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Methods such as Scrum and Kanban offer different techniques to help teams become more agile. Together they are based on the agile manifesto. The aim is to promote agile core skills in teams such as "delivery in short cycles", "prioritizing" and "effective cooperation.

Scrum and Kanban are agile methods at team level that can be combined and used with SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) or LeSS (Large Scale Scrum) in larger projects. Under the Scrum Guide you will find a short introduction to the methodology as a download.

The following comparison shows an overview of the differences between Scrum and Kanban.

Core Capability

Scrum

Kanban

Providing valuable increments in short cycles

At the end of a sprint, tested software is delivered and the product quality is checked. The fixed timing of the sprints results in regular feedback on the finished product.

The most important levers of Kanban are small batches and the limitation of work in progress (WIP). Both result in faster delivery of increments.

Effective prioritization

The tool of Scrum for prioritization is the product backlog. Functionalities are prioritized for short-term delivery cycles.

Kanban also uses the instrument product backlog. Prioritization in the kanban system is supported by WIP and pull mechanisms.

Reliable statements on development progress

At the end of the sprint, the team demonstrates the progress of the work, i.e. finished stories with automated tests. This, together with estimates in story points, forms the basis for empirical progress monitoring and effective forecasts.

The most important measurement variables in Kanban are the cycle time and the cumulative flow diagram (CFD). This allows empirical predictions to be made without prior estimates.

Motivation, responsibility and effective cooperation of people

With its role model, the Scrum process promotes the responsibility of the entire team and thus the motivation and responsibility for the product, the work process and the quality.

Important elements in Kanban are the visualization of the process, key figures and explicit rules (policies). Thus Kanban supports a process of continuous improvement

A major success of Agility is based on the experience that motivated people perform at their best in a self-organizing team. Many know this experience or were even part of such a team themselves. The work is fun and you make tremendous progress. Controversial topics are openly discussed and one works highly concentrated in a kind of flow state.

Such a situation is not easy to achieve and many teams have problems working in a self-organized way. We know the factors that prevent a team from working successfully together. The prerequisite for top performance is a trustful environment that cultivates agile values such as respect, openness, courage, focus and commitment.

We want to empower Scrum Masters, executives and companies to create an environment for high-performance teams. Encourage the motivation and efficiency of your teams by introducing an agile culture.

Consulting and training offerings

Scrum Certification

We are Registered Education Provider of Scrum Alliance and offer the full range of Scrum Certification Trainings.

Kanban Certification

We offer Kanban System Design (KMP I) und Kanban Management Professional (KMP II) as inhouse Trainings or open trainings in German.

Consulting

Agile transition for teams

We start with training to introduce Scrum or Kanban to each team. We then support your team through their first change steps via feedback and coaching. Together with your teams, we develop a set of rules, structures and values ​​that support the sustainable and continuous improvement of agile practices.