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With Kanban you don't really have the problem of the sprint ending before you are happy that a feature is fully tested and working, so there is no need for an equivalent hardening sprint. Instead you would hold the work item in the test state until you have a robust set of automated test that verify the acceptance criteria. Limiting the work in progress ...


You may want to look at TFS 2012. It now has a Kanban board in the tool. There is a preview version of the TFS service in the cloud available if you want to check it out. When I looked into it for TFS 2010, I was only able to find free Kanban tools that did not link to TFS, or paid ones like Urban Turtle that could actually integrate with TFS 2010.


In a lot of cases you work hard to have as much of your regression/performance/load tests automated and run on something like a nightly basis (since those tests can often take many hours to run, you don't want to run them with every CI build, but you do want them run regularly as often as is practical. Having the Acceptance/Regression tests for a new ...


It does seem to me that the deployment cadence is almost always of a lower frequency than the delivery (by devs) cadence. Also, that you don't get value to the customer until you pass a critical mass of components. Also, there is often a piece of legacy software that is resistant to automated testing. Also, (but not finally), stuff comes out of the woodwork ...


We used to use TFS Workbench before we upgraded to TFS 2012. Its a Windows based application but used to work well.


You might take a look at this project on Codeplex for a WIP board that you could use in as a Kanban board. It appears to be process agnostic. It does not appear to have moved out of Beta 2 so I am not sure what the level of stability is or if it is getting any work done on it any longer. It does integrate with TFS 2010 though. Visual WIP ...


Perhaps no link with TFS, but consider to use Trello: it's free and worth it!

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