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Implementing Kanban in IT Operations – Digité

Wincor-Nixdorf 1 Most projects and business activity have a ‘flow’ or a ‘process’, comprising adjacent steps or phases, to produce a product or to deliver a service, to internal customers or external customers. Kanban is the way many teams and organizations visualize their work, identify and eliminate bottlenecks and achieve dramatic operational improvements. Kanban is an evolutionary approach to change and improvement irrespective of the method or framework currently in use. SwiftKanban honours this philosophy of Kanban, enabling Lean improvement approach…

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Kanban Board Game

Kanban and the Importance of Work In Progress (WIP) Limits

Kanban Design Practitioner workshop, Digité
It started on a rainy August morning of 2016 in Mumbai. I was thrilled to be attending the Kanban Design Practitioner workshop and was eager to learn Kanban concepts that originated on the manufacturing floor of an automobile company. The concepts are now being relentlessly applied in Agile practices of Information Technology organizations across the world. I hoped to understand the concepts that made the Kanban approach so universally popular. The masterclass started by introducing what essentially is Kanban and the very important concepts around ‘Flow’ and ‘Visualization’.

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Personal Kanban

How Granular should my (Personal) Kanban Board be?

Portfolio Management This question comes up not only in Personal Kanban but also for teams and enterprise (portfolio) kanban boards as well. It is a great question – and quite often tricky to answer! What should be the level of work breakdown that gets visualized on the Kanban board? Should each card on your Kanban board be a project or a mini-project? Or should be each task that you can think of that you need to do at the lowest (smallest duration) level? Software development team using Agile methods might typically have an easier time with this question…

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product-updates

SwiftKanban iOS app Update

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We have just released an update for the SwiftKanban iOS app! This update implements a big feature request from our customers! It implements the “Move card” functionality that allows users to move cards on their Kanban board wherever they need. Just select the card, click the ‘Move’ icon on the bottom right – and you can choose where to move it! We have made simple UX tweaks and fixed a few minor bugs to enhance the usability and functionality of the app.  Please check out the update and let us know how you like it!

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product-updates

SwiftKanban Feature Update Release – Sep 2016

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The SwiftKanban team at Digité has released a major update recently with a view to support Enterprise Services Planning with Kanban. With this new update we have added the most sought out feature of customizing the information that a user can see on Kanban cards in the Kanban board view. Here are some of the highlights of this update. Enhanced Portfolio Swim Lane – The Portfolio feature has been enhanced to a greater extent so that you have the flexibility of measuring and managing the progress of the parent-level cards…

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Upstream Kanban

SwiftKanban Feature Update – Sept 2016

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With the latest update to SwiftKanban, we have made some exciting progress in supporting Enterprise Services Planning, Upstream or Discovery Kanban – and Portfolio Management with Kanban. At the same time, we have tackled one of the most needed, and fairly tricky, feature of customizing the information one can see on Kanban cards in the Kanban Board view. Upstream Kanban and Minimum WIP Limits. Enterprise Services Planning helps organizations focus on the need to look at various organizational functions (departments) as services that need to be delivered smoothly…

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SwiftKanban Comment Notification

Tracking your Team’s Work with SwiftKanban

Swiftkanban Board Activity Log
One of the core Kanban principles is working with small batch sizes for achieving greater flow and output. In the context of software, this means small and continuous releases where you shorten the release cycle for faster time to market. As a development manager, it means that you need to continuously keep track of work being completed against the cards on the board and look for card updates from time to time. For any reasonable sized team…

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Stop Starting and Start Finishing

A Peek into the TC World Conference

Stop Starting, Start Finishing
February in Bangalore is warm. And it became warmer on 25 and 26 Feb, when more than 300 technical communicators and language professionals across the world hobnobbed with each other at the annual TC world conference, held at ITC Gardenia, Bangalore. This annual event, jointly organized by #tekom and #TWIN, has gained tremendous popularity and wide-spread appreciation for creating a robust platform that promotes healthy discussion and insightful sessions on emerging trends, technologies, and best practices in the field of technical communication.

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Defect User Story

How to handle Defects found in User Stories during Development?

Kanban Design Practitioner workshop, Digité
We often hear the question – In Kanban, what should we do if a User Story in Test column is found to have a bug that needs to be fixed? Let’s say the workflow is something like this: Todo -> Development -> Test -> Release. If a User Story has completed Development and moved to Test, and a tester finds a bug, what should we do to that User Story? Is it right to leave that User Story in Test and the developer should stop their current development work to fix this Defect first? If so, does this mean that developers must be interrupted all the time to clear the bugs found in Test?

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Cost Of Delay

Kanban – The Product Manager/ Owner’s BFF!

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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