I Don't Get No Respect: Dealing With Your Kanban Identity Crisis In An Scrum Centric World

At your Agile get-together it’s Product Owners this, Story Points that, which scaling framework are you using LeSS/SAFe/Nexus, are your Product Teams cross-functional? You look sheepishly down at your shoes & your answer is NO to ALL OF THE ABOVE. We aren’t doing any of that. Your Agile peers shake their head disapprovingly at your failed transformation and quality candidates flee your interviews because you don’t have Product Owners and are obviously Water-Scrum-Fall at best. Can it be true? It’s not! At some point in time Agile has become synonymous with Scrum practice which just ain’t true. Agile is a mindset, not a set of practices. Scrum and Kanban can equally be used, or abused, in the pursuit of Agile mindset transformation and context is everything! Join us to understand why it’s not an Agile holy war; we think Scrum is awesome and use a lot of its practices to enhance our Kanban Solution Delivery process. Expect to learn the merits of Kanban and see if it might be right for you.
 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

Introduction of speakers and topic Activity #1 Discuss at table: What are the practices you use to organize your work? Does what you’re doing fit exactly into a framework? If not, what is different? Share out and debrief Context for Kanban Quick overview on why Scrum is not right for every context but Kanban might be. • Here we will give examples of context where Kanban may be better suited than Scrum Activity #2 Discuss at table: Which – if any – of these examples fit your org? What other challenges are you facing and how could rethinking your framework help? Debrief Compare and Contrast Scrum and Kanban to show contexts that are well suited for both Message – Use what works as long as there is alignment to the Agile Manifesto Values and Principles Can we validate that the right Kanban practices can easily satisfy the Values and Principles of the Agile Manifesto? • Here we will show how we have mapped Kanban practices to the Manifesto and source other points from the room Share our “sales pitch” for how our organization is in the mature state of practicing new ways of working – we need to create something to show to current and potential staff to illustrate where we are in our Agile Journey because it wasn’t as obvious as an org that was adopting SAFe (for example) • Do your job descriptions match your organization practices? • Does your mission and vision reflect… • Elevator Pitch – can your recruiting team (or those sourcing employees) articulate the state of your org to potential candidates? Show Kanban as a valid framework for Complex work – even large scale: Guess what, Kanban and other non-Scrum based approaches scale with arguably less controversy then our Scrum brethren. Here’s a few we are exploring: • Leading Agile: Mike Cottmeyer o Multi-Tier Kanban/Scrum Frameworks • Wall of Work • Enterprise Service Planning: David Anderson • Disciplined Agile Delivery • Better, Value, Sooner, Safer, Happier, Jon Smart • Post-Agile Methods: New Ways of Working o Teal Unicorn, Rob England o Steve Denning - Age of Agile/Agile Mindset o Open Space Wrap up/questions

Learning Outcome

• Recognize context that may lend itself better to Kanban than Scrum • Be able to relate the Agile Manifesto to Kanban Practices • Articulate your Agile Kanban journey • Gain insight into how scaling can be accomplished while using Kanban

Target Audience

Individuals in any size organization, department, industry, etc. at any stage of Agile adoption

Prerequisites for Attendees

N/A

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