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Scrumban - How to win friends and influence people?

My guess is that Ladas provokes extremes of like or dislike to his writing, depending on whether you happen to agree with him or not. Nevertheless I fall in the middle (well three and half stars rounded up perhaps!) as, while I do find the uncompromising ridicule of non-lean/less-lean processes somewhat wearing, I do think he's got some important ideas to share.

So I'm with the author on the main thrust of his argument, but just to dismiss eXtreme Programming for example as a reinterpretation of the V-model, seems less than just for one of the key advancing influences for agile in the first decade of this century. Similarly Scrum comes in for some merciless treatment - many people are going hate this book on an emotional level long before they parse the content - and especially if they interpreted the title as a description of an agile method that combines elements of Scrum and Kanban. That's not what Ladas means by Scrumban. He's discussing instead what evolution of …

Lessons in Agile Management by David J. Anderson

Holiday reading this year was David Anderson's "Road to Kanban" book. I had a similar initial reaction to this book as Malcolm Gladwell's "What the Dog Saw" - it's a compilation of previously published work (in this case from Anderson's blog) and if I didn't read it the first time why should I read it now?! In fact both books won me round very quickly. There's a lot of new work invested in "Lessons in Agile Management", in grouping related articles and commenting from a contemporary perspective on the developments in the agile community. There are also just valuable and insightful articles on many aspects of software development and management that I found both refreshing and original. Kanban is a relatively new kid on the block when it comes to agile frameworks - the major incumbent Scrum is consequently suspicious and negative towards it - but as this book shows, its roots are deep and arguably more secure than many views of agi…

Could Kanban be defined in a "Scale-free" manner?

Scale-free or scale-invariant processes are like fractals. They work independently of scale - from the intergalactic to the molecular if you like. Could a scale-free definition exist for an agile process such as Kanban - a process that would be robust and effective from the personal and small team scale to the scale of whole or multiple enterprises?
I've recently returned from three days in Hamburg on +David Anderson's Kanban masterclass and this was one of the questions that was raised during the sessions. Uncontroversially Anderson stated that Kanban, like agile processes such as Scrum, XP and FDD, is not scale-free. Different definitions of Kanban exist at different scales. Personal Kanban applies to individuals and small teams. It uses a subset of the methods and techniques defined in Anderson's Blue Book and may have other techniques which are not applicable at higher levels. Equally Portfolio Kanban, which does not yet have a reference text, but exists in the experie…