This means you can set up your Scrum project the way you want: adopt and adapt Agile to make it work in your organization. (After all, every organization is different, so why would one size fit all?)
You can share a common Backlog of user stories across multiple Scrum Boards:
You can have as many Backlogs in your account as you like – because you can have as many boards in your account as you like :-)
And what's really cool about Kerika is that you can pull items from several different Backlogs into the same Scrum Board!
Here's how it's done: just click on the Board Settings button on the top-right of any board and you change the Backlog you are going to use on your Scrum Board.
And, as you can see, you can also easily switch from Scrum to Kanban, and back again, with a single mouse-click!
Inside each card on a Scrum Board you can capture your ideas and specific work items, large or small.
Cards can also be linked to each other, or to other boards.
You can add tasks to each card, to track all the little things (and big things) that need to get done before that card can be considered "done".
Each task can be assigned to any Team Member — or several Team Members — and each task can be scheduled separately.
Kerika makes sure that dates and assignments are rolled up to the card level, so when you look at a board you can easily see when the card is really due, and everyone working on every task on that card.
You can chat about your ideas or tasks, right on the card itself.
These conversations can get pushed to you as emails, if you like, and they remain forever connected to the card making it easy to retrieve even months after a Scrum iteration (Sprint) has finished.
You can attach content to every card on a Scrum Board:
Each iteration (Sprint) can be set up as a separate Scrum Board, with it's own team and privacy settings.
Tags and color coding makes it easy to filter your view of large boards: we have seen some large teams work with boards that contain over a thousand cards at a time!
Every Scrum Board can have its own custom workflow, and if you want to capture your organizations best practices or standard methodologies, that's super-easy with Kerika's Templates feature.
Every user can create a personal library of process templates that can be used to start new boards faster.
WIP Limits are great if you want work to get "pulled" as people become free, rather than work having "pushed" onto people before the people ready.
WIP Limits as "soft": Kerika doesn't stop you from exceeding a column's WIP Limit, but it does provide a clear, visible warning to everyone that a bottleneck is about to form.
Board Admins can easily see bottlenecks appear, and intervene to help manage the upstream flow of work.
Templates can include both workflow (the set of columns that make up a Task Board, representing the steps or phases of the project), and cards (the tasks for the project).
Every user can build as many templates as they like, and share them with others or keep them private.
Here, for example, is a template that can be used to use Google's Design Sprints. (It's one of the many templates that Kerika provides: we keep adding to our collection, to make it easier for our users to get work done faster!)
Kerika makes it super-easy to have all your Due Dates appear in your Apple, Microsoft, or Google Calendar.
(Here's an example of how you can synch up with your Google Calendar.)