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Take 5 Visual Reports for Kanban

by Olga Kouzina, 11 September 2013 | 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.

In this installment of the dataviz series, I will tell about some visual reports that might be of interest for Kanban practitioners.

We all know Kanban as a process that has production flow visualized on a board. The to-dos (or work) get started in Backlog (or in the Planned or Open state), then they get to In Progress (or to any other variety thereof), and end up in Done.

Kanban flow

So, yes, we all know about Kanban, but some of you might be less familiar with the reports that go along with it. If Scrum comes with only 2 visual reports (the iteration and release burn down charts), Kanban has several of them, and you will see now how those visual reports can be of help.

Cumulative Flow Diagram

…is the first and foremost report.  It shows how work “accumulates in flow” (hence the name) with time.

cumulative flow diagram

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