How To Choose Between Agile Scrum and Agile Kanban?

By CIOReview | Monday, December 2, 2019

Adopting an Agile style creates a more efficient, supportive, and sustainable environment, making it easier for everyone to deliver work at their best.

Fremont, CA: Businesses find it challenging to keep track of all the moving parts of it for their complex nature. A new project management approach called “Agile Methodology” helps overcome this, which enables teams to respond to the ever-changing nature of business. It uses iterative work sequences. It helps businesses meet their immediate needs. Companies adopting Agile methodology develop a more efficient, supportive, and sustainable environment making it easier for everyone to deliver work at their best. Because one-size does not fit all, it is challenging for businesses to choose between Scrum and Kanban, two popular Agile methodologies.

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Agile Scrum

Agile Scrum suits projects that fit into one-to-two-week sprints. It empowers businesses and their teams to share responsibilities with others throughout the project lifecycle. Scrum teams are small, with only three standard roles—Product Owner, Scrum Master/Project Manager, and Team. The methodology is lean, fast, and simple, where issues can be addressed and resolved during daily meetings. It follows shared responsibility, helping teams get more in a short period. Also, here, the constant feedback from the client or stakeholder helps understand the needs and adjust accordingly. At the same time, shared responsibility can lead to delay in the project if anyone gets sick or leaves mid-project. Another drawback is that constant changes can lead to creep and delays where scheduling meetings can be difficult.

Agile Kanban

Agile Kanban, on the other hand, has no fixed-length sprints contrary to Agile Scrum, the work is continuous, and so is the product delivery. Agile Kanban board does not have a timeline for a project or task, but it should merely show the item and when that deliverable finishes. The entire team owns the board and should be nimble to adapt to the changing priorities. Because Agile Kanban boards strictly limit the amount the work in progress, it always keeps the team focused on essential things. New items can be added whenever the capacity is available irrespective of the period when the tasks are completed. It doesn’t require daily meetings. However, because of the absence of an owner, boards can become complicated and outdated, resulting in confusion and related development issues. 

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