Hotspot Board

February 15, 2015

Used to highlight inventory waste being stockpiled, the hotspot board changes the flow positioning of elements on the board so that the centre area is high focus. With the centre highlighted in red, all “Ready for” columns return to this midzone. Team members should watch this midzone for too much work being built up and […]


Twister Board

February 15, 2015

An extension on the Hotspot Board, the Twister board limits work in progress in the hotspot zone and in the other areas of the board by adding in circles for each kanban. If you had a WIP limit for a column of three you would have one green kanban, one yellow or orange kanban and […]


Logo Portfolio Management

August 10, 2014

If you have a lot of work going on in your portfolio, using lego can be a great way to consolidate the information, highlight risk and have fun at the same time. When using a lego portfolio board you can: use duplo height to represent the value of the project use duplo colour to represent […]


Story Visualisation

August 10, 2014

Sometimes with a wall full of stories, trying to find the one story you are after can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. This technique for story visualisation aims to solve that problem by: highlighting or bolding the core need within the story putting a picture against the persona By highlighting […]


Client Niko Chart

August 10, 2014

Similar to the team’s own Niko-niko chart, this visual is useful in circumstances where you are supporting a number of clients at the same time and need to balance their needs and issues equally. This is a commercially non-sensitive example, but the essence is clear: Clients are listed in the first column Their current happiness […]


Personal Development Plan

August 10, 2014

Why would you even think about visualising your own Personal Development Plan? A: So that others around you are aware of the opportunities that you seek to grow. All too often personal development plans are kept hidden with leaders being responsible for finding opportunities that will give you the growth you need. By visualising where […]


Cumulative Flow Diagram

August 10, 2014

Created using Hakan Forss’s guide to creating a CFD in excel (http://hakanforss.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/cumulative-flow-diagram-how-to-create-one-in-excel-2010/) , the Cumulative Flow Diagram is the chart of choice to see how a team is working together and to what extent the work is naturally flowing through the value chain. The x-axis represents time. The y-axis represents either number of tasks/stories or […]


Release Burnup Chart

August 10, 2014

One of the most common forms of tracking progress to a particular date, the release burnup tracks the total number of points for a MVP or release, how that scope changes over time, how the team is delivering over time and whether the team is likely to deliver all the scope by a particular date […]


Niko-niko Chart

August 10, 2014

Do you know how your team is feeling at any point in time? The Niko-niko chart is a mood meter for your team. As their emotions and feelings change throughout the day, team members can change their stress levels on this chart, giving their peers a visual cue so that they know how much support […]


Timeline Board

August 10, 2014

For specific timebound events, such as conferences or moving where there is a critical realisation date, it can be a good idea to visualise all the work that needs to be done as it relates to time. The timeline board does this by highlighting time as it goes from left to right and putting a […]