Tracking your Team’s Work with SwiftKanban

It’s the Little Things that Count!

One of the core Kanban principles is working with small batch sizes for achieving greater flow and output. In the context of software, this means small and continuous releases where you shorten the release cycle for faster time to market.

As a development manager, it means that you need to continuously keep track of work being completed against the cards on the board and look for card updates from time to time. For any reasonable sized team, that can mean tracking a lot of cards on the board at any time. In spite of the visual nature of a Kanban board and the ability to track card movement, one can have their hands full trying to see what changed, what got updated, what code got checked in, etc. Read More…

A Peek into the TC World Conference

TC World India 2016February in Bangalore is warm. And it became warmer on 25 and 26 Feb, when more than 300 technical communicators and language professionals across the world hobnobbed with each other at the annual TC world conference, held at ITC Gardenia, Bangalore. This annual event, jointly organized by #tekom and #TWIN, has gained tremendous popularity and wide-spread appreciation for creating a robust platform that promotes healthy discussion and insightful sessions on emerging trends, technologies, and best practices in the field of technical communication. Read More…

How to handle Defects found in User Stories during Development?

defect_userstoryWe often hear the question – In Kanban, what should we do if a User Story in Test column is found to have a bug that needs to be fixed?

Let’s say the workflow is something like this: Todo -> Development -> Test -> Release

If a User Story has completed Development and moved to Test, and a tester finds a bug, what should we do to that User Story? Is it right to leave that User Story in Test and the developer should stop their current development work to fix this Defect first? If so, does this mean that developers must be interrupted all the time to clear the bugs found in Test? Is this a better than moving the User Story that has bug back to Todo or Development phase?

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Kanban – The Product Manager/ Owner’s BFF!

Kanban Corkboard Word ConceptOf all the roles in a software or product development organization, I will argue the Product Manager’s (or Owner’s) job is the most challenging. On the one hand, the task of figuring out just what to build is complex and multifaceted. On the other hand, in any reasonably mature product organization, there is so much work that is going on and so much new demand, that the Product Manager can wish all they want in terms of product innovation and focus on the product roadmap, but failure and customer demand pretty much hijacks most of the Dev capacity in the organization. Read More…

2016 – The Year of Kanban and ESP

business, people, success and technology concept - happy smilingIt’s been more than 10 years since the launch of the body of work that ultimately led to the Kanban Method for knowledge teams by David Anderson.

During last month’s Lean Kanban India conference (the very first official Lean Kanban conference in India), which we were very proud to co-host and be a Title Sponsor of, David presented a journey down memory lane of 10 years of Kanban. During this period, Kanban, and the Kanban Method, have emerged, depending on who you talk to, as an “alternate path to Agility”, an alternative to Scrum, a way to improve your Scrum, a Visual Project Management method, and of course, what it was always originally intended for – a method for improving whatever you do! Read More…

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