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The term Kanban comes from a Japanese manufacturing term. It helps teams improve productivity by focusing on a problem area and reducing the amount of work that a team has in progress.

Kanban board

A way to visualise the work that a team is doing based on the Kanban technique. It can be a physical or virtual Kanban board.

A simple Kanban board has three columns; ‘to do’, ‘doing’ and ‘done’, but there are different versions.

The term Kanban board is often shortened to just Kanban

Kick off

A series of team activities that they do before starting a new piece of work.

The purpose is to:

  • align the team and stakeholders around a clear goal
  • agree how the team will work
  • build relationships
  • establish a safe environment for the team to work in

The team creates a list of tasks which work with the product roadmap during a kick off.


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