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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

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