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When Will Scrum Die?

July 28, 2022
When will Scrum die? Some people would say it's already dying. There's so much inauthentic, Scrum being done, unprofessional, Scrum being done in the world. Whereas Scrum is part of what I call water Scrum fall, where it's put within a predictive deterministic system. We're predicting when work will be finished. When actually we’ve got so much work that where we don't know, what we don't know, that's really unauthentic. I see in those situations where the concept of done isn't even a concept there They think that done means we met the acceptance criteria when actually it's almost like the checklist for how we do things around here, the technical standards and the product quality standards, international standards, for example, that we might need to comply with.
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How Scrum with Kanban works

July 18, 2022
Scrum and Kanban are two different frameworks.  But did you know that your Scrum Team can use some of Kanban’s crucial elements to optimize workflow and deliver value sooner?   Combining Kanban with your Scrum practice doesn’t involve replacing events, accountabilities or artifacts.  It’s about integrating Kanban’s complementary tools to achieve better outcomes with Scrum.
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[BLOG/VLOG] 7 Meanings of Kanban - what is Kanban all about?

November 2, 2021
Supposedly, Confucius said once: "Let’s start fixing the nation with fixing the concepts first". Whether he really said it or not, nobody can be sure. But what is important, I would like to specify the meaning of Kanban. Very often people understand it in their own way and when two people talk to each other about it, they mean two different things.
Webcast

Want to Flow faster? Then get your 4x4 in gear.

June 16, 2021
By combining Professional Scrum with Kanban principles and metrics we have a phenomenal opportunity to ask the right questions sooner, solve the right problems faster and measure more of what matters. In this webinar, Professional Scrum Trainer Jim Sammons discusses the Professional Scrum with Kanban “4x4”. The 4 principle and 4 metrics that will help your Scrum Team focus on flow and be able to use data to solve the right problems sooner, have better conversations with stakeholders and optimize their flow. Jim discusses the practices and metrics that Scrum Teams can use with Kanban to focus on their flow and create a basis for continuous improvement.
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Is Kanban linear?

July 14, 2020
A typical Kanban board shows a series of steps or activities that work passes through. Does this mean that Kanban is only suitable for "linear" processes? Scrum is a proven strategy for addressing complex adaptive problems, so if Kanban is linear, is it an unsuitable complimentary practice to add to Scrum?
Podcast

The Agile Wire: Talking Flow With Daniel Vacanti

May 18, 2020
This podcast tackles some of the question: Scrum vs. Kanban? How about Scrum and Kanban. Why would you want to use both? Scrum is based on Empiricism, Kanban is based on Flow, Flow enhances Empiricism and Empiricism enhances Flow. Take the best Scrum teams and the best Kanban teams and take an average person looking in on them they wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
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Bye Bye Velocity! Kanban metrics as an alternative to story points & velocity.

May 13, 2020
During this virtual event, Louis-Philippe explained the Kanban metrics for Agile or DevOps teams. Although the Kanban delivery strategy is highly recommended in DevOps mode, unfortunately, its metrics are hardly used in our profession. Louis-Philippe therefore wishes to share its value with participants. Back at their workplace, Louis-Philippe hopes that participants will have new tools to answer the client's famous question "When will it be done?" (61 Minutes)

Agile Forecasting Techniques for the Next Decade

March 16, 2020
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is the oldest continuously published periodical in North America. It was first published in 1792 by Robert B. Thomas who wanted an almanac “to be useful with a pleasant degree of humor. Many long-time Almanac followers claim that its forecasts are 80% to 85% accurate. 
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Multi-Functional Learning is the Heart of Agility

March 10, 2020
In this article, we shall investigate why the learning and development of multi-functional specialists in Scrum is the core of organizational Agility and value optimization. Many Development Teams are not collaborating as real teams, but as a collection of narrow specialists focused on "their" tasks (QA, Backend, iOS, Android).
Whitepaper

Status Quo (Scaled) Agile Survey Results

February 21, 2020
The 4th survey “Status Quo (Scaled) Agile” now gave some interesting answers helping organizations to position their own agile activities and helping to define an appropriate strategy where and how to use the agile on team level or scaled agile on the level of programs or organizations.
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A Perspective on the Professional Scrum with Kanban Class by its Co Creator

December 24, 2019
In this Scrum Tapas video, Professional Scrum Trainers Louis-Philippe Carignan and Daniel Vacanti who is also the co-creator of the Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK) class, Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams and Kanban Method discuss the origins of the PSK class and provide some insights into what will be learned over the 2 day class. (3:15 Minutes)

When Story Points aren’t Enough…

December 16, 2019
If there is one trend that has surpassed Agile in our profession over the last five years, I would say DevOps would be a good culprit. As we’ve seen an explosion of tools to implement CI/CD in our Scrum teams, we’ve also seen some of our Agile practices being challenged by this new reality.

The Agile Museum

December 10, 2019
I’ve been teaching the class Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK) for the last year now and I strongly believe parts of its content will send some of our current practices and books to the Agile museum.
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Speed Boats: Beware of Speeding!

October 23, 2019
Imagine a project with hundreds of people, a lead time in months, few releases a year. You could compare these as large cruise boats or tankers navigating for few weeks in the immensity and emptiness of the oceans and seas and then stopping to ports very far away from each other.
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Sprint Retrospectives with Kanban

October 8, 2019
A few weeks ago we considered the Agile Manifesto from a lean perspective. We saw that it is possible to map the 12 agile principles to the 7 canonical “Lean Wastes” in terms of a mitigation approach.
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Performance Measures and Flow

October 3, 2019
The legendary Steve Trapps has been talking to me for months about featuring in an interview. So here we are, I finally agreed and we spent 25 minutes talking about me; obviously mainly avoiding being narcissistic.