A Guide To Scrumban

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Each agile methodology has its own benefits and drawbacks. This website is not about which methodology is better, but rather about the comparison of methodologies and a mixture of them for increased area of applicability.

Using agile methodology is not a panacea as some projects or teams tend to fail irrespective of which methodology they are using. However, understanding the pluses and minuses of different approaches can provide valuable insights when choosing and applying the right agile methodology.  

The effort, a broad perspective and understanding are what matters the most. We have collected theoretical and practical knowledge and we are sharing this with you. So look at it as an opinion and approach. 

Scrum

Scrum is mostly used by software development teams to increase their performance by defining working principles. The principles are based on decoupling the total scope of work into small iterations. The iterations have to be separated from one another, and still able to deliver value to the end customer. The process is measurable and repeatable with continuous improvement.

Common problems of Scrum include the following:

  • Scrum consumes time on each sprint planning, especially as sprint backlog tends to change when unforeseen issues arise
  • Scrum teams have to be cross-functional
  • Ideal scrum burn-down charts are a rare thing especially when bottlenecks are not being discovered
  • Polishing the scrum estimation is one of the hardest and wasteful parts

Kanban

Kanban is an agile methodology for increasing performance. It was started as continuous manufacturing process, which aims to remove waste and focus the efforts on the items that bring value to the end customer. The process is measurable and allows for continuous improvement.

Some common problems with Kanban include the following:

  • Kanban limits items in “work in progress” site – which is tricky, as the limits needs to be strict but allow for multitasking at the same time
  • Kanban team can be specialized, but has to work on tasks that are sitting in the queue as a highest priority if priority is used
  • Kanban is quicker to adapt, but more lose to crash it into the wall
  • Kanban is harder to predict when the task card sizes differ a lot and lead/cycle times are fluctuating

Scrumban

Scrumban is a compromise between Scrum and Kanban methodologies for increased applicability and versatility tool for product manufacturing and support focused companies.

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