The Board Whisperer

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October 04, 2018

The Board Whisperer

At this point in Agile's lifecycle, many teams have switched to using a Kanban Board. Some are simple, three-column trackers; others are considerably more involved. Yet, many teams don't know how to stop for a moment and listen to their board. It's gently trying to nudge them about the changes that it needs to make them a better team. Come along and learn how we can go from simple to just complicated enough, smoothly.

In a new team, we started with a three-column standard to something that fits us perfectly. Our board won't work for you, but by learning how, when, and why we made our changes, you can make a board that works perfectly for your team too. See the patterns and anti-patterns; listen to the change that your board is crying out for; and enjoy the results.

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garyfleming

October 04, 2018
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  1. 1.
  2. 2.

    “Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It

    is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.”
  3. 26.

    Signals 4 Not positive or negative 4 Not necessarily loud

    4 Attending to one may help you see way more @garyfleming
  4. 27.

    Signals 4 Not positive or negative 4 Not necessarily loud

    4 Attending to one may help you see way more 4 Conversations are a MUST! @garyfleming
  5. 42.

    Answer: Three Amigos Ensure the work is wanted, Do the

    work, check the work, ensure the work is wanted (again) @garyfleming
  6. 47.

    Answer: Push Criteria 4 "All tests must pass" 4 "Code

    review must be complete, unless pairing" 4 "Passing build pipeline to Test environment" @garyfleming
  7. 48.

    Answer: Pull Criteria 4 "Ready for Test -> Test: I've

    had a chat with the developer to learn about any issues" 4 "It's the highest value item in the column" @garyfleming
  8. 51.
  9. 55.

    "What should the WiP limits be for column X?" Affected

    by: 4 Slicing of task, 4 Complexity of task, 4 The stage of work (Dev vs test etc) 4 The people doing the work. etc. @garyfleming
  10. 69.

    The Stand-Up Dysfunction Revisited 4 A human process. 4 Conversations

    (right to left). 4 An accurate enough board. @garyfleming
  11. 71.

    No Recipes for Evolving But... 4 Items not flowing, 4

    Columns blocking, 4 Gaps in the flow, 4 Odd movement (skipping), 4 Starvation or abundance, 4 Clustering, And many more...
  12. 77.

    The real work is... 4 Individuals & Interactions 4 Collaboration

    4 Responding to change 4 Producing working software @garyfleming
  13. 78.

    The board helps by 4 Removing confusing details. 4 By

    Selecting. 4 By Elimination. 4 By Emphasising. 4 By getting at the real meaning of things. @garyfleming
  14. 80.

    “Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It

    is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.” @garyfleming