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Kanban and Scrum - making the most of both (Enterprise Software Development) Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Exceptional. Really enjoyed it. Very objective.
About the Author
Mattias Skarin started his journey in software development by asking himself a simple question: how do you succeed with software? He is a professional Lean and Kanban coach and has been helping software companies improve since 2007.
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"Kanban and Scrum" is about 100 pages and consists of 2 parts, each written by one of the two authors. The first part is the "Kanban and Scrum" part, written by Henrik, where he shortly clarifies Scrum and Kanban and explains the differences between them. He gives hints to in which situation Kanban and which situation Scrum might be better... and also hints about ways of combining them into Scrumban (a term Henrik doesn't use, but was popularized by one of the first descriptions of Kanban by Corey Ladas Scrumban - Essays on Kanban Systems for Lean Software Development).
The second part of this book is an experience report written by Mattias Skarin about applying Kanban for an operations team in a games company. He briefly explains how they got started and how gradually they evolved Kanban and the kind of decisions they had to make.
This book is very thin and reads fast (of the 100 pages, there are a lot of empty pages). Most of it is available for free from Henrik's page, so if you don't want to buy the book, you can just download it :) The writing is easy to read, it reads more like a blog post than a book.Read more ›
Maybe too expensive for the content, almost all the pages are printed on just one side so do not expect much more than a good article.
I would rank it 6/10 so not that great book actually.
As the authors put it in the opening.. "it's not the tool you start with, but the way you constantly improve your use of that tool and expand your toolset over time". In other words, Scrum, or any other methodology should not be treated as a dogma. Great teams review, adjust, and experiment with their process to discover what works for them and their environment. Scrum provides a set of guidelines, and Kanban relaxes some of them, giving you more wiggle room (which can be both a blessing and a curse) to explore: how you estimate, how you prioritize, which criteria you optimize (lead time vs troughput vs ...), whether you hold daily standups, and so on.
The book is a quick read and provides a good mix of hands-on examples and practical advice. The reassuring part was that our team has already arrived at many of the same conclusions and patterns on our own, and this just gave us the confidence to go even further and experiment with our workflow to a larger extent.
The second part of the book, with the case study, was the most useful to me. That allowed me to see what the authors meant when they talked about limiting the number of items in a stage. A real-life example was just what I needed to grasp what was happening.
I also found the kanban theory helpful to me since I am a writer supporting many cross-functional teams, but I can only do so many things at once. I am not, myself, cross-functional.
Read if: You are looking for new methods of looking at agile development that are less deliverable-based.
Skip if: You don't want to read about project management.
Also read: I dunno.
I really enjoyed the informative and easy to understand illustrations in the book that made some of the more complex subjects seem simple.
It is a short read that you can finish in a single night, but it can clear up many points of confusion that plague the software development and agile community.
I also really enjoyed the approach of the author's of suggesting to do what makes sense for your organization. Very few people address the choice between Agile methodologies in a way that embraces mixing and matching the best parts of each.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is considering an Agile based process.
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Thank you. Exactly as advertised and delivered as expected.Published 4 months ago by Thomas D. Connell
Clear, concise, and to the point. Very easy read, great content to pull from and apply in the workplace.Published 22 months ago by Jeremy P.
This was a requesteda birthday gift. Never heard of any complaints, but probably would not. Glad to get it thru the internet. Saved me time to hunt it down in the bookstores.Published on March 24, 2014 by Verda Brunkow
Quick short topics serve as a good review. Have heard that the content is available on the web, but the handhold version is great to keep in the office as a reference.Published on December 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer