Kanban with JIRA

LeanKit is a powerful Lean-Kanban tool that enables teams to visualize and manage their work processes. It is popular with IT Operations teams because it allows more flexibility than a traditional software development tool. Meanwhile, many development teams use JIRA, an Agile tool, for issue and project tracking. Integrating LeanKit with JIRA can help you achieve greater visibility across your…

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Using Card Types to Manage Your Work More Effectively

 

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

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What You Need to Know About Taskboards vs. Connections

Have you ever wondered when to use a taskboard or connections in LeanKit? Taskboards and connections 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 connections?
Taskboards are best used when you need to break down your individual tasks. Connections are best suited for breaking down larger efforts that involve multiple team members.

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The T-Shirts of LeanKit

Our mantra at LeanKit is "You don't need permission to be awesome." We'd like to think this phrase extends from the workplace into our personal lives, and more specifically, to our personal style. Walk into our office on any given day, and you will see the many T-shirts of LeanKit.

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How to Set WIP Limits in LeanKit

LeanKit work-in-process (WIP) limits help constrain how much work can be applied to specific stages in your process (i.e., to lanes) or to individuals (i.e., to users). A key component of Kanban, WIP limits are designed to help prevent bottlenecks that hinder the continuous flow of work in a system.  LeanKit’s easy WIP limit setup -- and visual indicators that identify when limits have been met or exceeded -- can help you pave the way to limiting your WIP.
How to Assign WIP Limits to a Stage in Your Process
To set WIP limits for a lane, go to the Settings icon and click on Board Layout Editor.

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How LeanKit Says Thank You

I think Matthew McConaughey said it best in his recent Oscar acceptance speech: “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” Award shows beg these types of statements, but our hectic day-to-day schedules often cause us to forget to say “thank you.”
Today’s cultural standard is to work harder, faster and longer. With the advancement of mobile technology, accessibility and a swift response time aren't only expected, they're often required. While companies might be reporting higher productivity rates, a recent Gallup poll shows that 65% of participants felt under-appreciated at work and disconnected from their co-workers.
It turns out that “thank you” goes a long way. Gratitude not only fuels the soul, it also contributes to a company’s bottom line by decreasing turnover (workers who feel appreciated are less likely to be actively searching for a job) and increasing productivity (happy workers are productive workers). Studies have also shown that people are more likely to repeat behavior that is rewarded and appreciated.

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