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Scrum or Scrumban or Kanban - Continuing the discussion

  • May 21, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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Last month we discussed some of the challenges Scrum presents to teams over time and how Scrumban can help overcome these. 

This month we continue that discussion by sharing experiences from a variety of our meetup members and looking at ways Kanban metrics can help us understand our team's effectiveness.


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  • Buc R.

    Great discussion - saw a lot of commonality with some of the weaknesses of "pure scrum", and some really useful perspectives presented. One thing to add to scrum weaknesses is the bias toward breaking down all stories so they can be finished by the scrum end-sprint boundary - leads to decompositions that serve the process rather than the project, and a tendency toward end of sprint to pick up small things rather than the highest-value things.

    With Kanban you instead focus on cycle time and keeping that short, which is a much healthier thing and leads to higher throughput over the long haul - if using a scrum-sprint boundary with kanban, it mainly serves as a retrospective / release cadence mechanism rather than to hit the unrealistic goal of a clean slate for every start-sprint planning meet - better to plan on a JIT basis.

    Book recommendation: "Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business", Dave Anderson - discusses queues, "classes of service" SLA approach

    May 22, 2014

  • Bobby T.

    Apologies there is a conflict - Cloud camp Chicago is on the same night.

    May 16, 2014

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