If you have heard about Lean and Kanban software development, one thing you might be doing is measuring the cycle time for the cards in our project, meaning the time between when a card is started until it’s finally done.
I’ve been doing it for a while, and have tried a couple of ways to actually get the data so far, going from having a spreadsheet where I would keep all the dates when cards transitioned (very detailed and very complex to maintain) to the usual noting down those dates in the card itself (less complicated but still troublesome, since people would forget to write on the card when they moved it).
Since I’ve started my last project, Herry introduced me to a new way, which as most good ideas, is so simple and good that I wonder how I had never thought about it.
The way we have been doing now is using stickers to keep the count of the number of days a card has been on the board. Whenever it starts to get played, we apply one _put your favourite colours here_ sticker to it for every day it is in play until it’s done. We currently just have two states in our board (doing and accepting) so we have two different colours to track the days in each specific stage.
The reason I find it much simpler is because you don’t have the problem of getting dates wrong anymore, or have to remember to note things on cards when they move. The only action needed is to apply a sticker to every card being played after the standup.