Scrum and Kanban are two terms that are often (incorrectly) used interchangeably or considered to be two sides of the same coin. There are significant differences between these two Agile techniques.
Understanding these differences is key to choosing the path that will work best for the environment in question:
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What is Scrum?
Scrum is an Agile process that helps you reach a business value in the shortest possible time (through repeated and rapid verification of working software). Scrum focuses on teamwork and iterative software/product development.
Using Scrum, dev teams become more agile and discover how to respond quickly and to sudden changes. Also, Scrum addresses the complexity of the job, making the information transparent. This helps the team to carry out inspections and adapt based on current conditions instead of the conditions provided. Scrum further helps team members deal with common pitfalls and chaos resulting from ever-changing requirements.
What is Kanban?
Kanban is a visual work management system. Kanban visualizes both the process and the actual work that goes through it. The main purpose of using Kanban is to identify potential obstacles in the process and to eliminate them (aiming to keep the workflow running smoothly at optimum speed).
Kanban’s methodology is designed to meet minimum working resistance. This allows for continuous small incremental and evolutionary changes in the current process. It also helps to improve performance, lead time, and quality.
Conclusions about Scrum and Kanban
- Scrum is a process that allows us to focus on achieving business value in the shortest possible time;
- Kanban is more of a visual work management system;
- Kanban encourages continuous improvement; productivity and efficiency are also likely to increase;
- Scrum is focused on the backlog and Kanban focuses on the workboard;
- Scrum master acts as a problem solver;
- Kanban encourages each team member to be a leader and share responsibility;
- Scrum focuses on time-limited iterations;
- Kanban focuses on planning different durations for individual iteration;
There will be different roles with Scrum, no with Kanban. In any situation, everyone should work as a team and help one another (when needed) in order to create a product at a competitive professional level. Scrum – will work on scheduled tasks that are limited in time, such as completion and completion.
As soon as all tasks are completed, a new playlist is being prepared, which will again have a start/end date. For Kanban, each completed task will be replaced by a new one (with the minimum stipulation that the tasks will not exceed a certain number, depending on the stage at which they are completed).