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Implementing Scrumban - Story so far:

Implementing Scrumban - Story so far May 21 st ,2011- Scrum Bangalore “ Pecha Kucha ” Presentation By Nitin Ramrakhyani, Sr. Product Manager, Digite Inc.

Background Context:

Background Context Digite Inc, valley based product company, pioneer in Web-based Collaborative Products/ Solutions for Geographically Distributed Teams Over 75 customers/ 250,000 users in North America, Europe, Asia/ Pacific. Two products, Quarterly releases 30+ dev team size, 5-8 QA, 1 PO, distributed across three locations.

What we did earlier?:

What we did earlier?


Challenges Complex Requirements High Impact Analysis Increasing Defect rate Increasing Competition

Enter Scrum:

Enter Scrum Img Src : Scrum Primer by Pete Deemer

How much we Scrummed?:

How much we Scrummed? Release Planning – Backlog Prioritization, estimation Multiple iterations in each release Iteration demos Feature Teams – For better impact analysis Early QA involvement Increased Automation, Daily builds Daily scrums Retrospectives

What Worked, for us ?:

What Worked, for us ? Iteration demos – Early feedback, to make early correction Early involvement of QA Feature teams Retrospectives, allowing team to reflect and make improvements. Lead to lower defect rate, better quality….more happiness. 

What didn’t work, for us?:

What didn’t work, for us? Daily scrum  Weekly Status Calls Still needed Usecases , stories couldn’t help. Interruptions threw off Iteration plans, often. Tough to do iteration planning multiple times, gather all stakeholders. Backlog changes within a sprint not allowed in scrum, but needed for business. Needed quicker defect-fix deployment, hence Release(minor or Hotfix as we call) WITHIN Iterations

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What next?

Enter Kanban:

Enter Kanban Derived from the combination of two Japanese words, kan ("visual") and ban ("card" or "board"), kanban roughly translates to sign board or signal board.

Kanban – Key Principles:

Kanban – Key Principles Visualize your Work Limit Work in Process (WIP) Remove bottlenecks and improve the flow Increase throughput

Kanban Introduction:

Kanban Introduction

Who doesn’t like cocktails?:

Who doesn’t like cocktails? Scrum + Kanban = Scrumban

Shaken, not Stirred….Our mix:

Shaken, not Stirred….Our mix Scrum Release Planning – remained same at high level Iteration Planning and fixed iteration scope Daily Standup - within smaller teams Retrospectives Agile Engg practices – daily builds, test automation etc. Kanban Work Visualization ( different than Agile task boards) WIP Limits, to discourage multi-tasking Test as soon as “done” Dealing with bottlenecks asap Focus on smooth “flow”

Visibility Was the Key:

Visibility Was the Key

Late Scope Additions - Allowed:

Late Scope Additions - Allowed

What we measure?:

What we measure?


Benefits Better/ “Value” delivery Can make releases “Whenever(almost, bug-fixes mainly) Much better visibility Happy customers/ users. 


Recommendation Make your own Cocktails.….


References Kanbandev - Yahoo group www.digite/swift/community

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