Integrating Part Time Workers (Students/Interns) into a Kanban System



  • Out team is transitioning to a "ScrumBan" way of working. We have set up WIP limits. We have two half-time student workers in our team. This won't change (plus we like them anyways).

    The team has correctly stated that work is sitting in columns (eating up WIP limits) on the students' days off. I'm happy that they have noticed this, it shows that the board and WIP limits are helping them see waste.

    My question is, what strategies could we employ so that we can reduce this waste of unfinished work sitting in "In Progress" for 2.5 days a week?

    • I'm hesitant to increase WIP, because we shouldn't be starting more work, when there is still unfinished work.
    • I believe there's a simple solution: All Part timers must pair program with full-time developers...all the time. But that seems heavy handed?

    I'm looking forward to getting some advice here. Thank you!



  • I believe there's a simple solution: All Part timers must pair program with full-time developers...all the time. But that seems heavy handed?

    I have worked with teams that pair on all work and it has been highly effective.

    The developers will need to think carefully about how they pair to ensure they maximise the benefits of this approach.

    There are lots of excellent books and articles that can help you with this, such as On Pair Programming on the ThoughtWorks blog.



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