The word Kanban literally means "signboard" in Japanese. The process of implementing a Kanban board is to break tasks down into logical categorical steps - commonly referred to as workflow. The workflow of the Kanban board typically has three categorical steps:
- A queue, representing work to be started
- An in-progress step, representing work that is currently in-progress towards completion
- A completed step, representing work that has been completed
Each categorical step, including the queue, is limited in the number of work items assigned determined by the team or workflow manager. Work, represented as a card within the step, is added into the queue step, pulled in-progress and then moved to the final step upon completion.
To properly introduce Kanban boards, you need to know what your development workflow generally looks like you will typically want some visual way of communicating the workflow to the team.
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