Working as a team with Kanban

Keeping things simple with Kanban

Published: Thursday, Feb 22, 2024 Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2024

Kanban is an agile project management style I prefer to use in teams since it is simple, though you need to be mindful of the following:

Cards (aka issues aka tickets) need to be small and manageable.

Cards should be based on value, not tasks for a specific person.

Implementing Kanban in Jira

Configure the board, Card layout, and put “days in column” to see highlight older cards.

Add “width limits” (aka WIP limits) on the columns to encourage collaboration and moving cards across the board.

Typical ceremonies in Kanban

Pairing / mobbing to encourage collaboration.

  1. Refinement: Review the backlog and add new cards.
  2. Showcase: Demonstrate value delivered.
  3. Retrospective: Reflect on the process and improve.

Story templates

Don’t forget to formulate a definition of done, perhaps in a team’s Ways of Working document.

h2. Context

h2. Story

* AS A <role>
* I WANT  <observable change>
* SO THAT <valuable outcome>

h2. Scope

* IN

h2.  Acceptance Criteria



Focus on aging work, before starting any new work. This encourages collaboration and helps to deliver value faster.