Many teams find it useful to identify and track the size — or amount of work — associated with each work item. LeanKit lets you easily assign a size value to each card, manage your WIP based on card size, and run reports using size as a variable.
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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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.
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:
- Visualize different types of work more easily
- Filter your board to isolate certain types of work
- Report on specific types of work to identify opportunities for improvement
Have you ever wondered when to use a taskboard or a drill-through board in LeanKit? Taskboards and drill-through boards are both designed to assist with visualizing the breakdown of work, yet they have distinctly different uses. In an interview with a panel of our product experts, we learned that each option offers its own unique advantages.
What’s the main distinction between taskboards and drill-through boards?
Taskboards are best used when you need to break down your individual tasks. Drill-throughs are best suited for breaking down larger efforts that involve multiple team members.