Episode 116 - Is Kanban right for you?

We've all been there.  Scrum is getting old, and you want to try something new.  Here comes Kanban to save the day!  Maybe not.  Kanban sometimes just makes things worse.  We help you figure out if Kanban is right for you.

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  1. Dear Bob and Josh,

    Thank you for this episode. About two months ago I tried to go from Scrum to Kanban with a team. It seemed like a good step at the time, because we are doing continuous delivery and the sprint ceremonies seemed to make little sense. Our features would be at customers before sprint reviews and the fixed sprint duration seemed over-restrictive. The team was behind the idea, but it didn't turn out to bring the results we hoped.

    One of the most notable things was the disconnect to the bigger picture. We underestimated the maturity needed to go towards Kanban. When we switched back to sprints we saw immediate increase in productivity.

    What do you think are good indicators that a team might be ready for Kanban? In the episode you talk about a team "earning" the right to do Kanban. Do you think Grows method (http://growsmethod.com/practices/index-by-stage.html) gives good guidelines to estimate whether we are ready for Kanban?

    Thank you for your work,
    You inspire me to try to do better every day

  2. Hi Joris,

    Thank you for your kind words and question. We really appreciate it!

    I'm not sure if Grows is the best place to look for a Kanban maturity or readiness check. BUT, you've inspired me with this question. I'll try to write a blog post that explores the details of what I think are the key factors for Kanban success.

    I'll cover the "Big Picture" disconnect you allude to, because I've seen it as well. But there are other factors.

    If I get a coherent enough blog post, I might see if Josh wants to explore the topic together in a future Meta-cast as well.

    Take good care!