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Scrumban: A Powerful Combination

Teams using Scrum sometimes struggle with operational or emergent work blowing up their sprint plans. As DevOps delivery is increasingly used by organizations the need of Scrum teams to accommodate operational work also increases. After all, it does not matter how interesting that new feature is if production is down. By combining the disciplines of Scrum and Kanban teams can find that happy balance of planned work and emergent work while still maintaining discipline and continuous improvement.

As an example, we will build up a hybrid process for a hypothetical team to discuss the reasoning behind different combinations of practices that could be used. I will review 3 categories of hybrid ScrumBan delivery methods that are typically seen in the industry.

Is agility even possible in implementing commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) systems?

Many individuals who have worked as part of an initiative to implement off-the-shelf systems have heard that agile approaches can’t work - that agile only works when building solutions from scratch or adding functionality to these systems. We believe and have seen, that agile approaches are actually preferable to a traditional waterfall in these instances, and the differences between proprietary and customization of commercially available system development have more in common than not.

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