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Kangaroo boxing: Scrum vs. Kanban.

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Kangaroo boxing: Scrum vs. Kanban.

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Software development has its trends and its innovations. The term Agile came about because people practicing different iterative workstyles decided to come together and develop a brand, Agile, that represents their common principles and values. Agile workstyles include Scrum, eXtreme Programming (XP), Crystal Clear, Feature Driven Development (FDD), and Dynamic Systems Development Method DSDM. Then people like Mary and Tom Poppendeick recognized that Agile software development could benefit from the ideas of the Toyota Production System, also called Lean for western implementations. Now some of the proponents of Lean, many of them from the Agile community, have been attacking Agile methods like Scrum, claiming that Lean is “better.” To me this doesn’t make sense. Agile and Lean ideas are complementary. Ideas from Lean come from manufacturing, so applying them to software development requires care and understanding of how software is different, and why. More importantly however, the conflict goes against the spirit of Agile, and does not do the software development community any good. It drives a wedge and a barrier where there should be none. It causes proponents of either camp to ignore or resist good ideas from the other. Primarily this conflict seems driven by personalities in the community who see personal gain and status with attacking another’s work. The idea that in a community of thinkers one can gain reputation by putting down other proven and legitimate ideas is false. Gaining reputation in a community of thinkers such as software development requires that you show leadership in new ideas AND in integrating new ideas with proven ideas already in place. The battle of Scrum vs. Kanban reminds me of kangaroo boxing… Richard Attenborough narrates…


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Robin Dymond

Robin Dymond is the Managing Partner at Innovel. He trains, coaches, advises and helps people who want to make a difference in their organizations with Lean and Agile. An Engineer since 1990, an entrepreneur and Agilist since 2002, he has helped people adopt Agile in small and large organizations in Europe, the US and Canada. Innovel is currently is working with clients applying Agile across a range of business domains including software products in California, financial services in Toronto and equipment manufacturing in multiple US and EU locations. We are specialists who can help you bring Agile to your organization, accelerate your Agile transition and be a guide, reducing the risks to come with trying something new through Agile Coaching, Digital Transformation, Certified Scrum Training®.