What is Scrumban? The methodology at a glance

Scrumban is a mixture of both Kanban and Scrum. Scrumban is unique in the sense that it takes the very best features and qualities of both Kanban and Scrum. It makes these features its own and performs efficiently and maximally. Methodology can be defined as a system of approaches and methods utilized in a particular field or a different fields. Without a system serving as a guide post in any field, there would be confusion and movement in such field would be blind movement. Thus the need for methodology.

Scrumban keeps its iterations minute and short

Scrumban methodology
Scrumban divided teams into small and detailed iterations, whose progress is tracked and supervised by a visual board. Below are the various methodologies that are utilized by Scrumban.

1. Organization Based on Priority
Jumping into an event or project without sufficient planning and prioritizing will most likely bring about failure and minimal impact. The most important tasks are placed on the Scrumban board and marked as high priority tasks. It distinguishes the important tasks from the unimportant ones allowing the team carry out the objectives which need to be completed for a more successful outcome.

A column marked specially for priorities can be added to the Scrumban board allowing the team members to arrange tasks and objectives based on those with the highest priority

2. Scrumban Board
Scrumban utilizes a board which is similar to the Kanban board for the purpose of visual breakdown of the work flow process.

This board supervises and monitors the progress of the team. A simplistic board in Scrumban contains the columns, that is, “To Do”, “Presently Doing” and ‘‘Done’’. This thus traces the progress of the individual or the team. When an objective or task comes up, it is the added to the column tagged “To Do”, when a task is then being undertaken, it is then moved to the column “Presently Doing” and once accomplished, it is the moved to the final column tagged “Done”.

Furthermore, there are limitations placed on the amount of tasks that can be undertaken on the Scrumban board. This helps reduce heavy burdens on the individuals and the team so as to proceed efficiently

3. The Principle of “Pull”
Members in Scrumban are allowed to the pick out of the various tasks available. The project leader or supervisor would not pick out tasks for the team. This makes all the members choose the task which they are efficient and thus the work process moves along smoothly

4. Short Iterations
Scrumban keeps its iterations minute and short. This done for adaptability, this assures that the team can quickly adjust and even change their course of action to suit the environment

5. Planning
Planning in Scrumban is done based on Demand. The demand at that particular point in time determines the plans which would be used in Scrumban

In a nutshell, the methodology of Scrumban includes the use of a scrumban board, the principle of pull, short iterations etc. Scrumban is a grat tool for management of projects and events as it takes the best characteristics out of two of the leading tools for support I.e Kanban and Scrum

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