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Why Stretched Teams do “Scrumban”

15842087_sA few years ago Corey Ladas wrote an article about an Agile approach he called “Scrumban”. As the name suggests, this is a variant of Scrum with certain Lean-Kanban characteristics. What he proposed was a graduation of Scrum teams to leaner and more pull-based ways of working than Scrum itself allows.

Whereas Scrum will “batch” work up into Sprint Backlogs and potentially releasable increments, a leaner Scrumban approach will seek to minimize the batching of work as far as possible. Each work item will be processed in response to a clear signal for demand, and not because it has been planned into a Sprint backlog. In strictly Lean terms, holding on to such inventory is a form of waste.

What Corey proposed was the gradual facilitation of leaner practices in Scrum. He sought “…to incrementally enhance Scrum with more and more pull-like features until all that remains of the original process is vestigial scaffolding”. For example, he argued that “if your iteration backlog contains 20 work items, then that’s still about 19 more than it needs to be in a pull system”.

The result was an agile approach which makes a Leaner way of working an end in itself. Since then though, Scrum-Kanban hybrids have taken off in ways that were perhaps not entirely foreseeable at the time when Scrumban was floated.

Microsoft’s Quality Assurance and Agile Transition Strategies

In today’s highly competitive environment high quality is no longer an optional consideration – it’s a ‘must’. Especially since quality is no longer determined only by what we are developing, but also by user’s constantly evolving expectations. In this video keynote speaker and Microsoft Bing Program Manager, Ken Johnston, reveals Microsoft’s quality assurance and agile transition strategies.

(This interview was originally recorded at the Agile Development Conference and Better Software Conference West in Las Vegas. For more information on the conferences, please visit: http://www.sqe.com/conferences/)

Google’s Innovation & Agile Transition Strategies

There’s no denying that Google are a market leading, forward thinking company. And if you’ve ever wondered how they keep coming up with innovative products and services, watch this. Because in this video keynote speaker and Senior Engineering Director Patrick Copeland reveals Google’s innovation and agile transition strategies.

Have a watch and share your comments, questions or thoughts below.

(This interview was originally recorded at the 2012 Agile Development Conference and Better Software Conference West in Las Vegas. For more information on the conferences, please visit: http://www.sqe.com/conferences/)

 

 

History In The Making – Jon Kern’s Original Agile Manifesto Notes

I just came across a very cool historical agile artefact.

It’s Jon Kern’s original Agile Manifesto notes from the 2001 meeting in Snowbird, Utah – and they are available for you to download from here

An Introduction to Agile Software Development

There’s no doubt that Agile software development is becoming more widespread by the day. Facebook, Apple, Mircosoft, Google and NASA are all doing it. In fact, so is any company wanting to do well in today’s world of rapid change and continuing aggressive competition.

However, as many companies have found at great expense, ‘going Agile’ is not easy. And there are a number of reasons why.

In this short video, you’ll learn what is Agile software development (without the jargon) and how it can benefit you.