Kanban is an evolutionary process or approach to making evolutionary changes to improve whatever process you are currently using, even Scrum!
While Scrum has had worldwide adoption and success, many teams and organizations have struggled to implement all of its aspects. Their challenges could be related to organizational and role changes, or not being able to meet iteration or release level commitments of scope and time, poor estimation and story leaks – and ultimately untested/ poor quality software. If you have faced some or all of these challenges, and are looking for ways to improve your Scrum processes, then you should be looking at Scrumban – the application of Kanban principles to Scrum.
Kanban is a process or a framework to improve what you are already doing gradually. Kanban helps you visualize your workflow, limits work-in-progress and manage the flow of work. It helps you start with what you have and gradually evolve by making changes to your processes that improve your flow and throughput – and the final product quality.
Agile methodologies around the world are evaluating, testing or have completely adopted Kanban. These teams have called the resulting ‘improved’ process Scrumban, Scrum-Kanban or just Kanban! Call it whatever you like, applying Kanban to your Scrum (or other) processes helps you take your process that is not working for you and transforms it to a process that does!
SwiftKanban; the best Scrumban tool yet!
SwiftKanban is a leading Kanban tool that also supports Scrum processes with an integrated set of Scrum features and metrics – to make an evolutionary change to your processes. SwiftKanban’s Scrum features make it one of the best Scrumban tools to give your team full support through your transition from Scrum to Scrumban and/ or Kanban!
Some useful reading on Scrumban:
- The best known research on this subject has been written by Corey Ladas in his book –Scrumban and Other Essays on Kanban Systems for Lean Software Development.
- Another great write up has been done by Yuval Yeret in his blog – “So, what is Scrumban?”
Additional questions you may have –
- How can I manage my project/ function using Kanban Board Methodology?
- How can I get started?
- How can I manage my project/ function with Kanban?
Check out some of the great resources on the right side of this page. You can also sign up for an upcoming webinar on Kanban – or look at some great previous webinars conducted by people such as David Anderson and Dr. Masa K Maeda!