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Scrumban is one of the new trendings in Agile practices. Most of the time
my clients want to implement Scrum, but they don’t know what Scrum is.
So I prefer to star implementing Kanban with them and then move to Scrum but
there are times that their business doesn’t match with Scrum practices.
Until I read this great book I have never realized the power of mixing both practices.
Corey Ladas’ groundbreaking paper “ScrumBan” has captured the imagination of the
software development world. Scrum and agile methodologies have helped software
development teams organize and become more efficient. Lean methods like kanban can
extend these benefits. Kanban also provides a powerful mechanism to identify process
improvement opportunities. This book covers some of the metrics and day-to-day management
techniques that make continuous improvement an achievable outcome in the real world.
I enjoyed this book because it’s clear, it takes a stand, and Corey clearly states what’s his
opinion based on his experience. I don’t agree with all of it – in particular I have trouble
with the feature-brigade ideas at the end – but for walking through the basics of kanban
and pull systems, focused on real workflows and not abstract theory, you can’t beat it.
It’s short, concise, and well targeted to anyone who’s already familiar with the ideas of
Scrum and XP. Anyone who’s doing Scrum should come to understand these ideas, to
have greater insight into how their process is working, even if they don’t implement them.
They’re useful thinking tools. (You NEED background in agile software development to
make sense of this book, though.)