How to Run Effective Standups and Retrospectives


Step three of The Kanban Roadmap: How to Get Started in 5 Steps

As a systems-thinking methodology, Kanban calls for team members to take collective responsibility for team priorities. Rich conversations about the work are a must-have. They help the team discover bottlenecks, resolve issues, focus on flow, and continuously improve their process. To facilitate these discussions, teams often adopt standups and retrospectives.

  • Standups receive their name because teams meet while standing, rather than sitting, when gathered around their Kanban board. Standing encourages brevity and staying on task.
  • Retrospectives are held on a regular basis, whether weekly, bimonthly, or monthly. They give the team a focused opportunity to evaluate the health of the system, make adjustments, and devise experiments.

When implemented effectively, standups and retrospectives are powerful tools for teams that seek transparency and open collaboration. Without targeted discussion, however, standups can morph into what’s-on-my-schedule recitations, and retrospectives can turn into personnel critiques. The next two activities will help keep your team focused on the work and the process, while laying the groundwork for a team culture of continuous improvement.

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Filter Enhancements for an Even Clearer View

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Do you know which cards are stuck and require attention, what’s due within the next week/month/quarter, or what cards are assigned to you? These are just a few of questions that can be answered with LeanKit’s advanced filter functionality.

Upcoming filter enhancements will make it even easier for you to get a focused view of your work.

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Using Card Types to Manage Your Work More Effectively

Card Types


In LeanKit, teams can customize their card types to match the nature of their work. Card types for a software development team might include user stories, defects, features, and improvements. For an IT Operations team, they could be desktop support, server support, maintenance, and implementation.

LeanKit lets you define your own card types as colors or icons, making it easier to:

  1. Visualize different types of work more easily
  2. Filter your board to isolate certain types of work
  3. Report on specific types of work to identify opportunities for improvement

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