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Visualizing Agile Projects with Kanban Boards


We have been developing an agile project management tool called TRICHORD. "TRI" means the three viewpoints -- Time, Task, and Team -- and "CHORD" means harmony.

It works as a workplace to share project status in the whole team, providing the three levels of Kanban Boards -- Feature Kanban (Release-Feature), Story Kanban (Story-Iteration), and Task Kanban (Daily-Task) -- as described in Table 1. A Feature Kanban is supported by a Parking Lot Chart, Story, and Task Kanbans are supported by Burndown Charts.

Figure 7: TRICHORD (Kanban Boards with Burndown Charts, Parking Lots).

In addition, TRICHORD has a Niko-Niko Calendar service to share the team mood. It also works as a simple "twitter"-like SNS communication center in the projects.

Figure 8: TRICHORD Niko-Niko Calendar

TRICHORD is implemented on Eclipse RCP (Rich Client Platform), and optionally works with Trac (issue tracking system).

6 Acknowledgements

Mary Poppendieck reviewed this paper thoroughly and provided lots of advice and suggestions, for which I am most thankful.


Akira Sakata, "Niko-niko calendar", 2006 (www.geocities.jp/nikonikocalendar/index_en.html).

Kent Beck, "Extreme Programming Explained 2nd ", 2005 Addison-Wesley "Informative workspace" is a practice of XP.

Alistair Cockburn, "Agile Software Development", 2001 Addison-Wesley The word "information radiator" is first used.

Alistair Cockburn, "Crystal Clear", 2004 Addison-Wesley "Burndown/up chart" is discussed as a powerful technique.

Mike Cohn, "Agile Estimating and Planning", 2005 Prentice Hall "Burndown chart" is most deeply discussed.

Ron Jeffries, "Big Visible Chart", 2004 (www.xprogramming.com/xpmag/BigVisibleCharts.htm).
Mary and Tom Poppendieck, "Lean Software Development", 2003 Addison-Wesley

Mary and Tom Poppendieck, "Implementing Lean Software Development", 2006 Addison-Wesley. Explains Kanban in TPS and how it works as a pull process mechanism.

Ken Schwaber, et al. "Agile Software Development with SCRUM", 2001 Prentice Hall

Jim Highsmith, "Agile Project Management", 2004 Addison-Wesley. Here, Feature Kanban is called Feature breakdown structure and feature planning on whiteboard.

Stephen R. Palmer et al., Practical Guide to Feature-Driven Development, 2002, Prentice Hall. First introduced Parking Lot Chart

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