Kanban Design Practitioner workshop, DigitéOf all the roles in a software or product development organization, I will argue the Product Manager’s (or Owner’s) job is the most challenging. On the one hand, the task of figuring out just what to build is complex and multifaceted. On the other hand, in any reasonably mature product organization, there is so much work that is going on and so much new demand, that the Product Manager can wish all they want in terms of product innovation and focus on the product roadmap, but failure and customer demand pretty much hijacks most of the Dev capacity in the organization.

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Tales of Lean It’s been more than 10 years since the launch of the body of work that ultimately led to the Kanban Method for knowledge teams by David Anderson. During last month’s Lean Kanban India conference (the very first official Lean Kanban conference in India), which we were very proud to co-host and be a Title Sponsor of, David presented a journey down memory lane of 10 years of Kanban. During this period, Kanban, and the Kanban Method, have emerged, depending on who you talk to, as an “alternate path to Agility”, an alternative to Scrum, a way to improve your Scrum

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SwiftKanban SwiftKanban has a new look. With the launch of version 4.0, we have not only improved the overall functionality and usability of the tool, but have also released the much awaited new User Interface. We’ve implemented a lot of changes based on your feedback. We have introduced couple of refreshing yet vibrant UI themes for SwiftKanban that will not only enhance the visual appearance of the application, but also make your viewing more experiential. The new UI brings to you distinctive color scheme options, meaningful icons, better card designs, full screen view, and lots more.

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Tales of Lean I was in Bangalore for a few days, in part to attend the Agile India 2015 conference.  The Sunday morning after the conference got done, I decided to go for a walk.  Instead of the picturesque Cubbon Park close by, I decided to go exploring the city.  In keeping with the Lean/ Kanban principles discussed at the conference, I decided to maximize flow – and turn in whichever direction the pedestrian crossings were open.  That immediately put me on Kasturba Road.  I thought fleetingly, “Of course, Kasturba Gandhi (Road) had to be next to her husband Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road!”

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Tales of Lean As the year draws to a close, the overwhelming feeling at Digité is one of gratitude! It has been a momentous year for us here at Digité – and we have our employees, customers and partners to thank for that! During the year, we saw tremendous strides in our products SwiftKanban and SwiftALM – and a surge in their usage around the globe. This has been possible due to 3 key factors.

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Tales of Lean We've spent the last couple of months squashing bugs and improving SwiftKanban in every way possible. We're pleased to announce that we've added quite a few features too; here are the highlights. Use Your Facebook Account to Signup and Login to SwiftKanban! You can set up your SwiftKanban account using your Facebook account and use that to login to SwiftKanban. It's as simple as clicking on the button.

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Productivity and ProcessesThis is a series of blogs of my thoughts on the most important of human endeavours, Work and its associated things like Productivity and Processes. This is third in the series. In this blog we explore the possibility of creating conditions for optimal experience at our work and jobs, more commonly referred to as "Flow State". A lot of sports-persons and artists refer to it as “Being in the Zone” or “In the groove”. With “Flow” productivity is high, creativity is enhanced and it is a rewarding experience in itself. It increases well being and happiness.

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Kanban BoardWe've added a couple of new features and enhanced some existing ones to make SwiftKanban even more compelling to teams working with Kanban! Here is a quick rundown. Wouldn't you love to have your Kanban board tell you what cards might be about to get delayed? SwiftKanban can now give you visual cue when cards may be at risk of delay! You can configure the number of days you want a card to be highlighted before the card's 'deadline date'. You can do this for different thresholds on different boards - this is a project level setting.

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Kanban Board How do you design your first Kanban board? This thought was triggered by a question posted by someone who works at an agency and were trying to figure out the best way to set up their Kanban board. The agency appears to be a small team working on multiple customer assignments and they wanted to use Kanban to track all of the work they do. Their challenge was 'how best to setup their board'. On the face of it, their requirements were simple enough.

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Tales of LeanI’m sure most of us have seen the famous cartoon strip about requirements management – which highlights what the customer asked for vs. what they really wanted! The same applies to software or product development processes.  Most teams have a general idea of what their development process is or looks like.  In fact a lot of them have the processes well-documented as well (altho’ not many people might be able to find that documentation! But that is a different post.)

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