Workflow Ideas for Design and Development Teams – Kanban Style

design development kanbanIt’s no secret that you don’t just pull out a good product out of your pocket and deliver it to the client. In fact, the product development process is a lot more complicated. You have to turn your client’s request and ideas into a working product, while managing teams of developers, designers, QA testers and others, who all see the project from their unique perspective.

Moreover, a lot of agencies today use methods like emails or spreadsheets to deliver information, deadlines and requirements to their teams. Those methods are simply unreliable, because if one small portion of data is missing or misplaced, the whole project can go astray. That’s why it’s essential to implement a flawless process that each team can fully understand, and that can deliver all the information that will help your teams do their job properly.

What can a process do for you?

By implementing a structured process, your teams can understand the scope of the project and its requirements. Furthermore, when project requirements are clearly defined, the teams will know exactly how much time, effort and resources they must put in the project.

Furthermore, by using a well-designed project management solution you’ll be able to get everyone working together towards the same goal, and both technical and non-technical members of your staff will be able to better understand each other in terms of reaching project’s success.

In addition, innovative workflow ideas can greatly aid developers and designers in doing their job. For instance, Kanban is a great example of an agile development approach, that helps visualize the workflow on the Kanban board, where both developers and designers can see every piece of the development process at any time. It relies on full work transparency and capacity, which ensures improved team collaboration, visualized teamwork, flexibility and faster output throughout the development cycle. Here’s an example of such workflow ideas.

Design workflow

This workflow idea helps designers balance their tasks and resources required to complete those tasks. It also gives them a clear picture about the client’s requests and how to best turn them into a working design.

design workflow kanban

  • Research – Use this tab to gather all the requirements and all the issues that need to be resolved
  • UX – Use this tab to create a plan based on the requirements you have.
  • Review – Here you can gather any feedback about the design from your clients.
  • Implementation – Once you have a clear idea of what needs to be done, you can start with the coding.
  • Final Review – this is where the client reviews your work and decides if your task is completed or if you still need to work on it.
  • Done – Allows clients to check everything that has been completed so far.

Development workflow

The development workflow idea can help developers understand the scope of the project and the timeframe in which it needs to be completed, as well as the amount of resources required for its completion. Furthermore, this workflow enables better communication between SQA and development teams, which leads to better and faster identification of bugs or malfunctions and those issues being resolved much faster.

development workflow kanban

  • Backlog – All the information and requirements about the project are stored here. Usually, the project manager gathers all the information from the client and places it here for everyone to see.
  • Next – The list of tasks required for your next sprint.
  • Sprint – A column with a start and end date. Every task in this column must be completed by the end date. If not, tasks left are on top of the priority list for the next sprint.
  • In Development – All of the task that are currently being worked on are stored here. Also, tasks that are sent for testing are stored here as well.
  • QA – Tasks that need to be tested, and if bugs or malfunctions are discovered, they go back to In Development column.
  • Code Review – Tasks that have been tested, but should be revised just in case.
  • Documentation – Everything completed so far needs to be documented and sent to the client to be reviewed, before it’s ready to be released.
  • Release – After the sprint is over, every completed task can be placed here.

By improving the workflow, development cycle’s efficiency can vastly improve. In addition, developer’s and designer’s productivity, as well as their efficiency will also improve. By implementing a flawless process, you’ll be able to deliver products in a much faster and more reliable way.

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