Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Why shall I split the columns in the Kanban Board?

A very interesting discussion came out at the SmartDevsUG meeting last night about the Kanban Split Columns in TFS and VSO. What is the real rationale behind it in a real world project? Why should I have a Resolved column split in Doing and Done, for example?


Without taking into consideration the Kanban principles behind this tool, I have an easier explanation. If you step back from the technical stuff for a moment and you think about the business side of it, it is pretty clear.

For example, you are working on a customer hotfix for your product – the code is done, the fix is tested thoroughly and you are technically done. But you aren’t completely done – did you deliver the hotfix to the customer? Or from a different perspective, is it billed? Until this hurdle isn’t cleared, you are in a Resolved-Done situation.

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