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Scrumban: Essays on Kanban Systems for Lean Software Development

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Corey Ladas' groundbreaking paper "ScrumBan" has captured the imagination of the software development world. Scrum and agile methodologies have helped software development teams organize and become more efficient. Lean methods like kanban can extend these benefits. Kanban also provides a powerful mechanism to identify process improvement opportunities. This book covers som ...more
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Published January 12th 2008 by Modus Cooperandi Press (first published 2008)
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Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Presented here are a number of essays on lean software. Less an introduction to the concept, the book is more musings with a theme. That said, there are introductions to some of the aspects of Kanban and how they are being applied to software (after their original application to manufacturing). Also included are thoughts on the best ways to do things in a Kanban system - the proper layout of the big board, how big a team the system (and variations on the system) can support, how small a portion ...more
Robert Postill
I feel bad in some ways for this book. It came just after reading the Kanban book and also the rspec book. So when I picked this book up I was looking forward to stretching my legs intellectually. Sadly, this book wasn't what I wanted. Too simple in some ways and not simple enough in others this book suffers from being an advanced book on agile (by requiring pre-knowledge of SCRUM/XP and Lean thinking) yet also rebuilding arguments eloquently made by others in setting the basis of the book. Some ...more
Christophe Addinquy
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: agiliste expérimenté
Shelves: agile
This book is short, but the content is not. Many people spoke about merging Scrum and Kanban looking at this book. But this is not the purpose of the text. It's all about the nature of agile, about how to move the development model while the team maturity progress. The whole book is in fact a compilation of blog post, but it's worth reading !
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David Snook
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a small book, it is surprisingly packed with software development process insights. It is also surprisingly applicable even nine years after it was published, which I partially attribute to how early the author was applying Lean concepts to software development (while everyone else was just starting to pick up on Scrum). A self-professed software "methodology geek", the author is not a process snob but instead takes an eclectic approach and shows how various approaches can be mixed-and-match ...more
Nathalie Karasek
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, _hardcopy, kanban, scrum
I was looking forward to reading this book as I was expecting some insight on how to combine scrum and kanban. I am now rather disappointed. The book is just a bunch of articles that I would rather expect to read on a blog. Some interesting things have been mentioned but to be honest I did not really understand some parts of it. Concepts/Methods/Tools have been mentioned without giving any explanation so without researching things on the internet I felt pretty lost. That is not a pleasant readin ...more
Mike Fowler
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: technology, lean
Several interesting ideas and observations. Good refresher on Kanban with critiques of other Agile methodologies.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: computer
For those of you that have felt that Scrum was just a touch childish, this is definitely a perfect read. This books describes a "second generation" of Agile development processes, using Scrum as a foundation for evolution.

This book assumes detailed knowledge of Scrum, and at least a passing knowledge of Lean principles (don't expect to find a definition of "Kanban" in here); however, this just lets you get on with the important bit: why this all works (and, most interestingly, how Scrum grasps a
Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: scrum, lean-kanban
Scrumban was on my reading list for some time. The book offers some tips and some useful approaches that can be experimented with software development teams and is a useful resource for team members interested in applying the Kanban Method.

Despite that, the book did no reach my expectations. Corey Ladas writes the essays with a technical orientation (I personally like this style), but the book is not self-contained enough to introduce the reader to Kanban.

I also believe that the name Scrumban gi
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: lean
Not really about Scrum AND Kanban, but about Kanban INSTEAD OF Scrum. This book is a series of essays on lean principles, agile processes, Scrum (mostly ridicule) and Kanban.

I've taken from the book the thought to better analyze software development workflows. The author argues convincingly that the de facto Scrum workflow (to do, doing, done) is not sufficient.

The book is also useful if you need an incremental approach for switching from Scrum to Kanban.
Katharina Joos
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: online-media
Found this book quite difficult to read and had to re-read bits. Am dipping into it occasionally for reference purposes.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Never got that "aha!" Moment I was looking for. Nothing too Earth-shattering here.
Kirill Klimov
Great agile reading. Not entry level. Super value/volume ratio.
Maksym Karazieiev
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Some essays and theory on kanban and lean. Couple of good examples but nothing outstanding
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