International Kanban Master Foundation

Steen Lerche-Jensen

5.5. Apply Kanban on Scrum

Kanban is a method or a wire to assist a team improve on their activities moderately. It allows people to have a graphical perspective of their workflow, restricts work-in-progress and handle the workflow. With Kanban, a member starts the task at hand and progressively evolves through changing the processes which refines and betters the flow and throughput, which increases the product quality.

Most Scrum groups utilize functions of a Task board and have a Ready – Doing – Done work process on it to follow the advancement of tasks related to different user stories.

Kanban Method

Despite that, this board does not assist you to track the general steps that each user story is tracking. In most cases, the process which a user story follows is like this:

Kanban Method

At this level, Kanban can be applied to give you a clear layout of how smoothly your user stories are running; where can you find the bottlenecks when it comes to long waiting time, the point at which they are being blocked because of external and internal resource reliance and many more. The board will show the procedure above.

Kanban Method

Having this picture accompanied with the WIP Limits and executing pull at the story level will lead you to use Kanban on your Scrum set up.

Agile Teams are evaluating, testing or have already used the Kanban Method globally. Since they have changed the procedures that enhance their performance index capability, these teams have termed this enhanced process as Scrumban, Kanban or Scrum-Kanban. Using this process assists you to incorporate an ineffective procedure to a fully workable process.

It does not revolve around WIP and Visualization only.

Kanban offers you a wide range of tools and abilities to improve the ability to stabilize the variations of work that groups are asked to perform. It offers different scope of metrics, which enables you to understand your team's presentation abilities and make forecasts, which are dependable on the length it takes to finish a new sprint or a release and many more.

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