Kanban on the cheap with Waffle.io and github issues

There are dozens of quality project management applications to chose from today. But most are either complex or costly. This presentation will show how you can effectively use github issues and Waffle.io. The beauty of this strategy is that most shops today use github and waffle.io does a great job of providing a visual, Kanban representation of github issues. Discover how Corgibytes.com uses Waffle.io and github issues to provide project management for multiple clients. 

The presentation will cover how to set up Waffle.io and cover strategies for effective and efficient use of Kanban. It will also cover tricks and techniques used to circumvent some of the limitations of github issues. 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Today's project management solutions
    • Scrum, Kanban, etc.
    • Pivotal Tracker, GIRA, etc.
  • What I need from project management software
    • What I'm working on next
    • What others are working on
    • History of understandings and findings during the process of researching and resolving a ticket
    • A basic strategy for estimating
  • Kanban basics
  • Setting up Waffle.io
  • Configuring github issues for use with Waffle.io
  • Using issue comments as a issue-specific knowledge base
  • SWAG
    • Our strategy for "Structured Wild but Applicable Guess"
  • Tricks and techniques to surmount github issue limitations
    • leverage markdown (i.e. simulate sub-tasks with markdown checklists)
    • linking between tickets
    • Support for attachments and images
    • auto-move ticket to the complete columin via the git commit message

Learning Outcome

  • How to effectively use Kanban
  • How to use Waffle.io
  • Strategies for tweaking github issues and Kanban
  • Best practices for communicating understandings

Target Audience

Anyone that needs to know what they are going to work on next or what others on their team are currently working on or what they or others have completed working on. Essentially anyone that wants an effective, efficient, and no-cost project management app

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  • Ben Morris
    By Ben Morris  ~  10 months ago
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    Small suggestion: spend a minute on highlighting some of the automagic aspects, like intelligent markdown type syntax (creating checklists) and auto-closing via commit message.

    • Don Denoncourt
      By Don Denoncourt  ~  10 months ago
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      Thank you. I did modify the outline based on your suggestion. I have been using checklists heavily. Even with a 4-8 hour task, there are often obvious sub-tasks. And the checklist work quite well. Also, the checklists communicate to the client where a task is. I often build checklists when I create an issue when there is an obvious list of subtasks. It is small tips-and-techniques like this that make or break a presentation.

  • Andrew Homeyer
    By Andrew Homeyer  ~  10 months ago
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    Hey Don! Andrew from Waffle here. Awesome to see you proposing a talk on Waffle; if you'd like some Waffle stickers to have with you just let us know at swag@waffle.io!


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