Agile is a set of principles that serve as the foundation for software development. As an Agile project manager, it is undoubtedly challenging if you have to choose between Scrum and Kanban. If you struggle to understand the key differences between Scrum and Kanban—or pick the right approach for your team, here is a guide to help you make the right decisions. In this article at TechRepublic, Jack Wallen enables you to determine which approach is best for your ongoing project management needs.
Differences Between Scrum and Kanban
Scrum has clearly defined roles such as Scrum Master, product owner, and team members. The Scrum Master focuses on operations and team efficiency for timely project completion. The team’s product owner focuses on products and project requirements and manages the backlog. Scrum team members work on the tasks assigned within the sprints.
On the contrary, Kanban does not have clearly defined roles. Project managers are often certified. However, the rest of the team working on a project does not have specific names.
In Scrum, changes and modifications are addressed at the end of each sprint. The Scrum team cannot change new work items until after a sprint ends. On the other hand, in Kanban, changes are made as a project progresses. Changes in Kanban are typically made based on workload or capacity to speed up the project.
When Should You Use Kanban?
Choose Kanban over Scrum if you are working on smaller projects or managing an ongoing project composed of small tasks such as bug fixing or enhancement requests.
With Kanban, you can organize and respond to minor project changes in real-time. Additionally, Kanban allows you to share boards with clients, outsourcers, and other stakeholders.
When Should You Use Scrum?
If you manage a future-driven, large project with big goals or multiple milestones, utilize Scrum instead of Kanban. Scrum helps you split complex projects into achievable tasks and set goals for your team along the way.
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