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Implementing Scrumban Using the Kanboard Tool

22 August 2017

Sudharshan Kumar
Siemens Healthcare Private Limited

A hybrid of Scrum and Kanban, Scrumban is an Agile project management method that promotes the best practices and rules of both frameworks. Kanboard is a Web-based tool with built-in features that support the Scrumban principles.

Here's a summary of Kanboard's benefits and features that will help you understand more about the tool and decide whether it is suitable for your organization.

Advantages of Kanboard

When compared to the Scrum board, the following benefits help you to determine whether Kanboard is the best solution for your team.
  • View the overall status for all current project activities.
  • Track work from multiple views; no need for a manual board.
  • Easily track effort (Actual, Planned, and Remaining).
  • Implement Scrumban with little effort from all project team members.
  • Track nondevelopment-related tasks.
  • Dynamically reveal bottlenecks in the software development process.
  • Address blockers based on priority.
  • Collaborate (comment, subtasks) with all team members in real time.
  • Control multitasking per work flow state by setting the limit on the number of work-in-progress activities. Avoid starting new tasks on top of current tasks, and also avoid task switching.
  • Implement Acceptance Drive Development.
  • Install plug-ins to integrate with external services.
  • Access the software from anywhere using any supported browser.

Kanboard features

Kanboard offers the following features to visually communicate and manage the status of the software development progress.
  • Create, modify, duplicate, and delete tasks.
  • Break down tasks into subtasks, and estimate the time or the complexity of each task.
  • Add or change comments, documents, categories, assignees, and due dates.
  • Manage software releases, or anything else, by dividing the board into several sections using horizontal demarcations called swimlanes.
  • Automate your work flow to avoid repetitive manual tasks. Automatically change the assignee, colors, categories, due dates, and other parameters based on events.
  • Automatically track the time spent on subtasks and tasks using Effort Tracking (Actual, Planned, and Remaining). Compare the time spent to the time estimated.
  • Visualize the time line of your projects and allocate resources effectively.
  • Find tasks quickly by using filters and searches via a simple query language.
  • Analyze and improve your work flow by using the cumulative flow diagram or the burn-down chart.
  • Easily install the free and open-source software.

This article was coauthored by Ramakrishna Bhat.

Opinions represent those of the author and not of Scrum Alliance. The sharing of member-contributed content on this site does not imply endorsement of specific Scrum methods or practices beyond those taught by Scrum Alliance Certified Trainers and Coaches.

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