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A modern Kanban Board for Software Teams — Part 1 of "How to build the best Software Products"


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Part 1 of the "How to build the best Software Products" Series, brought to you by

A modern Kanban Board: 5 Key Steps for your effective Project Workflow

1. Establish a Workflow
2. Define Stage Policies
3. Visualize Work
4. Define Work-in-Progress (WIP) Limits
5. Continuously Improve

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A modern Kanban Board for Software Teams — Part 1 of "How to build the best Software Products"

  1. 1. Brought to you by How to build the best Software Products A modern Kanban Board for Software Teams Part 1
  2. 2. 5 Key Steps to a modern Kanban Board
  3. 3. 5 Key Steps to a modern Kanban Board Continuously Improve 1 Establish a Workflow Define Stage Policies Visualize Work Define WIP Limits 2 3 4 5
  4. 4. Customize your workflow by creating stages. Establish a Workflow Pro Tip Aim to minimize the number of stages, so you can effectively identify bottlenecks in your workflow. For example: 1 To Do In Progress Done
  5. 5. Describe what each stage is in a stage policy. This clarifies what it means for a card to be in a stage. ! Considerations or requirements that should be met at a certain stage of the process can be defined as well in a stage’s policy. ! Define Stage Policies Pro Tip Stage policies set quality standards and minimum requirements for cards to be in a specific column. 2
  6. 6. Knowing how the project is going should only take a quick glance. ! Keep your board relevant by dragging cards into their appropriate stages. Visualize Work Pro Tip Mark cards as ‘Ready’ and ‘Blocked, so your team can quickly see what’s important. 3
  7. 7. Ever feel like you’re doing too many things at once? ! We do. ! Set WIP Limits to win back your focus, by limiting the amount of work you do in each column. Define WIP Limits Pro Tip If you bring in too many tasks into a column with WIP limits, we give you a gentle reminder that you’re likely trading focus for doing that extra task. 4
  8. 8. How can I improve? Look at the trends. ! Regularly view key metrics, like high cycle time and your most recently shipped work, to determine where you can improve. Continuously Improve Pro Tip Look for metrics that are out of the ordinary and discuss why these anomalies have occurred. Improvements (and suggestions) nearly always follow. 5
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