This video describes the process of calculating work in progress (WIP) limits at multiple levels. It continuous to show an enhanced version of the Kanban board in LeanKit where each step is broken into two steps of "doing" and "done". The lesson explains how splitting columns improves quality of the output. The video ends up showing how the daily standup in Kanban reviews bottlenecks in the workflow.
- So, how do you come up with the numbers for WIP limits?…There are numerous ways to set a WIP limit.…Many books even mention complex formulas to calculate WIP,…but let's look at a couple of simple guidelines.…Kanban teams sometimes set WIP limits at team level.…This means the team, as a unit,…cannot have more work items than the WIP limit.…In such cases, a general guideline is to set the team WIP…to the number of team members plus a buffer.…
This buffer adds a few extra tasks…that allows team members to fall back to…if other tasks become blocked.…So a team of six people could set their team WIP limit…to their team size plus a 50 percent buffer.…So the team WIP limit for this team would be nine.…50 percent of six is three, plus the team size of six…gets the WIP limit of nine.…WIP limits can be set at each step of the process.…
A general guideline here is to find the slowest step,…the step that takes the maximum amount of time per person,…set the WIP limit of that step to the number of persons…working on that step plus a buffer,…
- Agile principles
- Scrum roles, artifacts, and rules
- Common myths and misconceptions about agile approaches
- Agile software engineering techniques
- Extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD)
- Kanban for developers
- Limiting work in progress (WIP)
- Scaling the output of agile teams
Skill Level Beginner
Agile at Work: Building Your Agile Teamwith Doug Rose55m 3s Intermediate
DevOps Foundations: Lean and Agilewith Ernest Mueller1h 26m Intermediate
What you should know1m 2s
1. Agile Fundamentals
2. Scrum: The Developer Perspective
3. Agile Software Engineering Techniques
4. Kanban for Developers
5. Scaling Agile
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