Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum and Lean Kanban

Scrumban is a powerful approach to supercharging team and organizational performance, by integrating the best elements of Agile, Scrum & Lean Kanban. Now, there's a complete guide to Scrumban for every IT, software, and knowledge professional who wants to apply it. Whatever your role -- even if you're not a team leader -- you'll learn how to use Scrumban to help your organization thrive.

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Table of Contents

Topics Covered in This Book

Chapter 1

Manifestations - Scrumban Demystified

How Scrumban has evolved from its roots as a model for continuous flow into a framework with three potential paths: an alternative approach to introducing Scrum as a development methodology; a set of additional perspectives and capabilities that can help existing Scrum teams overcome common challenges associated with successfully adopting Scrum; and a framework for discovering and evolving new practices and ways of working that work best in a given context.

Chapter 2

The Matrix & The Mess - Where it All Begins

Though Scrumban is frequently viewed as a “new” framework,it’s actually built upon a great deal of established science. Systems thinking and the holistic understandings that come with it are essential to aligning vision, strategy and decision-making within a team and across the enterprise.

Chapter 3

Mission - Aligning Purpose and Performance

The first line of responsibility for aligning vision, values and purpose across an organization lies with its leaders and managers. Employees, however, have an equal responsibility to seek out clarity when actual alignment is cloudy. Frameworks like Scrumban provide a structured way of discovering what we need to know when .

Chapter 4

Motivations - Why Scrumban Works

Scrumban was initially conceived as a continuous flow delivery model representing the “next generation” evolution of Scrum. A review of the thinking behind this origin enables us to appreciate how Scrumban has evolved to help practitioners realize alternative outcomes, as well as the power behind how integrating inputs and outputs from other models leads to better decision-making in our work.

Chapter 5

Mobilize - Rolling Out Scrumban

The most successful Scrumban adoptions are those where thoughtful consideration is given to the wide variety of factors that influence success, from what we choose for team size and sprint duration to the approach we take in orienting team members to specific practices and events.

Chapter 6

Method - Working Under the Hood

In large measure, we develop ways of working to try and exercise some control over the uncertainty and risk inherent in our work. From queuing theory foundations to the recognition of psychological barriers around change, Scrumban’s principles and practices interact to expose a variety of different ways we can exert more influence and control around our work.

Chapter 7

Measurements - Gaining Insights & Tracking Progress

The "plan-do-check-act" cycle is central to Scrumban, and understanding why we measure is essential to measuring the right things. Proper measurements help us understand the health of our undertakings as well as arming us with knowledge that leads to better decision-making.

Chapter 8

Management - Management is Doing Things Right. Leadership is Doing the Right Things.

While teams and organizations will benefit from adopting Scrumban, widespread and sustained success can only be achieved when leadership is invested in reinforcing the vision, values and practices that make it happen. Scrumban goes one step further in also providing a framework that allows teams to achieve clarity where these things are fuzzy, and catalyze necessary change for better performance and satisfaction.

Chapter 9

Maturing - Getting Better with Age

To operate at the highest levels of performance and satisfaction, we need to recognize and manage the invisible forces that constantly seek to move us further away from order toward chaos. Teams and organizations can follow an infinite number of paths as they increase their insights and capabilities with Scrumban.

Chapter 10

Modeling - To Boldly Go Where Few Have Gone Before

Software development and IT operations are filled with risk and variability, making it difficult to develop accurate forecasts. Scrumban is an incredibly robust framework teams and organizations can employ to leverage more reliable means of forecasting, with an emphasis on probabilistic versus deterministic models. You determine what level of mastery and sophistication best works for your context.

Appendix

More - For the Stout of Heart

Summaries of core fundamentals, case studies, additional models, and sample work flow visualizations.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Many firms have adopted Scrum without fulfilling its full requirements—they haven’t changed their context to one that’s truly suitable for Scrum… Ajay Reddy is an experienced Scrum practitioner who has been through the same journey you find yourself on… Let Kanban help you achieve that, and allow Ajay to guide you in how to do it.

David J. Anderson

David J. Anderson & Associates
Father of the Kanban Method

Ajay is taking Corey’s ideas a step further, providing some more potential implementations for teams who would rather be successful than blind followers of canned processes. This book will help you to pay attention, to see the work you are taking on, to demonstrate to others the load you are dealing with, and to begin to take control of your work in process. But don’t stop here: Ajay calls it (r)evolution on purpose. Evolving is a continuous process.

Jim Benson

Modus Cooperandi
Father of Personal Kanban

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Ajay Reddy


Ajay Reddy has been helping technology teams and organizations improve how they work for more than a decade by emphasizing a hands-on approach, collaborative experimentation, verified business outcomes, and improved team satisfaction.

Ajay began his professional journey as a software engineer where he was exposed to Agile approaches like Extreme Programming. He soon transitioned to coaching others in adopting Agile mindsets and practices, constantly seeking out ways to improve this process based on the variety of challenges associated with different settings.

In 2009 Ajay founded CodeGenesys, a Lean–Agile consulting boutique. In 2010 he co-developed ScrumDo, a Scrum and Kanban management tool, with the express purpose of facilitating Agile implementations across the industry. Over the past five years, he has helped organizations both large and small employ Scrumban with great success.
As the chief product strategist and lead coach for ScrumDo, Ajay is helping teams and organizations in 145 countries realize the benefits of Scrumban. He teaches Scrumban across the United States, India, and Europe and is a regular speaker at Scrum and Kanban meetups and conferences across the globe.

In 2012, Ajay became disillusioned with the debate over frameworks, seeing it as putting too much emphasis on the frameworks rather than on the human systems and business concerns those frameworks were created to facilitate. He believes using frameworks as tools to effectively support desired outcomes is more important than the mechanics of any framework. It was this realization that led directly to his spending the last two years writing The Scrumban [R]Evolution.

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