This course starts with a quick overview Scrum and Kanban – analyzing their strengths, weaknesses and the differences between the two – before guiding students through the process of merging the best of both frameworks for their given situation.

Using Scrumban enhances organization agility, improves visibility of work flowing through the process and provides greater transparency of impediments that inhibit throughput. During this course, participants will learn how to implement Scrumban as well as all of the controls and reporting necessary to monitor the flow of work. Labs, case studies and examples are used to reinforce how to best implement Scrumban.

An optional fourth day is available during which an instructor will work with your organization to design a roadmap for implementing Scrumban in the existing processes using the one-day kick-start workshop method.

Audience: This workshop is for experienced Scrum and Kanban team leaders, project managers, program managers and team members desiring to merge Kanban and Scrum.
Course Duration: 3 to 4 Days

Completion of an Agile fundamentals or an equivalent type course for Scrum or Kanban is recommended.

Course Objectives:
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of Scrum and Kanban
  • Learn how to merge Scrum and Kanban, exploiting the strengths and minimizing the weaknesses of both
  • Learn how to evolve from pure Scrum or Kanban to an optimized Scrumban implementation
  • Learn how to integrate the key processes, tools and concepts from both Scrum and Kanban
  • Discover and examine potential solutions to your most challenging impediments
  • Gain insights regarding how to promote pragmatism to overcome the Scrum purists
  • Learn how to kick-start a Scrumban initiative in one day
Course Outline:
  • Scrum and Kanban Overview
    • Scrum Overview
    • Scrum’s Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Kanban
    • Kanban’s Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Scrum and Kanban at a Glance
    • Why Scrumban is the Answer: 19 Proven Benefits
  • Migrating to Scrumban
    • Setting the Stage
    • Address the Cult of Scrum
    • Adopt Systems Thinking
    • Make Our Flow Visible
    • Optimize the Value Stream
    • Determine Our Mix of Story-Driven versus Event-Driven Work Items
    • Determine Our Mix of Work Item Size
  • Stage One Scrumban – Adding Pull to Standard Scrum
    • What We Keep and What We Modify
    • Kanban Cards
    • Add Pull
    • Set WIP Limits
    • Create Interprocess Buffers
    • Implement Late Binding
    • Create In-Process States Based On the Optimized Value Stream
    • Task Leveling
  • Stage Two Scrumban – Optimize the Planning Process
    • What We Keep and What We Modify
    • The MMF in Scrumban
    • The Concept of Work Type
    • Determine Cycle Time and Lead Time by Work Item and MMF
    • Set PBI Size Constraints to Implement Production Leveling
    • Reduce and Customize Iteration Lengths
    • Optimize the Size of the Backlog and Set Order Point for Backlog Replenishment
    • Set Service Classes and SLA’s
      • Concept of the Cost of Delay
      • Service Classes
      • Expediting and the Silver Bullet
    • Workflow Throttling
    • Handling Defects and Rework
    • Weekly Timeblock
    • Daily Walking the Board
    • Dealing with Blockers
  • Stage Three Scrumban – Fading Scrum
    • Decouple Release and Planning Periods
      • On-Demand Planning
      • MMF Triggered Releases
      • Perpetual Multivote Pull-Based Scheduling
      • Release Planning Based on MMFs
      • Release Planning Based on Little’s Law
    • The End of Iterations
    • The End of Estimating
    • On-Demand Retrospectives
    • Define Work Policies and Standard Work
  • Scaling Scrumban
    • MMFs
    • Feature Crews, Workcells and Specialist Teams
    • Shared Board
    • Pooled Queues
    • Rolling Wave Planning
  • Metrics
    • Productivity Metrics
    • Quality Metrics
    • Risk Metrics
  • Other Topics
    • Getting Started
    • Monthly Operations Review
    • Quarterly Strategy Review
    • Mixing Iteration-Based Development Processes with Flow-Based Processes
  • OPTIONAL Fourth Day: Kick-Start Coaching