The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum


In this article, he outlines the similarities of the two as WIP Limiting, Pull-based systems – with cadences and a focus on learning – while also explaining their differences. A question that I often get while speaking with people is: What is the difference between Kanban and Scrum? Scrum. Scrum is primarily influenced by the Agile Manifesto which describes the “Agile” value system. Cadences. Many Kanban teams have a Queue replenishment cadences.


Scrum or Kanban for Application Support teams?


The questioner asked – “I have recently joined a company and to one of the projects that I’m engaged we have this Scrum team that has a mixed backlog (USs and Bugs). My question is: Am I missing something that could make this team to work better and to keep this structure of application support + product increment while using Scrum? Frequently, especially in a Scrum environment, it can be difficult to match the cadence of doing both. Not Scrum OR Kanban.


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Kanban and Scrum Together – Not So Fast


Continuing our theme of facilitating Scrum and Kanban, we’re honored to publish another guest blog post by Dave White on ‘Kanban and Scrum Together – Not So Fast’. Here Dave white has shared his thoughts on the article ‘Kanban and Scrum Together’ written by Steve Porter. KANBAN AND SCRUM TOGETHER – NOT SO FAST. A colleague of mine who works at now posted a blog about how Kanban and Scrum are stronger together.


A Review Of Scrum For Kanban Teams


This article is the fourth in a series of “Kanban and Scrum – Stronger Together”. Inspired by Steve Porter’s efforts to bring process practitioners closer together and educate Scrum practitioners, I’m writing a shadow series of posts that will follow the Kanban and Scrum – Stronger Together series and continue my own efforts to clear up misconceptions between practitioners of these methods. And maybe that isn’t how Scrum is taught.


Difference Between Agile Project Management and Scrum

Brad Egeland

Scrum is also the framework of agile for completing complex projects. The scrum master is a facilitator of an agile team. Many organizations take CSM training and certifying their skills in practicing Scrum. This page is a comparison between Agile and Scrum and outlines the main difference between them. Scrum: An iterative software model that follows a set of roles, responsibilities, and meetings that do not change with time. What is Scrum?


Kanban Boards vs. Scrum Boards: How Are They Different?


Right now, project managers are falling in love with Scrum and Kanban boards. If you are interested in using these systems, it’s worth spending time learning more about Kanban boards vs. Scrum boards. Scrum and Kanban do have similarities in that both frameworks allow work to be divided into smaller chunks. Kanban is often used when Scrum doesn’t work for a team’s needs. What Is Scrum? Scrum teams work together in intervals known as sprints.

9 Best Practices for Your Daily Scrum Meeting

Project Bliss

When my team first started holding a daily scrum meeting, it honestly felt awkward. From the lessons I’ve learned through experience, I’ve compiled nine best practices that have helped our daily scrum meetings stay focused and efficient. I proposed the Daily Scrum Meeting, along with two other activities , as an Agile practice you can adopt if you want to gain some of the benefits of Agile – even if your team hasn’t adopted full Agile.

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Big Rocks moved in 2020

Gunther Verheyen

I call myself an independent Scrum Caretaker. It reflects who I am, how I feel, what I do: caring for Scrum AND caring for people. I call myself an independent Scrum Caretaker on a journey of humanizing the workplace with Scrum. I organize my work on a weekly cadence.

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Kanban to manage Complex/ Quick Moving Situations


Most people, as well as me, are used to Scrum (or more likely Zombie-Scrum or Scrum-But ), but I believe it is too early to do proper Scrum here. In the usual Scrum process, the P.O. The Kanban boards and cadences ensure that everyone is aware and aligned; and if there are conflicts, they are resolved during one of these meetings (other than the Daily Standup). Is this you?

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How effective are your agile ceremonies?

Kiron Bondale

Each agile framework provides its own ceremonies but given that Scrum is still the most commonly referenced one, let’s focus on that framework’s events. The Scrum Guide calls sprints the heart of Scrum as these time boxes set the cadence for all other events. But to know if the Scrum heart is healthy we could track achievement of goals and value delivered sprint-over-sprint.

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Is SAFe Agile?


Since the arrival of Scaled Agile Framework in the world market, there have been comparisons ad nauseum between the Scrum and SAFe frameworks. Those who have undergone any initiation to SAFe would confirm that at Team level, SAFe works very much like standard Scrum, although the teams can also work in Kanban. All of this is guided by a Scrum Master who makes sure the team works smoothly within the process and that the team also works together to keep improving the process.

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Influencing the eternal optimism of a delivery team

Kiron Bondale

For those teams which use an iteration-based cadence for their delivery such as those who have implemented the Scrum framework there have multiple feedback loops to help them improve. When I teach agile fundamentals classes, I frequently emphasize the importance of inspection and adaptation. Teams which don’t use feedback loops with their products and their processes should not consider themselves to be very agile.

Team using “Waiting for Release” column on their kanban board


We do product releases every 4-6 weeks, and these get deloyed to our SaaS servers – that cadence is well established. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is another question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

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Kanban = Continuous Delivery? Not Necessarily


We do product releases every 4-6 weeks, and these get deployed to our SaaS servers – that cadence is well established. Lean/ Kanban agile Kanban Lean Lean Software Development Management Release Management ScrumHere’s is a question that I recently answered on a discussion forum –. “My My team is using Kanban board but they seem to prefer to collate a couple of tickets then ‘do a release’ as appose to releasing each ticket.

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Agile Communications Plans

Leading Answers

It is this predictable cadence of show-and-tell sessions that creates the dolphins-versus-submarines comparison.  XP has the practice “informative workspace,” Scrum encourages “transparency,” and Kanban development talks about making “process policies visible.”

Encapsulation vs Orchestration: Dependencies in Agile

Leading Agile

The Assumptions of Scrum. So, what does Scrum say about dependencies? And if you look at the way that Scrum is architected, you’ll notice that it assumes a lot, including that each team: Consists of six to eight people. The Reality of Scrum.

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System of Transformation Defined

Leading Agile

So, when you guys go to Scrum class and you learn how to do Scrum, you are learning a System of Delivery. When you learn how to do SAFe and you learn all the stuff about SAFe, all the different roles and cadences and things like that, you are learning a System of Delivery. Agile was designed to work in a particular organizational context. It was designed for a certain kind of team structure. It was designed for a certain kind of governance.

Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Furthermore, neither agile or scrum contemplates how the agile team should be connected to a larger organization and to external partners who will likely have differing development processes and cadences. And, if I am correct there is not such a thing as a Scrum release planning.

Review: Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

ambler and Mark Lines are the creators of the Disciplined Agile Delivery framework and the authors of the book Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery – a small Agile Team’s journey from Scrum to Disciplined DevOps ( 2 nd edition). DAD is characterized by the following aspects: Hybrid: combines Scrum, Agile Modelling, XP, Unified Process, Kanban, Lean, Outside-In Development (OID) and other methods. Scrum offers only a development cycle. Scott W.


A Comprehensive Guide to Agile Project Management


Borrowing from Scrum methodology, an agile team has three main roles : Product Owner : An executive or key stakeholder who leads the project with vision. Scrum Master : The player-coach most akin to a project manager who oversees operations and guards the process. The Product Owner prioritizes the task list, works with the Scrum Master to monitor success on micro and macro levels, and gives feedback on products. Get organized with a Kanban or Scrum board.

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Releases and Deadlines in Agile

Herding Cats

This is not to say those 5 developers sitting around the table with the Product Owner and the Scrum Master are not working on vitally important code. Cadence Release - when a fixed period ends, go with what is ready to go. Cadence Release paradigm, is a flow-based approach. The variability of the development work is minimized through the planned cadence. Focusing on meeting the needs of the customer or market is key to success in the Cadence approach.

Agile Release Train (ART)


Program Increments (PIs) provide a development timebox (default 10 weeks) that uses cadence and synchronization to facilitate planning, limiting WIP, provide for aggregation of value and assure consistent retrospectives. The Agile Release Train provides alignment and helps manage risk by providing program level cadence and synchronization. The Release Train Engineer is a servant leader and operates as a full-time ‘Chief Scrum Master’ of the train.

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From Order Taker to Opportunity Maker…IT’s Digital Transition for Driving the Business

Leading Agile

It takes more than a few Scrum teams to solve the Transformation puzzle. Teams delivering on a predictable cadence earn the trust of the business. Hold Teams, as well as overall organization, accountable for producing a working tested increment of product on a regular cadence. Here are some fun facts: The first company founded to provide software products and services was Computer Usage Company in 1955.

Half Agile Isn’t Real Transformation

Leading Agile

Front-end applications based on technologies that easily lend themselves to agile practices (mobile, web, application server, lightweight databases, API client code, UIs and similar technologies hosting applications developed in languages like C#, Java, Python, Ruby, and PHP) can be modified and deployed smoothly with high frequency, while the back-end resources on which they depend are still delivered on the “old” cadence. A Metaphorical Journey.

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Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing


Compared to Scrum, Kanban is a young work-management method. Anderson best articulated its application to software development, in 2013, in the foundational book Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business, and its adoption hasn’t been as universal as Scrum’s during the early days of Agile software development. But, for teams that chafe under the strictures of the Scrum process, Kanban can be a freeing alternative.

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Essential SAFe 4.0 – How is it Different from SAFe 4.0?


Release Train and Cadence. Without an Agile Release Train, it would be impossible to have multiple teams delivering in Cadence, with synchronized sprint start and end dates. An RTE is to a Train (ART) what a Scrum Master is to a Sprint. At the ‘Team’ level, the roles suggested for adoption are that of the Product Owner and the Scrum Master. tenets is that all the teams that comprise an Agile Release Train should be agile (that is, using Scrum, Scrumban, Kanban etc.).

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Customer Q&A - Office Depot


There are a number of recommendations I would suggest, here are a few to help you get started: Get a trained Scrum Master! Reporting cadence in line with Project Steer Co and release cycle.

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Leveraging Agile to Get Predictable

Leading Agile

They did a great job of getting the message out Scrum and the Scrum certification did a great job of getting the message out. Does it mean that we start Doing Scrum, right? Those are the things that get in the way of making Scrum not work in a lot of organizations.

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Is Your Agile Project Healthy?

Project Management Essentials

In 2013, Mike Cohn coined the term scrum smells to describe the signs that a scrum team is in trouble. Scrum masters, agile coaches, and even team members can improve their teams’ performance by spotting these warning signs early and taking corrective actions. If the answer is convincingly Scrum or Kanban, they are probably following a process. Who is the Scrum Master or Product Owner? The Scrum Master and Product Owner play pivotal roles.


How to Run An Effective Sprint Retrospective (Plus 7 Examples and Templates)


The official Scrum Guide describes a sprint retrospective as: A meeting held at the end of a sprint where the Scrum Team can inspect itself and create a plan for future improvements to systems, processes, and workflows. Improvements to processes like your daily scrum.

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Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid: Managing the Multiple-Methodology Portfolio


Agile projects are structured for iterative planning, forecasting and reporting, and can look very different and come at a much quicker cadence than traditional project management (PM). Between each multiple-week phase (sprint) of common agile projects, you may have 100% resource replacement needs, based on the scrum-master’s need for a completely different expertise mid-flight.

Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid: Managing the Multiple-Methodology Portfolio


Agile projects are structured for iterative planning, forecasting and reporting, and can look very different and come at a much quicker cadence than traditional project management (PM). Between each multiple-week phase (sprint) of common agile projects, you may have 100% resource replacement needs, based on the scrum-master’s need for a completely different expertise mid-flight.

How To Make Agile Work For Your Marketing Team


Identify and Tackle Roadblocks Sooner If you’re working in Agile, you’re likely also running scrum meetings. The best way to structure your scrum meeting agenda is to include four prompts: Blockers What did you do yesterday?

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Handling Unplanned Work

Leading Agile

Scrum calls the list the Product Backlog.) Fortunately, contemporary lightweight software delivery methods based on time-boxed iterations (like Scrum) or continuous flow (like Kanban) include mechanisms to handle unplanned work gracefully. We did our short-term planning last week and we came up with an idea of what work we would be able to complete in the next iteration or cadence.

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Agile Portfolio Management in an Adaptive World – Q&A with the Experts


How does the Project Manager work with the Agile team, scrum master, ect. So typically it’s PM/Scrum Master, BA, “platform” developer, QA Lead, QA etc etc. Thanks Matt, in a process perspective what cadence metrics should take priority? Agile Portfolio Management is a hot topic for many PMO leaders today trying to forge forward in a world where things are requiring a high degree of adaptability.

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Questioning Agile Dogma

Leading Agile

Zombie Scrum describes the impact on delivery teams. To prevent the Zombie Scrum or Delivery Trap phenomenon, our operational model keeps planning, execution, and tracking coordinated horizontally across dependent Delivery Teams and vertically through the Portfolio, Program, and Delivery levels. One of the roles or functions of the Product Manager is that of Product Owner, in the Scrum sense. Scrum development work is done in it.

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Agile Unplugged: EP 02 | Mike Cottmeyer and Dennis Stevens

Leading Agile

You get super clear backlogs, you find out what the real cadences you’ve finished work that you start. And I was working at version one at the time and so like I’m like all in like, not like team level scrum. This merger of business architecture and the idea of Scrum teams is that a lot of times we think about Scrum teams as a product, or maybe a feature set. You build Scrum teams around capabilities, you can build persistent teams around persistent things.

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Unravelling PI Planning


As the PI has 5 iterations with multiple teams working in cadence to achieve a common vision, it is important for these teams to assemble and plan out the course of action for the entire PI duration. The PI Planning meeting is organized by the Release Train Engineer (RTE, also called the Scrum Master of the Agile Release Train). Product Owner and Scrum Masters – to enable Team breakouts and Feature to Story decomposition. Img Src:

Want Great Work from Your Project Team?Get Happy


Try to establish a set cadence for when your team delivers work. Using one- or two-week Scrum Sprints and other Scrum rituals like the daily stand-up meeting, demo days, and retrospectives can help set a consistent pace so your team knows what to deliver when every time. We’ve often been taught that happiness is the result of success, but what if it’s actually the other way around?

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While collocation is nice-to-have, meeting in person should be mandatory!

Kiron Bondale

Having such teams distributed geographically should not be an issue so long as there is still the opportunity to conduct ceremonies such as a Scrum of Scrums to manage interdependencies, maintain alignment in release cadence and to raise shared impediments to the right level of resolution. Colocation is often considered an enabler if not a critical success factor for successful project delivery.

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