Differences Between Scrum and Kanban for Agile Product Development

Differences Between Scrum and Kanban for Agile Product Development

Introduction to Scrum, Agile, and Kanban




The difference between Scrum and Kanban

The Scrum vs. Kanban principles

Kanban principles

Change management principles

  • Begin with what you are familiar with
  • Agree to deal with incremental, evolutionary change
  • Encourage leadership acts in your organization

Service delivery principles

  • Don’t manage workers but manage the work
  • Review service networks often
  • Concentrate on client expectations and needs.

Scrum principles

  • They control empirical processes via evaluation, transparency, and adaptation.
  • Aid the team to be self-reliant by supporting their performance.
  • Ensure clarity, collaboration, and awareness between teams.
  • Based on the importance and value for users to prioritize tasks
  • Schedule and allocate time for every activity (scrum meeting, sprint planning, sprints, sprint reviews).
  • Often revise software development tasks to create a better software product.

Scrum vs. Kanban: frameworks

Kanban framework

  • Kanban relies on a continuous workflow structure. Self-driving teams with the capacity to pull new works from the work-item pool.
  • Work in progress, to do, and done are all standard workflow stages. It’s possible to develop custom columns relying on the team’s work.
  • Scrum is dependent on everyday planning and feedback sessions. Kanban technique is independent, and daily it stands up and gets removed only when it’s important.
  • Include Kanban principles demand level of discipline and awareness (it’s missing on teams with new to agile)

Scrum framework

  • The project starts with clear sets of requirements that the business provides.
  • Product features get aligned as per their importance and then become part of the product backlog.
  • Decide the number of sprints needed to accomplish selected features.
  • Self-organized teams pick the tasks from the product backlog that given sprints can complete and begins task work.
  • The team concentrates on meeting sprint goals to protect them from interruptions.
  • Don’t change sprint backlog. While preparing the subsequent sprint, change the product backlog.
  • There is a 15 minutes team meeting (scrum meeting) in each sprint to assess the daily progress.
  • At each sprint end, teams gather feedback based on next week’s sprint.

Scrum vs. Kanban: roles and responsibilities

Kanban roles

Scrum roles

Scrum vs. Kanban: planning

Kanban planning

  • The probabilistic approach in planning
  • Categorized and optimized tasks based on past workflow data.
  • Since there is continuous workflow, you can elongate the Kanban approach request section by adding sections like next month or this month for planned work visualization.
  • It’s easy to plan for each task based on task size, type, and the number of tasks a team finishes in a week.

Scrum planning

  • It’s an iterative approach in planning
  • At the start of every sprint, you plan a task in a meeting that the scrum master, product owner, and dedicated development team break down the user stories into the tasks.
  • After starting, make changes in sprints. If changes happen in the mid-sprint, a team aborts current sprints and replans the process again.
  • Scrum master dedicates and prioritizes tasks to every team member.
  • After completion of sprints, the observations made aid in improving the coming sprints.

Scrum vs. Kanban: commitment

Scrum vs. Kanban: board

Kanban board

Scrum board

Scrum vs. Kanban: advantages and disadvantages

Kanban advantages

  • It’s flexible in the structure, allowing quick implementation of changes.
  • It has visual workflow charts to ensure progress transparency and visibility.
  • It aims to reduce work under progress to limit overloading members with work.

Kanban disadvantages

  • It needs a cultural shift to get to its full potential.
  • Only focuses on outcomes and not people.
  • At times it’s easy to ignore conceptional intricacies behind projects due to the simple visuals.

Scrum advantages

  • The inbuilt durations offer predetermined iteration structures.
  • It has clear expectations of what to do and when.
  • Daily retrospection and standup meetings provide frequent feedback to help the team’s performance evaluation.

Scrum disadvantages

  • Fear of failure to meet deadlines leads to under commitments by the teams.
  • As a result of preplanned sprints, there is a slow response to stakeholders’ changes.
  • Fixed roles prohibit members from tapping their full potential.

What’s the best choice between Kanban and Scrum?




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