Lean Startup Kanban Boards Examples

In a blog post today on agilefocus.com, William Pietri outlines his approach to tracking experimental work through the value stream of a Lean Startup. Being a “Lean Startup” ourselves (though we don’t really think of ourselves as a “startup”…but close enough), I found this line of thought intriguing. So, I decided to take a crack at modeling William’s proprosed kanban board layout using LeanKit Kanban. Here are a couple of examples of ways that this “experiments” flow could be modeled, based on the drawings in William’s blog post. (click on each image to view larger size).

Lean Startup Kanban Example 1

Separate backlogs for features/experiments, and parallel workflows. Showing ‘released’ on the board itself.


Lean Startup Kanban Example 2

A slightly different take, with ‘released’ moved into the archive (not shown).

Chris Hefley

Chris Hefley is a co-founder of LeanKit. After years of coping with “broken” project management systems in software development, Chris helped build LeanKit as a way for teams to become more effective. He believes in building software and systems that make people’s lives better and transform their relationship with work. In 2011, he was nominated for the Lean Systems Society’s Brickell Key Award. Follow Chris on Twitter @indomitablehef.

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