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Our Evolution of Visual Process Management

by Olga Kouzina, 4 March 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

This post is from Edge of Chaos | Agile Development Blog by Olga Kouzina. Click here to see the original post in full.

I’ve poked around the subject of visual process management in my previous articles, accentuating the complexity and non-linearity of software production process, and how a traditional Kanban board fails to visualize the diversity of organizational contexts and workflows. ¬†With that in mind, I’ve introduced a concept for a universal visual process management system that is capable to embrace this diversity and linearity on one screen, with flexible zoom-ins and switches, and called it Multiban.


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