Scrumban – Essays on Kanban Systems – A Book Review
We know about Scrum and Kanban as flavors of Agile development. Scrumban is a combination of best features of Scrum and Kanban. It is inherited from Agile software development, and supports organizations to achieve a more functional development system. Scrumban supports cross-functional and self-organizing teams allowing proper planning and accurate delivery of software projects. Using Scrumban, the project follows a development cycle that supports conceptual framework with continuous, direct interaction throughout all phases of the software development life cycle.
The first paperback edition of Scrumban was published in January, 2009 by Modus Cooperandi Press. The thickness of the book is approximately 0.4 inches, and contains 180 pages. The book received an average rating of 3.8 out of 5 from customers at Amazon. Interestingly, the book cover illustrates a team winning a match of tug of war, depicting that Scrumban is the winning formula in all the development methodologies. ISBN-10: 0578002140; ISBN-13: 978-0578002149
Scrumban targets software developers, managers, testers, or simply anyone following the agile methods of software development. The readers learn how to manage teams, and how to split the work among the teams. Scrumban is ideal for people who want to follow the dynamically changing environment of software development and current happenings in the market.
What Customers Say
According to Mr. Bas Vodde, Scrumban in an interesting book to read, and he loves reading this book. He thinks that the author delivered knowledge about very interesting processes in software development.
Mr. John Stoneham says that the author, Corey Ladas, has given a conversational, gentle, and opinionated introduction regarding pull system and Kanban in the book. He liked the book because Corey Ladas has shared opinions according to his own vast experiences.
Content, Approach, Style
In Scrumban, the author describes everything clearly, with a summary of the topic along with the elaborate information. Readers can select a topic from the index, which is very well-organized, and go to the respective page for comprehensive information. Scrumban is being used by many organizations, and becoming popular day by day. Kanban is best suited for a project that works on production support. Consequently, for all maintenance projects, the Scrumban approach should be followed, because it has the features of development and support.
The summary section of Scrumban lists a few things that can be applied to projects. At the end of the book, the author discusses more advanced topics like handling bugs, prioritizing backlogs, and making hand-overs more efficient.
Why Buy the Book
This book has covered all the essential elements and is valuable guide for project managers and leaders to learn about roles and opportunities. Basically, the book tries to find a middle ground between Scrum and Kanban to provide a better and more efficient software development methodology, as Scrumban delves into the best features of these two popular methods.
Books that Compliment
Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large Scale Projects with Kanban is a great book which gives a detailed view on managing large scale projects. This book is about leaning from actual practice, and contains real world situations that people face.
Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change by David J. Anderson is a very popular book that provides information about Kanban, a development method that has been implemented by a lot of organizations with a very positive outcome.
Corey Ladas is the pioneer of the Scrumban process framework, which allows for a cooperative team workflow. Apart from being an author, he is the editor of Lean Software Engineering website. Additionally, he is a qualified operating and embedded systems developer, with qualifications in cybernetics and general systems engineering. He is also the founding partner of the publishing company Modus Cooperandi.