Kanban Board and Visual    Controls Guide       Limited WIP Society      j.c.yip@computer.org   http://jchyip.blogspot.com...
WHY VISUAL CONTROLS?                       2
Knowledge work is invisible                 Problems with physical work are                 obvious                 Proble...
Information refrigerator vs radiator                                                   Actively makes it difficult for you...
WHAT’S AN EFFECTIVE INFORMATIONRADIATOR / VISUAL CONTROL?                                  5
Easily visible                 6
Understood at a glance                         7
Changes periodically                       8
Easy to change                 9
What’s an effective information              radiator / visual control?    •   Is large and easily visible to the casual, ...
KEY ASPECTS OF A KANBAN BOARD                                11
Key aspects of a kanban boardExplicit Policy   WIP Limits                               Workflow Work Items               ...
Key Aspects of a Kanban board•   Workflow•   Work Items•   Avatars•   WIP limits•   Explicit policy                       ...
SUPPORTING ASPECTS OF AKANBAN BOARD                          14
Colour         15
Position           16
Framing          17
Text       18
Supporting Aspects of a Kanban board• Colour: For example, colour coding for  different work types• Position: For example,...
EXAMPLES?            20
KANBAN BOARD CHECKLIST                         21
Kanban board checklistEasily visible? Understood at a glance?    –   How should an observer interpret the board? What are ...
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  • An “information refrigerator” requires you to actively pull information. It’s like having to open a refrigerator door, reach in, and retrieve the information. Example: Word document on shared file storage.An “information radiator” pushes information to you. Information radiates from it. You can’t ignore the information unless you actively try to avoid it. Example: Card wall.
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    1. 1. Kanban Board and Visual Controls Guide Limited WIP Society j.c.yip@computer.org http://jchyip.blogspot.com @jchyip
    2. 2. WHY VISUAL CONTROLS? 2
    3. 3. Knowledge work is invisible Problems with physical work are obvious Problems with knowledge work are non-obvious 3
    4. 4. Information refrigerator vs radiator Actively makes it difficult for you to Requires you to actively look for ignore information (e.g., Agile information (e.g., Word doc) board) 4http://alistair.cockburn.us/Information+radiator
    5. 5. WHAT’S AN EFFECTIVE INFORMATIONRADIATOR / VISUAL CONTROL? 5
    6. 6. Easily visible 6
    7. 7. Understood at a glance 7
    8. 8. Changes periodically 8
    9. 9. Easy to change 9
    10. 10. What’s an effective information radiator / visual control? • Is large and easily visible to the casual, interested observer • Is understood at a glance – self explaining • Changes periodically, so that it is worth visiting • Is easy to change and keep up to datehttp://alistair.cockburn.us/Information+radiator 10http://www.bulsuk.com/2011/01/three-rules-of-effective-visuals.html#axzz24LDnrXCW
    11. 11. KEY ASPECTS OF A KANBAN BOARD 11
    12. 12. Key aspects of a kanban boardExplicit Policy WIP Limits Workflow Work Items Avatars 12
    13. 13. Key Aspects of a Kanban board• Workflow• Work Items• Avatars• WIP limits• Explicit policy 13
    14. 14. SUPPORTING ASPECTS OF AKANBAN BOARD 14
    15. 15. Colour 15
    16. 16. Position 16
    17. 17. Framing 17
    18. 18. Text 18
    19. 19. Supporting Aspects of a Kanban board• Colour: For example, colour coding for different work types• Position: For example, more important items are higher on the board• Framing: For example, separate lanes for each major feature• Text: Big writing, small caps, avoid cursive 19
    20. 20. EXAMPLES? 20
    21. 21. KANBAN BOARD CHECKLIST 21
    22. 22. Kanban board checklistEasily visible? Understood at a glance? – How should an observer interpret the board? What are the policies? – What is the purpose? – What is the workflow? – What is being worked on? – Who is working on what? – What are the current problems? How easy is it to see problems? – What are the WIP limits (if any)?Changes periodically? Easy to change? – Is the board up to date? – How easy is it to keep the board up to date? 22
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