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Practicing Kanban Using Azure Boards

PKAB | 1 Day | Intermediate | Teams, Stakeholders

Course Overview

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.

All of our classes can be delivered in-person, or as Live Virtual Classrooms anywhere in the world.

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Topics Covered in this Workshop

  1. Introduction to Kanban
  2. Visualizing the Workflow
  3. Limiting WIP
  4. Managing for Flow

Expected Outcomes After Attending the Workshop

This course contains several modules, progressively explaining Kanban’s principles and practices and how to use
Azure Boards to support them.
– Kanban overview
– Kanban core practices
– Kanban support in Azure Boards
– Configuring an Azure DevOps project
– Managing a product backlog
– Hands-on
– 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
– Hands-on
– Work in Progress (WIP) overview
– Visualizing WIP limits
– Creating a pull system
– Splitting columns into “doing” and “done”
– Challenges with limiting WIP
– Bottlenecks
– Hands-on
– Flow-based metrics
– Cycle time vs. lead time
– Little’s Law
– Flow-based analytics
– Cumulative Flow Diagrams
– Scatterplots
– ActionableAgile Analytics
– Monte Carlo simulation
– Achieving flow and predictability
– Hands-on

You should attend this workshop if…

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.

Instructors for Practicing Kanban Using Azure Boards

Martin Hinshelwood

Scrumorg Professional Scrum Trainer, & Microsoft MVP: Development Tools

Before the class you should:

For more information, read the Kanban guide for Scrum Teams.

How will this workshop run?

There will be specific requirements for both in-person and live virtual classes that will be shown on that type of workshop below.

Assessment and Certification

There is no assessment for this workshop.

Schedule for this workshop

If you have more than 5 people to train it can be more cost-effective to have Martin come onsite and deliver a private course just for you. You can request a private course to be delivered onsite at your offices.

Practicing Kanban Using Azure Boards
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Delivery Mode: In-Person or Live Virtual
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You can view our full list of training classes as well as our specialist Scrum & Agile Courses from Scrum.org as well as our DevOps & ALM Courses from Accentient. We have a number of public classes upcoming in the next few months on our Training Schedule that might be of interested.

Course Designer

This course was designed by Richard Hundhausen, Microsoft’s first Visual Studio ALM/DevOps MVP, Professional
Scrum Trainer, and an experienced software developer.

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