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Scrumban [R]Evolution, The: Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum, and Lean Kanban, 1st edition

  • Ajay Reddy

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional (July 9th 2015) - Copyright © 2016

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Scrumban [R]Evolution, The: Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum, and Lean Kanban

ISBN-13: 9780134086217

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Create Thriving, High-Performing Teams and Organizations with Scrumban


Scrumban allows you to use Kanban as a catalyst for increasingly valuable changes to your existing software development processes, amplifying and expanding upon Scrum’s benefits. Now, there’s a definitive guide to Scrumban that explains what it is (and isn’t), how and why it works, and how to use it to improve both team and organizational performance.


Comprehensive, coherent, and practical, The Scrumban [R]Evolution will help you incrementally apply proven Lean/Agile principles to get what matters most: pragmatic, bottom-line results. Pioneering Scrumban coach Ajay Reddy clarifies Scrumban’s core concepts and principles, and illuminates their application through real-life examples. He takes you from the absolute basics through sustainable adoption, and from choosing metrics to advanced forecasting and adaptive management.


Whatever your role in the organization, this essential guide liberates you to tailor Kanban systems based on your unique challenges–and to solve delivery problems and improvement stagnation you haven’t been able to solve with Scrum alone.


  • Discover how Scrumban can help you reignite stalled Agile initiatives
  • Clarify crucial relationships between purpose, values, and performance
  • Quickly develop shared understanding in and across teams
  • Use Scrumban to better manage Product Owner/Customer expectations
  • Improve the rollout of Scrum in any team using Scrumban
  • Use Scrumban and let real improvements spread with least resistance
  • Use the right metrics to gain insight, track progress, and improve forecasting
  • Take advantage of Scrumban’s advanced capabilities as you gain experience
  • Develop leaders to successfully guide your Agile initiatives
  • Integrate modeling to reliably refine your forecasting and decision-making


Table of contents

Foreword by David J. Anderson         xv

Foreword by Jim Benson         xix

Preface         xxiii

Acknowledgments         xxvii

About the Author         xxix


Part I: Introduction         1

Chapter 1: Manifestations: Scrumban Demystified         3

A Helpful Perspective   3

A Framework for [R]Evolution   4

Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid   8

Let’s Get Started   9


Part II: Foundations–Starting with the End in Mind         11

Chapter 2: The Matrix and the Mess: Where It All Begins          13

Part 1: The Matrix (Scrumban’s Origins)   14

Part 2: The Mess (Reasons Scrumban Is Needed)   28

Tying It All Together   39


Chapter 3: The Mission: Clarifying the Relationship between Purpose, Values, and Performance         41

Why We’re Paid to Work   41

The Importance of Shared Purpose   42

The Importance of Adaptive Capabilities   43

Tying It All Together   51


Chapter 4: Motivations: Why Scrumban Works         53

Where It All Began   53

Layering the Kanban Method   57

The Significance of Complementary Values   64

Scrumban’s Relationship to Agile Thinking   66

Other Frameworks and Models   66

Some Final Thoughts on Systems Thinking   68

Tying It All Together   69


Part III: Execution–Putting Scrumban into Practice         71

Chapter 5: Mobilize: Rolling Out Scrumban         73

Your Starting Condition   73

The Kickstart Process   74

The Kickstart Event   86

Some Final Thoughts   98

Tying It All Together   101


Chapter 6: Method: Working under the Hood         103

Managing Uncertainty and Risk 103

How Scrumban Improves Management of Risk   106

Releases and Sprints   119

Feedback Loops   144

Design Thinking   147

Ticket Design   149

Board Design   150

Tying It All Together   153


Chapter 7: Measurements: Gaining Insights and Tracking Progress         155

Why Measure?   155

How to Measure   158

Constructing Histograms   161

Scrumban Measurements   161

Productivity Metrics   161

Quality Metrics   169

Risk Metrics   172

Extending Scrumban beyond IT: The Balanced Scorecard   178

Tying It All Together   182


Part IV: Improving–Advanced Topics and Practices         185

Chapter 8: Management: Management Is Doing Things Right–Leadership Is Doing the Right Things         187

Convictional Leadership   188

Servant Leadership   190

Good Leaders Recognize Knowledge Work Is Different   191

Reinforcing Leadership through Management   194

Facilitating Evolving Roles   199

Tying It All Together   204


Chapter 9: Maturing: Like a Fine Wine, Scrumban Can Get Better with Age         205

Prioritizing and Managing Change   206

Evolving Your Core Capabilities   214

Further Evolving the Understanding and Management of Risk   221

Scaling beyond IT   229

Tying It All Together   235


Chapter 10: Modeling: To Boldly Go Where Few Have Gone Before         237

Why Model?   237

Starting with Metrics and Distribution Patterns   238

What Is Modeling?   239

A Sample “What If ” Experiment   255

Bootstrapping   258

Some Final Words   258


Appendix: More: For the Stout of Heart          259

Scrum in a Nutshell   259

Scrum and Scrumban: Some Quick Comparisons   262

Scrumban Roadmap: A Quick Reference for Getting Started   267

Using Scrumban to Introduce Scrum   273

Scrumban and SAFe   277

Scrumban Stories: The Full Case Studies   278

Supplemental Information and Resources   315


Index         335


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