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Been thinking about product development organization/flow lately. Jotting down some related thoughts here.
I prefer kanban-like workboards (i.e. columns representing state, items in the column representing tasks).
Note: Example Trello board illustrating this concept available here: https://trello.com/b/XtU6b4r6/master-board-example
Note: If using Trello, I highly recommend this extension which puts the tag label into the colored tag on cards.
Since kanban lets you order cards, try to take advantage of it. i.e. keep cards in the TO DO column ordered with “next task I’m planning to do” at the top and “last task I’m planning to do” at the bottom.
I prefer to keep tagging pretty simple. The example board only has the following tags:
Project cards are ways of tracking a collection of related tasks (i.e. a project).
I believe work should be shipped when it’s ready to go (note: ready doesn’t mean “perfect”; “perfect” is the enemy of “good”). As such, I don’t usually favor adding due dates. Of course, that “only” works for ideal situations, not so much for reality – some tasks are time-sensitive. If a feature absolutely needs to hit a deadline, I’d probably set the due date on the larger “project card”.
I believe multiple boards tends to add a lot of fuzziness to the bigger picture. By using a singular board with a sensible column flow, product developments on all fronts (design, technical, growth, etc) can be viewed in-parallel.
That being said, there’s probably good reasons to use multiple boards. For example, it might make sense for BACKLOG to become its own board, as BACKLOG items are “potential work” which kind of has its own flow (columns) with regards to becoming an actual workable TO DO ticket (i.e. discussion, research, task breakdown, etc).
The “attack plan” I’d consider:
Ignore it, prune it, or create BACKLOG boards.
They seem like a waste if the Kanban board is well-organized. Consider these points:
Not covered yet: