who writes tests first?

I am wondering how to construct a Kanban and generate meaningful cumulative flow diagrams in a scenario where steps are not required to be performed in the same order. As an example, we might have ...
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How should I translate a requirements document into user stories?

I received a big old fashioned requirements document. But my team is working using agile methods (a combination of scrum and kanban), so what we need is user stories. Is there some guidance for "...
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How should both a Scrum team project and individual Kanban projects be handled within JIRA?

Summary We're a medium sized company that has a development team of five team members. We recently started learning/employing the Scrum method to our R&D department. Our core team has one ...
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How to organize work for a team delivering 3 connected but distinct products and stay agile

We are a team responsible for 3 products: 2 products are in active development of new functionality and are moving fast therefore work there could be classified as project 3rd product is alive and ...
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Agile Waterfall integration and delayed deployment

Our business team want long periods between deployments and once a build has been staged for their testing it must not be updated unless a fix is required. This goes against our development team's ...
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When does the team discuss requirements when using Kanban?

I have been reading a bit about Kanban and I am slightly confused on the topic of Requirements. In my current project we use Scrum. At the beginning of a Sprint, we have a session where the BA does ...
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When agile versions span multiple sprints

We're using Service Now and have 2 week sprints. Our management team want to release to production once every 6 sprints and use the term Version for this. When a story is complete in terms of ...
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Definition of “Current Task Estimate”

In the book "Agile Project Management with Kanban," the author Eric Brechner defines "current task estimate" as the sum of pending, active, and done tasks. I do not understand why "done" tasks are ...
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Are there any challenges with self-selecting/volunteering/signing up for agile tickets/tasks? [closed]

As a common practice followed by agile team members using agile methods(scrum, kanban etc), they volunteers/sign-up/pick-up/self-select tasks from the backlog using Jira/Trello/etc. What I am ...
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Scrum & Kanban Integration - How to coordinate dev team capacity?

I'm a Scrum Master of a team that is working on developing a software & maintaining its production issues. I'm planning to combine Scrum and Kanban. Where Scrum is for development, and Kanban is ...
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How to treat partially done partially cancelled cards

I use an online kanban-board for my projects. Even though I work mostly alone, it helps me keep track of what would otherwise be an Alexandran Library of post-it notes. While I'm sure my process is ...
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Kanban - Calculating using Little's Law?

I need some help in answering this question Some Info on the diagram On the left it says "Your wait time from here is about 14/18 days" The numbers at the bottom of the columns are the maximum ...
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Best practices for releasing patches that affect multiple development stories

My team uses a Kanban style approach to development where feature and bug fix stories filter through to Production as and when they are ready. We currently are using SVN as our VCS and take a feature ...
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How to include estimating and its effect on prioritization with Kanban?

I've read in several sources about Kanban. Using Atlassian's description as my current main source of information about how it works, I wonder how the effects of estimations on prioritization should ...
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Agile tools, can't find any that suits my case or I'm wrong somewhere? [closed]

We have huge modules in our project, each module has a bunch of user-stories, each story contains developer tasks. Actually, we take tasks from multiple modules, since we have some core module ...
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Scrum in combination with ad hoc bug fixes [duplicate]

I worked in a company where they tried to use Scrum but in practice it was hard to create a solid sprint backlog because they had a very active userbase, that used the software 8 hours a day, and ...
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Large internal features on kanban

This days I'm reading some tutorials/advices about Kanban process and Agile methodologies, but I have two big questions about this Kanban methodology. What I understood is user stories are about ...
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Is there any benefit to just artificially reducing WIP in a Kanban system? [closed]

So imagine this scenario: There is only 1 developer, who also is the bottleneck (testers, etc are busy on other contracts). There is a nontrivial backlog of tickets, most of which are blocked for not ...
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How do you explain agile process tool (like Scrum or Kanban) to a (traditional) project manager? [closed]

I am sure many people involved in the software development projects came up with this question, but I could not actually come up with satisfying answer. How to explain to a manager used to having a ...
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Feedback on a Kanban Board for Solution Architectects [closed]

Before I get started I need to issue a pre-emptive apology: It is very likely that some of the terminology / vocabulary I use in this post is plain wrong there is also a good chance I have entirely ...
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Kanban: How to choose work item size

Starting with Kanban, I'm not sure about how granular my work items should be. While you find lots of concrete recommendations about how to choose the WIP, most of the Kanban tutorials I've read stay ...
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Continuous Delivery: Kanban, SCRUM, or other?

I was wondering if there was an SDLC (software development lifecycle) or methodology (Kanban, SCRUM, waterfall, otherwise, etc.) that was particularly well-suited for continuous delivery systems, and ...
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Iterative process modelling on a kanban board

Kanban does assume a more-or-less linear flow. Most of the time this models software development quiet well: we crate a user story, we code it, we test it, and we deploy it. However, some internal ...
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What are common categories for Kanban and Scrum JIRA boards? [closed]

One minimal Kanban-like system has three places for cards: "To do", "In progress", "Done". As I've seen Scrum and Kanban on the web, it is maybe five or six categories. What are some of the common ...
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Should you reward based on overall project completeness or velocity?

The development team I'm in has been working on a VERY large project for months now and we recently started to implement a kanban board with agile practices into our process. We have seen MASSIVE ...
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balancing old cases with agile practices

My team is just getting started integrating agile practices (we've chosen kanban) into our dev, test and design teams, but we have a lot of bug cases and feature cases not written in user stories left ...
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Combining KanBan in a SCRUM process

Does anybody have an experience in combining KanBan in SCRUM, could this work, would this make sence or would it be an overdesign?
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Finding Bugs in Tasks

A colleague and I have run a Kanban board at 2 places of work now, introducing a kind of scrum-ban agile/lean process into the team. Helping us move towards more flow orientated work and continuous ...
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Agile and different facet of software development

It is said that the Kanban methodology is suited for software maintenance and support areas, whereas Scrum is more suited for new product development. No process or methods are complete. Using the ...
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Why has extreme programming (XP) gone out of date in favor of Agile, Kanban etc?

I like XP (extreme programming) especially the part where there are 2 programmers at the same screen since often a problem's solution gets closer if only you explain what you're doing and pair ...
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What is the role of traditional issue tracker when Scrum / Kanban board is used?

From a very high level view, to me it seems there are generally 2 types of Project Management tools: Traditional issue trackers like Fogbugz, JIRA, BugZilla, Trac, Redmine etc. Virtual card boards / ...
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Does it make sense to use Kanban if all steps are done by the same person?

In our team all task's steps are always done by the same developer. I.e for task 1, person A does design, development, and testing; for task 2, person B does does design, development, and testing, etc....
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Do you keep DONE stories in the physical product backlog?

We have our Product Backlog as a physical Kanban board with TODO & DONE column. Some of the stories are moving from the TODO column to the Sprint backlog during our planning, and then during the ...
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Lean/Kanban *Inside* Software (i.e. WIP-Limits, Reducing Queues and Pull as Programming Techniques)

Thinking about Kanban, I realized that the queuing-theory behind the SW-development-methodology obviously also applies to concurrent software. Now I'm looking for whether this kind of thinking is ...
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How do you avoid disrupting the flow of work when the Product Owner asks for a release?

My team has been using Scrum for years with a goal to deliver a potentially releasable build each sprint. We recently started using a Kanban board moving away from time-boxed delivery to feature-...
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Should technical debt be scheduled as a feature or a chore (or a bug)?

I've added a couple of user stories that address some technical debt to my Pivotal Tracker board. Should I consider them as features (keeping my velocity level) or as chores/bugs (lowering my velocity)...
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Project Management Techniques (high level)

Our software dev team is currently using kanban for our development lifecycles, and, from the reasonably short experience of a few months, I think it's going quite well (certainly compared to a few ...
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How can I track quality attributes on my team's Kanban?

My team uses a Kanban system for tracking day-to-day progress and it's worked out really well for understanding progress on features (captured as user stories). We have largely allowed our system ...
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How to specify WIP limits in Kanban?

Consider a typical Kanban board: Input, Analysis, Dev Ready, Development, Build Ready, Test, Release Ready How to specify WIP limits for each column? any formula?