Positive Incline Mike Burrows (@asplake) moving on up, positively

March 2, 2015

Featureban updates, March ’15 edition

Filed under: Kanban,Training,Values — Tags: , , , , — Mike @ 3:58 pm

I’ve recently facilitated a number of Featureban sessions:

This coming Thursday evening I’ll be in Derby, the guest of Agile Derby. It’s not often that I get to do Kanban-related stuff so close to home, so I’m delighted!

I’ve made some updates to the deck:

  • Encouragement in slide 5 for players to discuss their moves in a “standup” meeting.
  • “One of” and “Both” in slide 5 and what is now slide 8 are shown in bold. These are easily missed if not emphasised by the facilitator.
  • An additional debrief slide after each of the first two rounds, mentioning over the course of the two rounds all six core practices and their corresponding values (five out of nine). Feedback on this change has been very positive.

In the second debrief, facilitators should draw a distinction between visual management and the operation of true kanban systems. I make a point not to mention “collaboration” until it is mentioned from the floor (which it will, without fail). The likely mention of “multitasking” is the invitation to discuss how we have succeeded in limiting work in progress across the whole flow, and why that’s important.

A French translation is now available and a German translation is in the works; ping me for an introduction if you need one. If you’d like to make a new translation or any other derivative work you don’t actually need my permission (Featureban is published under a sufficiently friendly license) but do drop me a line if you’d like the original PowerPoint slides rather than the PDFs (see the Resources link above).


  1. Hi Mike

    When I’ve been running this, I’ve not had the teams “reset” between rounds (although I’ve only ever run the 1st 2 rounds so far). This has helped show how WIP limits help flush a clogged system, and how teams might do the same when they first introduce limits. I’m wondering whether you do the same, or whether you restart from a clean board every round?


    Comment by Karl Scotland — March 13, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

  2. Hi Karl, you guessed right – it’s better not to reset the board between rounds 1 and 2. If doing round 3, we sometimes reuse completed stickies to save time on replenishment.


    Comment by Mike — March 13, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

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