Fact sheet: Kanban for test organizations

Together with a client I was discussing the advantages that kanban can have for his test team. He was really interested. In order to help him communicate our ideas within his organization and get people informed and motivated I made a fact sheet.

Afterwards I made it more generic and translated it to English so others can benefit from it. Click on link for a high-resolution PDF in both Dutch and English: Kanban fact sheet (UK and NL)

About derkjandegrood

Derk-Jan de Grood, works for Squerist as senior test consultant and agile advisor. As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements and agile implementations. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published “Agile in the Real World”, a book on SCRUM. Derk-Jan won several awards including the prestigious European Testing Excellence Award in 2014
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4 Responses to Fact sheet: Kanban for test organizations

  1. Nice – hopefully it really works like that for some, but feedback I get is: waste of time in too many meetings, and stories are not refined enough nor reviewed properly ahead of time.
    I’m not even starting to talk about regression in companies with large features legacy.

    (BTW – English version need some additional review)


  2. Hi Kobi, Thanks for your reply.

    I believe the kanban meeting can replace the ordinary daily meeting that is often being held. And like when the meeting is kept short (e.g. like scrum meeting) that should not be a problem should it? Or do you have experience otherwise?

    Regarding the stories that are not refined enough. Do you mean that testing is hindered by the lack of detailed design? That is of course a problem, but will be a problem if you manage your work flow in a traditional way, would it not?
    If you would like to elaborate on that, please do.

    I will do a language check as you suggested….
    Looking forward to your response,



    • Hi,

      Yes, I guess some of these might not work well on other working methods too,
      An of course what I experience might be wrong implementation – that is why I am interested to hear from others – how does it work for them.

      As to stories, I guess in some cases no one reviews stories in the backlog, till these are assigned to a sprint, and by then it might be too late to improve,
      the other hand reviewing these too early might mean a waste of work on items which will never be developed.
      How would you tackle that?



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