30 Apr '13, 2pm

I just blogged about the Idea Board technique at #leanux #agileux

A typical Agile Inception ends with a fully fleshed-out backlog for the next few iterations, and some farther-off, coarse-grained, Epic-level ideas written on index cards. What to do with them? Some teams clip them together in a deck of cards that gathers dust and is rarely seen again. I prefer to externalize them on a foamcore board in a riff on a technique Thoughtworks calls an “Idea Board” or “Idea Backlog”. Making the Idea Board This is basically an Epic-level reverse-Kanban board that will work in concert with Pivotal Tracker. Create a few columns: “Now”, “Next”, and “Later”. Generally you’ll have 2-3 cards in the Now column, another 2-3 in the Next Column, and the rest (~20-40) in the Later column. The Idea Backlog can often fit on a half-foamcore board (4ft x 4ft), and serves a few uses: it externalizes future epics so everyone 1) is reminded they exist, and 2) can ...

Full article: http://pivotallabs.com/idea-board/

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