Increase Your Team’s Efficiency with Kanban


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Test teams must perform a wide variety of tasks from testing new functions and performing regression tests to helping with bug fixes, producing test reports, and working on test improvements. With all these activities, it is a challenge to keep priorities straight, operate most efficiently, and clearly show stakeholders all that the team is working on. Derk-Jan de Grood shares his experiences with Kanban, a proven method for managing workflow, as a visual tool to help teams allocate resources, reduce waste, and make progress visible to all stakeholders. Learn how you can assign testers to tasks that match their expertise and how improving “flow” will reduce time-to-market and testing costs. With the Kanban process helping you manage test activities, your company’s business managers will finally understand what is happening in testing every day, and you’ll know that everyone is working on the right task to maximize value to the project.

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Increase Your Team’s Efficiency with Kanban

  1. 1. W13 Test Management 5/1/2013 3:00:00 PM Increase Your Team’s Efficiency with Kanban Presented by: Derk-Jan de Grood Valori Brought to you by: 340 Corporate Way, Suite 300, Orange Park, FL 32073 888-268-8770 ∙ 904-278-0524 ∙ ∙
  2. 2. Derk-Jan de Grood As a senior test consultant at Valori, Derk-Jan de Grood specializes in getting more out of testing by focusing on the value chain, business-IT alignment, and the team’s visibility. Being a passionate speaker, Derk-Jan is at home at major testing conferences where he tries to inspire people and help improve the test profession. He writes for leading test magazines, provides training, lectures, and is the author of TestGoal, Grip on IT, and the Dutch Testers Association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. DerkJan lead the list of the top twenty-five most visible testers in the Netherlands. Learn more at
  3. 3. 12-2-2013 Increase Your Team’s Efficiency with Kanban Goal Show you how kanban can benefit you in:     Getting testing out of crumple zone Increasing the efficiency of your team Better team Increasing visibility Derk-Jan de Grood STAREast 2013 1 2 Kanban Give me answers ! A brief introduction 3 Kanban Characteristics Kanban is a method for managing workflows and has a strong focus on reducing waste and maximizing value 5 7 1
  4. 4. 12-2-2013 TOC 8 Principles 9 Testing for business benefit 11 12 When bother? Traditional organization four situations 13 14 2
  5. 5. Maintenance department Test Center of Excellence 15 SCRUM 16 Why bother… Project Trends that make kanban interesting 17 v Mobile 18 Geographic Big Data Security Virtualization Embedded Interfaces Back-end Virtualization Continues Integration Devices Infrastructure Cloud Test Automation Emulating d 12-2-2013 Knowledge Base 20 3
  6. 6. 12-2-2013 Our test team is involved in the following activities 21 Benefits How do you keep track of activities, make sure nothing is forgotten and they are handled efficiently and with right priority 23 The board Insight in competences From reactive to steady flow Testing out of crumple zone Benefits Increase efficiency Better cooperation How to organize kanban flow 25 4
  7. 7. 12-2-2013 KanBan Challenges 27 28 How big should your work-item be? Preparation. Before you start ! 29 30 A simple board Preparation. Before you start ! 31 32 5
  8. 8. 12-2-2013 Add columns Add swimming lanes 33 Who does …. The cards what? 35 This works stimulating and makes teams perform better and have more fun 38 6
  9. 9. 12-2-2013 Wrap-up 39 40 Wrap-up Factsheet 41 42 Derk-Jan Valori Coltbaan 4a 3439 NG NIEUWEGEIN The Netherlands • • • • • +31(0)651807878 @DerkJanDeGrood 43 7