Practicing Kanban Using Azure Boards
All software development teams have a desire to increase their flow and throughput. With the powerful combination of Kanban and Azure Boards, they can do just that.
This one day course will introduce Kanban and demonstrate how an agile team can configure and use Azure Boards to effectively practice Kanban, achieve flow, and begin improving throughput and predictability.
To maximize learning, students will work in teams, in a common team project, on a common case study.
This course contains several modules, progressively explaining Kanban’s principles and practices and how to use Azure Boards to support them.
INTRODUCTION TO KANBAN
- Kanban overview
- Kanban core practices
- Kanban support in Azure Boards
- Configuring an Azure DevOps project
- Managing a product backlog
VISUALIZING THE WORKFLOW
- Kanboard board overview
- Kanban board vs. a backlog
- Kanban board vs. a taskboard
- Defining the workflow
- Making policies explicit
- Definition of Done
- Defining classes of service (swimlanes)
- Defining task checklists and inline tests
- Filtering the board
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Work in Progress (WIP) overview
- Visualizing WIP limits
- Creating a pull system
- Splitting columns into doing and done
- Challenges with limiting WIP
MANAGING FOR FLOW
- Flow-based metrics
- Cycle time vs. lead time
- Little’s Law
- Flow-based analytics
- Cumulative Flow Diagrams
- ActionableAgile Analytics
- Monte Carlo simulation
- Achieving flow and predictability
Some familiarity with DevOps processes and Agile is recommended.
This course is appropriate for all members of a software development team, especially those who are actively involved with creating and refining a product backlog as well as planning and executing the work.
This course will also provide value for individuals outside the development team (managers, Scrum Masters, coaches, and other stakeholders) who are interested in establishing and improving flow for their team.
Even teams currently practicing Scrum should consider attending this course, as Kanban is a great complementary practice for managing and improving their flow.