Scrumban: Your guide toward flexibility in product management

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What is Scrumban?

Scrumban is a popular agile development approach, which is a combination of two product management tools – Scrum and Kanban. By integrating these two tools, teams can benefit from the important aspects of both the models such as the efficiency of Scrum and the visual organization of Kanban. 

Moreover, Scrumban proves to be a much more flexible model as compared to other productivity tools because it is a combination of two tools and can be adjustable according to the individual needs of a team. Teams that use the Scrumban approach usually undertake strategic tasks and simultaneously improve their processes. 

Scrum is an approach commonly used in software development. Firstly, the team assigns specific roles to individuals. Secondly, it divides the development tasks into smaller time-frames called ‘Sprints.’ Sprints serve as milestones or deadlines in the developmental process.

During sprint meetings, team members focus only on the agreed tasks. There is a daily check-up on what tasks were accomplished during the day. Between two sprints, there’s another meeting held to discuss which tasks to continue with. 

On the other hand, Kanban is more of a visual organization tool to provide clarity on what are the individual tasks and accomplishments of team members. There is a  Kanban board created on which there are specific column labels such as “assigned,” “in progress,” “under review,” “accomplished,” etc. 

As teams work on a particular project, they can shift the labels from one to another as per their progress. This improves efficiency, gives easy access, and updates on the progress of the project within no time. 

How does Scrumban work?

As mentioned before, Scrumban is a hybrid of two techniques. Thus, the implementation of Scrumban involves a combined set of steps from both of the techniques. The steps are as follows: 

  • Making of Scrumban Board: This board is similar to the Kanban board with the necessary columns with labels such as “assigned,” “in-progress,” “completed,” etc. 
  • Setting time limits for work-in-progress: This step is a derivative of the scrum technique where each sprint is time-bound. Thus, there’s a realistic time limit set by the team for any particular goal to avoid frustration. 
  • Listing Team’s Priority tasks: This step demonstrates the difference between Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban. In Scrum, the tasks are assigned to specific individuals for each sprint. In Scrumban, however, the focus is to collectively decide the priority tasks of the team and decide who completes it. 
  • Planning poker: This is a strategy used in Scrum to estimate the effort and time required to complete any given task. Since sprint has a time limit, only a specific goal can be accomplished which is very rigid in nature. However, in Scrumban, there is no time limit and the work is continuous. Thus, the focus is to prioritize important tasks. 
  • Setting up daily meetings: Although the number of meetings in Scrumban are lesser as compared to those in Scrum, there are shorter meetings held to discuss plans and challenges. These meetings always enhance team cohesiveness, bonding, and problem solving abilities. 

FAQs

Q: What is Scrumban?

A: Scrumban is a mixture of two productivity tools of project management namely – Scrum and Kanban. Thus, Scrumban structures the tasks of a given project in continuous fashion by providing a visual organization chart to keep track of the progress. 

Q: Who should consider using Scrumban?

A: Scrumban can be used by the teams who find Scrum too rigid. Similarly, in order to keep track of the maintenance of the ongoing project where there is no definite completion deadline, Scrumban can be effective. Lastly, it can be implemented to provide more flexibility for the team members.

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