The Scrumban [R]Evolution

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

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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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 180 x 230 x 20mm | 608g
  • Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 013408621X
  • 9780134086217
  • 564,528

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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About Ajay Reddy

Ajay Reddy has spent more than a decade helping teams and organizations improve how they work. His engagements emphasize a hands-on approach, collaborative experimentation, verified business outcomes, and improved team satisfaction. After discovering Agile approaches as a software engineer, he transitioned to coaching others in adopting Agile. Reddy founded CodeGenesys, the Lean-Agile consulting boutique. In 2010, he co-founded, which provides cloud-based project management tools to facilitate better Scrum and Kanban implementations. As its managing partner and product owner he helps teams in 145 countries realize Scrumban's benefits. He recently co-created the game to help people discover Scrumban's capabilities.
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