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Real-World Kanban by Mattias Skarin

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How We Got Started

The decision to try Kanban came from Company F’s CEO. The team didn’t know about Kanban until the first board went up on the wall. The board listed all work-in-progress items under the Dev, Merge, CI, and PO Test columns. Urgent items went into the Fast Lane at the top. We allowed only one item in the Fast Lane at a time.

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We didn’t change anything else in the team’s work procedure or process. The team continued to run two-week sprints, but with this board. The main difference between the new Kanban board and the previous Scrum board the team used was the fact that there was now a limit on work in progress. We talked about WIP ...

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