Should a Kanban board show who is doing what?



  • Let's suppose that a team is developing a software product. Should we indicate assignees on Kanban cards? Isn't it an anti-pattern in Kanban?



  • Why would this be an anti-pattern? One of the Kanban principles is about visualizing the workflow. Being an Agile practices, it's also about transparency. Look at the board and you have an image of what's going on. That means what work is in progress and - if you have an assignee on the card - who is working on the items.

    If you find it useful, you can add an assignee. If it's not useful, or it's too much hastle to keep this field up to date (assign, re-assign, more people working on the same card, etc) then don't add it. Either way is fine, and neither way is wrong.


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