We have recently moved to using a Kanban board in JIRA. Many of our engineers use sub-tasks to organise their work and each of these sub-tasks could potentially be in a different swim lane. My question is where the parent task should be during this time? So, lets take an example:
What status should Story X be in at this point?
Any advice or recommendations would be much appreciated.
I can tell you how we handle this at my company;
SubTasks are considered very small units of work that make up a story, that in themselves can not really be tested. Therefore they only have To do, In progress and Done status. (This is an important def.)
Stories go through a full 'life cycle' adding QA, UAT and planned for release. i.e. we test/implement at the Story level, not the subtask.
With this in mind, any time a subtask is moved to 'In Progress' we consider the Story 'in progress'. The Story can not be moved to QA until all subtasks are completed (Done), and yes, If a subtask is 'blocked/flagged' so is the Story.
If you define subtasks differently, this approach will need to be modified.
Hope this helps.
That depends on the workflow for the Story and how you want to handle it!
Story X there is clearly not in a "to do" or "done" column, but I don't know what your process for stories is, so I can't tell you where it might best land.
Thanks Nic. I guess the fact that the sub-tasks are all in progress means that Story X is in progress but should it remain there if sub-task 3 is blocked? It feels like Story X maybe shouldn't be on the board at all but then it is difficult to identify the sub-tasks with their parent.
That's the difficulty for me - I don't know what your process is, or how you want to represent issues that have a mixed set of sub-tasks!
My instinct would be to keep the stories on the board, and script something that sets the "impediment flag" on a parent whenever a sub-task is transitioned into "blocked" - that way you still get to see everything
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