Manage your development life cycle on a fully configurable and interactive storyboard.
Use the storyboard to manage the flow of backlog items through their stages of development. Design the storyboard to reflect your team's work process, and drag backlog items from column to column to track their progress.
With a fully interactive and configurable storyboard, you can now work in full Kanban mode, or in Scrum mode enhanced by a storyboard workflow and Kanban metrics.
In the image above, the board's swim lanes represent Features and the cards are colored by Assigned to.
The storyboard includes three predefined columns: Planning – In Progress – Done. These columns are fixed and cannot be configured. These are called Kanban statuses.
In addition, each team can divide the Kanban statuses into smaller stages, called lanes. Define lanes to reflect the work process that you want to follow in your team. For examples, see Customize the storyboard.
You can also set up the storyboard to display rows, or swim lanes, that represent the items' features or the users they are assigned to. You can then drag items from one swim lane to another, thereby updating the item's Feature or Assigned to field.
Using the storyboard to track a sprint's progress provides the following benefits:
You can customize the storyboard to match the workflow that you have established in your team. The storyboard also provides guidance to the team about the stages and sequence a backlog item must follow.
Purpose-designed graphs enable you to analyze the Kanban metrics collected by the storyboard. The graphs help you predict future performance, and fine tune your estimations and planning.
Manage the workload, identify stale items and respond accordingly.
Using the storyboard helps you regulate the flow of backlog items through their work stages. The tool will also help you scope a sprint more effectively, and create backlog items that are more equal in size.
These goals are achieved through the following Kanban metrics provided by the storyboard:
|WIP Limit||Set limits on the number of items that can be in each lane and Kanban status. These limits are aimed at reducing bottlenecks, and help you balance the workload across the teams. If the number of backlog items in a lane or Kanban status goes above the limit, an alert will display.|
|Time Limit||Define how long it should take to work on items at different work stages. This setting is important to alert you on items that stay too long in any particular lane or Kanban status. There may be something blocking the story, or the backlog item may simply be too large.|
|Cycle Time||Agile Manager calculates the cycle time for each item on the storyboard. The cycle time is the amount of time a backlog item spends on the storyboard between two specified statuses or lanes. Each team configures the boundaries of the cycle time. With this information you can compare the cycle times of different backlog items, draw conclusions about their sizes, and identify causes for longer cycle times.|