We are farily new to agile development and just starting to use Greenhopper for a new project. The initial items we are working on are pretty much foundational tasks. If we started to use Kanban as a method for development initially on our project and then switched to use the Agile method within Greenhopper in 3 months, will this mess up our calcuated velocity? Basically trying to see if the velocity between the two are comparable..or if we would have to start over again to determine our velocity. We are planning on using story points based on fibonacci and then use actual hours for the estimate when the work begins.
Kanban is generally used to work through prioritised tasks, whereas SCRUM is used generally to work though user stories. In this context Velocity between the 2 systems would not be comparable.
You are considering using Kanban to work through some intial user stories it seems. An option to consider instead is to have a Sprint 0 - http://www.infoq.com/news/2008/09/sprint_zero
Even if you use Kanban, it makes a lot of sense to track how many Story Points your team burns every week, two weeks or month.
In JIRA Cloud you can see this by using the Great Gadgets add-on (https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.stonikbyte.great.gadgets.plugin/cloud/overview). There is a newly added gadget named "Kanban Velocity" that calculates the velocity based on a JIRA issue filter or Kanban board and specific time intervals (instead of sprints).
Read more about the Kanban Velocity gadget here: https://bitbucket.org/StonikByte/great-gadgets-add-on/wiki/Home#!kanban-velocity-gadget
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