How to break down work in Kanban?
In Kanban, how can we break down work? Lets say we have a task of setting up a new server. To do so it requires some investigation, a purchase, physical mounting, configuring the software etc.
When placing this task in a Kanban, how do we handle the sub-tasks of the main task? Should we divide the big task into many small tasks and drag those through the system or should we just keep the big one (with no subtasks) and drag that through the system?
In Kanban, how can we break down work?
You first need to answer
In Kanban, why do I break down work?
Is there any specific reasons to break down the work? How would this help your team?
Then, for each reason, you might want to answer:
- How can I restructure my Kanban so that I can cope with this problem?
- Can I address this specific problem instead of work around it?
As a side note, the approach might slightly diverge if you're using a physical Kanban or a Virtual one.